Let’s get this one thing out of the way: If you follow your creative impulses and begin to boldly express your ideas, you will feel embarrassed, ashamed, or apologetic, at times, about the quality of work that comes out of you.
That’s when you’ll have to ask yourself the following question: is it more important that I actualize my creative potential or that I build a track record with no creative blemishes?
If your goal is the latter, then stay away from all this messy creativity stuff. Keep all your ideas to yourself and don’t put anything out there until an Angel descends from heaven and tells you it’s time to reveal your genius to the rest of us.
If, on the other hand, you wish to actualize your creative potential, please take a brief break from the safety of your imagination and bring your gifts, talents, and aspirations out here into this cold and calloused world of critics, haters, and naysayers (as well as to this comforting and compassionate world of fans, supporters, and allies).
You haven’t begun practicing your craft until you’ve started to hold yourself accountable to real feedback, real audience response, real results, and real consequences.
The less qualified you are, the more aggressive you need to be about seeking out such experiences.
You’ll be amazed at how fast personal and professional growth can happen when people are watching you, others are being affected by your actions, and you know that something important to you is actually at stake.