Creative Failure

Ally wrote a brilliant piece on why creative people don’t succeed — at least as much as they should succeed.

On the surface, it doesn’t seem to make sense. You’d think that creative people are the ones with the ideas and the ability to carry out those ideas.

Whether it be writing, designing, podcasting — or any other medium — those are the types of folks that could easily knock it out of the park.

She goes on to say something that I resonate with:

What’s stopping incredibly smart, creative people from becoming as successful as they hope to be — and can be — is their own mindset.

Ok, so resonate is a pretty deep understatement, because for me there’s a significant amount of truth in what she says. I am definitely my biggest roadblock — and it’s me who gets in the way of being great.

In other words, I suffer from imposter syndrome big time. It all boils down to a lack of confidence that I am what I say I am.

Thankfully Sonia reminds me I’m not alone:

In my experience, there’s no amount of self-talk or “I can do it!” self-motivation that will really do much for the problem.

And then she says something I needed to hear:

Your authority comes from your audience, from how you help that audience get something they want.

As my friend and colleague Pamela often says, “We focus too much on pushing ourselves on others and should focus more on pulling others in.”

Some really smart words there — and advice I intend to follow.