Yes. It's a lie. But, do you believe it?
How many of you—raise of hands, 'cause I can't see them, and if you're really raising your hands I love you so much!—don't do something because you stick to the excuse, "I'm not good at it."
If you're not raising your hand, or you shook your head and said, "That's not me," uh... denial. It is you. It's all of us. It's sad. But it's true.
When faced with an idea to do something creative that we have never done before or that is out of our comfort zone, the first thought that comes to mind is, "I'm not sure," or "I don't think I'll be any good," or "What about all the people watching who will recognize my failure?"
If you're really not one of these people, that's awesome. You've graduated Creative and Fearless school. Google a diploma and have a party. You win...
But if you are one of those people—again, there's a lot of us—let's look at that title again: The Lie: You have to be perfect to be creative. Yes, it's a lie. The truth: You don't have to be perfect to create.
You don't have to be perfect to be creative.
The Lie, or Perfection: The Trap of Noncreativeness
The real lie: Perfection. Perfection is not a thing. Really. It doesn't exist. Not in this mortal realm where life is all about learning and progressing. If anyone were perfect, they'd be with God.
I am not perfect. You are not perfect.
The idea of perfection is a trap. It's a snare that keeps us from living our true potential to create, to progress, to learn. The idea of perfection keeps us from trying new things that we could possibly, maybe, become good at.
Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
It's true. Everyone has to start somewhere. Yes, some people are born progenies, like Mozart. But even he had to learn the names of the notes and experiment.