Creativity is a gamble. But what’s not?

“Look high, look low, and we see that gamblers actually form the majority of the world’s inhabitants.” – James Runciman.

One way to get better at gambling is to start with low bets, experiment with different games, and practice repeatedly.

You and I are gambling every day, which is why it’s important to have some idea of how to get better at it.

Whenever we start a project or pursue an idea, we’re risking our time, energy, and potentially money, on something that we can’t see the outcome of. It’s a gamble to try something new, to be creative. Only fools believing they can accurately predict the outcome of any endeavor, which makes the gamble that much more worthwhile.

Sometimes you win big, you get lucky. Other times you simply lose and have to get over the loss of your time or money or emotional bet.

If you want to get better at being creative, you need to get used to gambling more with your ideas. Take risks and try something new. Bluff, if you have to, but be content with the possibility of losing. Because you will lose, more often than you’ll win.

Fortunately, ideas and energy automatically replenish themselves over time – unlike money – so you’re not really gambling anything that would make it impossible to gamble again in the future.

So, take a gamble on being wrong. If you lose, you don’t lose much, but the potential to win big is always there. It’s worth the risk to try something new.

Photo by Conor Ogle.