To stand out: try stuff, even when it’s crap

“It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff ‒ as much stuff as possible ‒ with as little fear as possible. It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it.” – Stefan Sagmeister

If I hadn’t published this article, who would have? If you didn’t create the ideas in your head, and put them out into the world where they can be criticized and evolve and who knows what else, who else would have?

The answer is nobody.

Somebody may make something similar to what you could be – a similar painting, or drawing, or dance, or song – but it wouldn’t be the same. Why? Because nobody can use the ideas that are in your head, fueled by the experiences you’ve had, to use your talents (or lack thereof) to create what only you can create.

Of course the kicker is that the way to stand out in the world of creatives is to actually make things. To put in the time and effort and then throw your idea into the world like a paper airplane into the wind.

Not everybody has what it takes to see their ideas off like that, but that’s all the more reason you should. Because doing something with what you create is why you’re a creative. It’s what makes you different than anyone else.

So go create that thing that’s been in the back of your head over the last little while. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be real.

Photo by Adam Katz For Stefan Sagmeister’s “Things I Have Learned in My Life” project.