If you’re not prepared to be wrong …

Posted by Linda Matthews on April 25, 2011

… you’ll never come up with anything original.

So says Ken Robinson. And I tend to agree.

Growing up, I’m sure most of us were told to avoid making mistakes and this has subsequently contributed to a whole generation of “perfectionists”. Yes I’m talking about you. And me. Maybe not so much me anymore, I simply don’t have the energy for it that I used to have. And of course being a perfectionist is one of the easiest ways to kill your creativity. It’s only through mistakes that we learn and grow. I wish they’d taught that lesson in school.

Enjoy this TED talk by Ken Robinson; it’s very humorous and inspiring.

The ElementA few days after I saw this TED lecture I happened to be in the book store and came across his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, so I grabbed it as I thought I might enjoy it.

This was a really quick read and very inspirational with lots of examples (maybe just a tad too many) of how many famous people found their element – the place where passion and natural talent collide. Some of us are very fortunate to have found this place, and I know some are still looking. But I don’t think it’s ever too late and you’re never too old to find it.

I really enjoyed the book. It was very thought provoking and entertaining. I hope you do too.

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  1. Great lesson.

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