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Mike Holberg
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Creativity Takes Courage

History is full of examples of courageous people who presented new and creative ideas to the world, only to be mocked and ridiculed by the majority.
Written Aug 03, 2010, read 3468 times since then.
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The great artist Henri Matisse was once quoted saying that "creativity takes courage". It takes courage to continue to move forward with an idea in art, in business and in life.  It takes courage to be an artist, to step away from the norm and create something new. You do this knowing that you will be judged by others and not always kindly. You will hear “What where you thinking?” “That’s ugly.” “Nobody else does it that way.” “Are you crazy?”

History is full of examples of courageous people who presented new and creative ideas to the world, only to be mocked and ridiculed by the majority. Those people stuck to their ideas through trial and tribulation only to come out the other end touted as “visionaries” by the very critics who had ridiculed them in the beginning. Where would we all be without the courage of those who came before us? Think of all the revolutionary ideas that are no just basic parts of everyday life:

  1. The world is round?
  2. Man can fly? Or walk on the moon.
  3. Talk over a wire to a person miles away? Now we don’t even need the wire.
  4. Photos, moving photos, talking pictures.
  5. A computer in every home, and now in every briefcase.
  6. A country where the government is of the people, for the people and by the people.

Really, how much courage did it take for the authors of these ideas to voice them in public? All of these ideas seemed very radical to their critics at the time and now we just take them for granted. It took someone with a tremendous amount of courage to stick with these ideas and prove them possible. Every one of them seemed absolutely impossible when they were put forth, absolutely impossible and yet here we are.

Times are tough these days. Recession, high unemployment, natural disasters and man made ones, wars, famine, etc. etc. etc.  Where will the next “creative – courageous” idea come from? You? Why not you? What crazy idea has been rolling around in your head waiting for you to voice it? Be courageous and tell it to someone. It will never be a help to anyone if it never comes out.

Do you know the difference between those who innovate and create amazing results and those who don’t?  Those who have amazing full lives and those who watch them do it? Innovators have the courage to take a step into the unknown. They believe in themselves and in their own ideas. Most of us are afraid to fail even one time at anything, while innovators will fail over and over again. It is there commitment to an idea that keeps them getting up and taking another swing until they hit the home run. These individuals will get fired from jobs, make and loose millions of dollars, be famous and infamous. Through it all they stay committed to their ideas and will always step up for another swing at the prize.

Remember, you don’t need a million ideas; it only takes one to change everything.

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  • Bellevue Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Toy & Book Creator 
Bellevue, Washington 
Susan Straub-Martin
    Posted by Susan Straub-Martin, Bellevue, Washington | Aug 03, 2010

    Mike: Great article. It reminded me why I am doing what I am doing. I have tried before and failed, I always seem to be to much or not enough, but when it comes to my art I fit in just right.

    True passion,belief and courage can take anyone far...even to the moon.

    Thanks Susan

  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 03, 2010

    Good for you Susan, keep at it, and you will get to the moon!

  • Motivational Writer, Professional Blogger! 
Lynnwood, Washington 
Lorrie Perencevic
    Posted by Lorrie Perencevic, Lynnwood, Washington | Aug 03, 2010

    Awesome article! I needed a little inspiration and went browsing articles here...and voila! Thank you so much for the uplifting thoughts and encouragement!

    Blessings! Lorrie

  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 03, 2010

    Like you, I find inspiration in many places. Thanks for reading my article and I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • Public Relations 
Chappaqua, New York 
Richard Berman
    Posted by Richard Berman, Chappaqua, New York | Aug 03, 2010

    Great article Mike. I have always made it a rule to tell a client what I think, not what I think they will want to hear....if you give the most creative response it can always be trimmed down but thinking in the abstract is always the best way to start. best, Rich

  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 04, 2010

    Thanks Rich, Sounds like great plan of action on yur part. Mike

  • maintenance supervisor 
Waterville, Kansas 
Ralph Hudson
    Posted by Ralph Hudson, Waterville, Kansas | Aug 04, 2010

    Great Article Mike!! A person has to step out of their comfort zone to experience the success and failures of innovation. I have failed many times and it has never stopped me from moving forward. It has only made my life better.

  • Forest engineer 
Matagami, Quebec Canada 
Martin Filion
    Posted by Martin Filion, Matagami, Quebec Canada | Aug 05, 2010

    Very good article Mike,

    I also tried often and probably failed 9 times on 10. I had to gobble up some thousands dollars in various adventures but regret nothing. It is probably as in the baseball, it is about necessary taken before striking a safe blow. Sometimes resources or time are missing but as you write, it is often the courage which misses most.

  • Blogging/Social Networking Consultant 
Pennellville, New York 
Carolee Sperry
    Posted by Carolee Sperry, Pennellville, New York | Aug 05, 2010

    So true and a great reminder to those who have tried and not succeeded yet!

  • Insomnia, Sleep Doctor 
Seattle, Washington 
Dr. Catherine Darley
    Posted by Dr. Catherine Darley, Seattle, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    Thanks for a fabulous article Mike! That rich innovation, creativity and courage can sure pay off in the satisfaction of a fulfilling and interesting career.

    It also helps to take the long view, that new ideas don't take hold over-night. I consider my work to be my "Life-work" so I've got another 20-25+ years to pursue it. This view makes it easier to be relaxed about setbacks because I've got time.

  • Certified Life Coach 
Bellevue, Washington 
Jen Trulson
    Posted by Jen Trulson, Bellevue, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    Thanks Mike! I asked for inspiration today and look what appeared. Fantastic article.

  • Holistic Energy Therapist & Kissing School Trainer 
Seattle, Washington 
Cherie Byrd, MA
    Posted by Cherie Byrd, MA, Seattle, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    I remember 1998 when I decided to create Kissing School instead of teaching sexuality at Bastyr. Even my own "inner academics" were shouting, you're doing WHAT!!??

    Of course it tossed me completely out of the therapist box I'd been clawing at for 2 decades and became the most interesting gift I've offered.

    So my tip is to beware of the inner critics, they've probably just bought someone else's vision anyway.

    Thanks for a fab article Mike, it warms my heart, which is where courage is found.

  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    Cherie, excellent point, the inner critic is always the most severe and negative. It's also the one that talks to us the most!

  • Numerical pattern recognition based on a person's numerological profile (author/consultant) 
Mercer Island, Washington 
Ute Medley
    Posted by Ute Medley, Mercer Island, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    Courage is often accompanied with feeling of isolation and that is a huge stumbling block to overcome.

  • Sustainable Design & Consulting + Home Plans 
Seattle, Washington 
César Arizmendi
    Posted by César Arizmendi, Seattle, Washington | Aug 05, 2010

    I enjoyed reading your article! Thanks Mike.

  • Photo Retoucher 
Evanston, Illinois 
Eric Basir
    Posted by Eric Basir, Evanston, Illinois | Aug 05, 2010

    I have one for everyone: World Peace without firing a shot, dropping a bomb or taking a hostage.

  • Professional speaker/author/business consultant plus painting contractor 
Seattle, Washington 
Jack Fecker
    Posted by Jack Fecker, Seattle, Washington | Aug 06, 2010

    Loved the article Mike. Most of the businesses I started were not on the known radar. I finally came to the conclusion that when 100% of the people were telling me that they didn't think it would work I knew I was on the right track. It worked every time and I eventually started 20 businesses with this philosophy. Creative people do not have the word realistic in thier vocabulary.

    100 Ideas an Hour
  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 09, 2010

    Thanks Jack, I agree, you have to step away from the mainstream to be creative.

  • Owner/Photographer 
Issaquah, Washington 
Julie Clegg
    Posted by Julie Clegg, Issaquah, Washington | Aug 11, 2010

    Super inspiring and great things to keep in mind! Love the article!

  • Seattle Business Coach / Seattle Leadership Coach / Executive Coach / Author / Speaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Hsuan-Hua Chang, PCC, LMBA
    Posted by Hsuan-Hua Chang, PCC, LMBA, Seattle, Washington | Aug 22, 2010

    "Innovators have the courage to take a step into the unknown." This is very true for all the small biz owners too! Every step we take, we are rewarded by the lesson learned.

    I enjoyed reading your article!

  • Spiritual Counselor, Healer, and Writer with Divine Messages. 
Seattle, Washington 
Sea Gabriel
    Posted by Sea Gabriel, Seattle, Washington | Sep 01, 2010

    Thank you for this article, Mike, I needed to hear it!

  • Passionate hand blown glass and beautiful cremation memorials. 
Issaquah, Washington 
Mike  Holberg
    Posted by Mike Holberg, Issaquah, Washington | Sep 01, 2010

    Sometimes inspiration comes when we least expect it.

  • Stress Awareness and Inner Communication Coach 
Bellevue, Washington 
Patricia  Klingler
    Posted by Patricia Klingler, Bellevue, Washington | Sep 01, 2010

    Very well written, Mike. Isn't it interesting how negative connotations are attached to the word "failure?" Even the dictionary defines it as "lack of success."

    Ha! It's a hallmark of success, as you point out so eloquently. Failure is proof of risk-taking, ingenuity, and creative stretches. Every idea has merit and deserves to be acknowledged. As you note, many ideas that were once deemed implausible have become the foundation for much of the progress we see in our world.

    Thanks for an inspiring reminder to not hold back, to calm the fear, and to forge ahead.

    ~ Patricia

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