Leadership and Fear

If you take the responsibility to lead, to present your opinions, to get involved, to actually help people solve problems, to be the one that says what’s next, to listen, to plan carefully, to stand up for what you believe in, do you still have time to fear things not going your way?

If you fear that you will get fired so you never speak up, if you always stay in the back of the room thinking about how to phrase your question because you are anxious about being made fun of, if you worry about involving too much and receiving to little in return, if you anxiously wait for your turn to speak instead of listening, if you never plan because you are afraid it won’t work out anyway, do you still have time to lead?

Leadership and fear dance together constantly. Choosing one usually takes the other down a notch.

Fear and Regret

Fear is the addiction to comfort zone before leaping into the unknown.

Regret is the addiction to comfort zone after leaping into the unknown.

In business, relationships, and art there is always going to be a tingle of the “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome. This is going to drive a ton of leaping into the unknown, whether it’s actually good or not.

And we will make tons of rationalizations post and after the leap, when in fact, it doesn’t matter whether we fear the future or regret the past. What matters is to defeat the addiction to comfort zone before it overwhelms our decision making and cannot leap anymore.

Art is Creativity plus Subtraction

The difference between a good piece of art and a mediocre piece of art is not what you see on the canvas or screen or hear on the record; but what the artist or designer chose to left out before sharing the piece with the world.

This is subtraction.

When we try to ideate and come up with some idea to fulfill our artistic impulse or solve the problem at hand we are using our creative powers- we generate, brainstorm, use weird mind-mapping techniques and draw lots of lines and circles.

This is an unbounded process; the more, the better, because the more you have, the easier it is to remove what is clearly not working and arrive at something suitable.

But after spending your time to gather the few concepts that matter, and you need to refine them, we lose sight of the big picture and refine everything. And then what we set out to make look awesome becomes another brick in the creative wall.

The difference is always made by what you choose to let out because it doesn’t make sense for the big picture.