Monday Musings, 3: "You Can't Be Creative If You Don't Take Risks"

Have you ever thought of an idea, for work or for fun, and then realized that your idea might be impractical and crazy as hell? Guess what. You were being creative.

Creativity is something that all people possess. It's the ability to transition original ideas to create new and meaningful ones. As most people say, it's the ability to "think outside the box." The one reason why some people aren't as creative as others is the fear of taking risk. In order to be creative, one must accept and embrace risk and break out of their comfort zone. In business, this is hard because some companies don't like taking risks (at least uncalculated ones), and that's why some companies struggle to get ahead. Great ideas don't come in the form of the status quo, and most times they can't be forecasted.

In order to be creative, one must accept and embrace risk and break out of their comfort zone...Great ideas don’t come in the form of the status quo, and most times they can’t be forecasted.

When we fear risk, we fear uncertainty. With a creative idea, the outcomes are uncertain, and the benefits are as drastic as the drawbacks. You never know what will come of your idea, and that's the scary part. But risk is a part of the creative process. Challenging the status quo is risky. Going against what everyone says won't work is risky. Thinking of something no one has ever done before is risky (and f*cking exciting). Pitching an idea that has a great chance of failing to your boss is risky. But it all has to be done if you want to get ahead. If you want to the change the world or whatever realm in which you exist, you have to take the leap. Get uncomfortable. Know that whatever idea you come up with can be done, and don't think otherwise.

Don't ignore your creative ideas, no matter how risky they are. That one idea that you think is too risky might just be your big breakthrough.