What if I fail?
When you try anything for the first time, there’s a natural fear that you might fail. When I think about trying something new for the first time, my initial thought is almost always “what if I fail?” Over time, I tried to focus more on what I could potentially be capable of doing, rather than worrying about failing. I found this helped me want to try to learn new skills, even if it involved failing to apply them properly the first few times. But learning through trial-and-error about where your limits are, it will involve leaving your comfort zone, which will result in you experiencing failures along the way.
I’m constantly trying to learn new illustration styles and techniques. When I try to draw something for the first time, I know it will probably not end up looking the way I want it to. Nothing wrong with that! What keeps me going is focusing more on the improvements I’m making, and less on the result. It’s exciting for me, because with each attempt, I can see the improvements, and the potential to keep getting better. I’m trying, failing, then trying again. Once I’m done, I can see the improvement from where I started, to where I finished. If I kept asking myself “what if I fail”, I would be losing out on developing new skills, which could only have been possible after learning from my failures.
Failures and setbacks are going to happen at some point in your life, both professionally and personally, despite your best efforts and intentions. But you can’t let them stop you from trying to move forward. You can learn from those failures and try again. Also, remind yourself what you did right, and use that as encouragement to give you the confidence to try again.
If you’re too worried about making a mistake, of not ever failing, then over time you will avoid wanting to ever try anything new, and you’ll never be able to grow. But if you really want to find out what your potential is, you have to avoid this trap, even if it means experiencing failures along the way.
Try. Fail. Learn from those failures and try again. You will get better, and you’ll feel empowered to take on more challenges. Also, you’ll want to encourage those around you to do the same. Some may feel content to stay where they are, but others may feel compelled to do more if they hear encouragement from those around them.
The character I illustrated below is for a story about a child who wants to learn more about the outside world, even if that means learning just how little books can prepare him once he experiences the outside world for the first time.
Thanks for reading my second blog. I’d love to any feedback or comments you would like to make. I’d also welcome any thoughts you have on illustration, writing, or just any stories you would like to share!