Monthly Archives: February 2021

What Would You Do If You Knew That You would Fail

If there was the foresight that an endeavor that was being embarked on would most likely miss the intended mark of a prior expectation, would you still take on the challenge?

There’s little argument being put forward to discourage the assertion that transformational growth simply cannot happen in the safety of what has already become known. If growth is a goal, a priority needs to be made to venture beyond what has been experienced, a stake that’s made to gather insight needed to feed a growth-oriented perspective of the world. It’s from the point of view of experience that we develop a strategy of decision making that serves our needs. It’s the body of experience that needs to be fed, often best fed by falling up through failure.

Yes… more can be learned from our mistakes than from our successes, an idea of what actions shouldn’t be repeated provides more insight into future options by keeping a wide range of alternatives open and potentially in play. Reflexively, it’s often that discovering what works and then pitching camp on a single successful method is a trap that, while it may bring economically significant results, could just as easily not. Economic win or not, forward momentum is too often forfeited, allowing the artist to stand still long enough to make use of what’s become known.

… Maybe the more pertinent question should be, what would be worth doing if you knew that you would fail?

Negotiating with an Object

While making an object, there’s a negotiation going on with the object as it’s being made. Tangents of possibilities, humors, and accidents steady nudge work away from the initial course, continually forcing reevaluation and readjustment of expectations.

It’s an attribute that arises from valuing the novel character of a nuanced revelation over the predictability of a predetermined ideal and from steadily working at the periphery of understanding. This is a methodology that quickly becomes uncomfortable with the emerging pattern of settled solutions. There’s a preference for the shift and adjustment of assumptions, testing, and readjusting, moving towards possibilities with the sureness of reasoned faith rather than the familiarity of experience.

Eureka moments are surprises, usually the result of an unforeseen course correction.

Taken to an extreme, when embraced, surprise becomes an ambition. An impulse in itself.

It’s an abpt metaphor for a life being lived. Seldom do any of us end up in life where we origally intended. We steer ourselves through situations towards an optimistic ideal…

There’s an aesthetic appreciation for a range of possibilities that lands us face up.