Bingo! He nails it on the head. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… “But Jerry, schools don’t kill creativity. You’re a big proponent of schools and education.”
Yes. I am. 100% correct. But the root of what he’s saying is still true, and something that schools DO need to consider, especially in regards to national testing processes. What about you?
Are you WILLING to be wrong?
Whether from schools, or overbearing parents, or bullies, or a misguided teacher, pastor or counselor… is this an area that you fear, too? I know so many people who don’t dare step out to try a dream. They are petrified to hear the words “You’re wrong.” In fact, for some people, it is so ingrained in them that those words would literally shatter pieces of their ego.
They MIGHT fail.
They MIGHT be wrong.
They MIGHT look foolish.
But if you don’t take that risk, how will you hear the opposite? How can you hear that you stepped out into the unknown and got it right?
But let’s take the pessimists view. What if they really are wrong? What if they really do fail?
You know, I had to DARE to be wrong and go to writer’s groups with my first pencil-etched writings. Steve, Carol, Carolyn… you guys probably remember my FIRST work… of the runt of an angel, and his attempt to stop Lucifer’s war with God. I recently unearthed a copy of that first work, and it hurt. OH MY GOSH, reading that again was so painful… but I took the chance to be wrong. I humbled myself under some great people and teachers and then listened to some wise, incredible advice from everyone at Crossroads Writer’s group.
You all are amazing to me. Thank you.
I then took advice, week after week, made adjustments, and tried again. And again. And again. Until one day in 2010, I realized that the new story I was working on wasn’t too bad. In fact, it was fun to write, and fun to re-read. I really liked it. And I had others who were really smart with this stuff say the same thing.
So I published it; Death Has a Name.
And I’m amazed at all I’ve learned even since then. I’m STILL learning. I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
And that’s the point.
Do you have a dream? A creative spark that you don’t know what to do with?
Put yourself out there to receive expert advice, and be willing to be wrong. Stop arguing to make your point heard (as broken as it may be) and be humble enough to take the advice of those smarter than you. Get their wisdom and apply it to whatever you are trying to accomplish.
This process may take years (as it did for me), but the end result will be worth it.