A writer spends a year or more writing a book. Will anyone read it? An artist pours his emotions onto a canvas. How will viewers react? A performer spends months preparing for opening night. What will the critics say? An entrepreneur commits her life savings to a new business venture. Will it fly?
It takes courage to create.
When we create, we are, by definition, doing something new—venturing into uncharted territory. As photographer Duane Michals says, “If you already know what you’re doing, you’re not really being creative.”
When we create, we don’t know for sure what the outcome will be. There is often risk involved. Yes, even a chance of failure. We might not get it right the first time, the second time or even the third time. But we keep on trying, because we believe in what we are doing. We go on because we must. And that takes courage.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher, writer and artist
Whatever it is you are trying to create—a work of art, a new business, a innovative educational program, a solution to a community challenge—may you find the courage to take that next step.