My first creative risk resulted in failure. It was my final year of high school and I was a straight A student. We had a short story assignment and I attempted science fiction. My English teacher asked if I was ESL and gave me my first D.
It’s only in recent years that I connected that teenage experience with the idea that “I’m not creative.” That belief persisted for over a decade and it’s one that I continue to address every single day.
I’ve come to understand that creativity is a critical part of life. Here’s why: