We mustn’t be afraid of failing nor of being rejected, and we must place more value on the act of creating so we can find joy in the journey and develop a lifetime of experience in making things.
Shawn has some great advice on creativity. I can feel every one of the stiflers of creativity that he mentions getting a foothold in my work. I'm going to try to be more intentional about keeping those things at bay.
Matt Gemmell adds...
Creative people, in my experience, are plagued with doubt. This is awful! they all think, definitely including myself. It’s a very personal thing, and it’s insidious because you’re the only one who gets to see the first drafts, and the refinements, and whole, messy stop and start and double-back of producing something worthwhile. It’s hard to keep in mind that the first version of everything is garbage, and the final version of everything is still garbage to the person who made it.
I absolutely struggle with this every single day.