To live a life of Designer, one must lose fear of being wrong

In the current world, the demand for perfection is extremely high. Each one of us is in a constant pursuit to be “perfect” and the fear of not reaching this so called perfection can be quite disheartening. We forget that nothing in this world is perfect. Yes, it is human nature to strive for perfection, but attaining perfection is a matter of perception, especially in the creative field.

Every child is born an artist, but very few remain an artist as they grow up. The fear of being wrong is installed into us and the questioning nature inside us diminishes. As a child, you must have coloured an elephant pink or blue or the entire rainbow, but as you grow older, the world tells you that an elephant is grey and that it can only be grey. Children are never afraid of being wrong or taking chances, but as we grow older we are taught that being wrong is the worst thing that could ever happen. This stops us from taking chances. If we do not overcome this fear, we can never come up with anything original.

A designer must find their inner child to create new ideas without being suppressed by what the society thinks or considers wrong. There is never a right or a wrong in creativity. A designer must realize that what one person deems as ‘wrong’ might be ‘right’ for the person sitting next to him. One cannot appeal to every single person living on this planet. Designers must also be confidant with their designs. Even if one anticipates various challenges, they must proceed with their designs if they believe in its purpose.

Walt Disney, the man who affected generations and touched the lives of millions with his cartoon characters, was once considered a failure. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Disney’s first business, an animation studio called Laugh-O-Gram, landed in bankruptcy when he was unable to manage money and his employees. Disney’s cartoons had gained popularity in the Kansas City area by then. He moved to Hollywood, California, home to the growing film industry in America, in the hope of better success. He failed a couple more times before he finally came up with “Mickey mouse” and the rest was history.  The early failures in Disney’s life didn’t discourage him from moving forward. Today, ‘Disney’ is worth billions, from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but it would not be what it is today if Walt Disney hadn’t believed in his own talents.

A designer’s life revolves around creativity which can only be expressed if one opens their heart and takes a step out of the jar we live in. I would like to conclude by quoting Walt Disney, “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do, what you do.”

– Rebecca Sebastian

Student – The Design Venue

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