From Paulo Coelho, Stefan Sagmeister, and other artists, advice and wisdom for designers—or really just about anyone
While failure may be an integral prerequisite for true innovation, the fact remains that most of us harbor a deathly fear of it—the same psychological mechanisms that drive our severe aversion to being wrong, only amplified. That fear is the theme of this year's student work exhibition at Stockholm's Berghs School of Communication, and, to launch it, the school asked some of today's most beloved creators—artists, designers, writers—to share their experiences and thoughts on the subject. While intended as advice for design students, these simple yet important insights are relevant to just about anyone with a beating heart and a head full of ideas—a much-needed reminder of what we all rationally know but have such a hard time internalizing emotionally.
"When you put love and enthusiasm into your work, even if people don't see it, they realize that it is there, that you did this with all your body and soul." Paulo Coelho
"It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff—as much stuff as possible—with as little fear as possible. It's much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it." Stefan Sagmeister