You are creative.

Creativity is something you practice, not just a talent you’re born with.

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Reclaim Your Creative Confidence

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Confidence doesn’t simply mean believing your ideas are good. It means having the humility to let go of ideas that aren’t working and to accept good ideas from other people. When you abandon the status quo and work collaboratively, you sacrifice control over your product, your team, and your business. But the creative gains can more than compensate. Again, you can start small. If you’re facing a tough challenge, try calling a meeting with people fresh to the topic. Or break the routine of a weekly meeting by letting the most junior person in the room set the agenda and lead it. Look for opportunities to cede control and leverage different perspectives.

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Even when we want to embrace our creative ideas, acting on them presents its own challenges. Creative efforts are hardest at the beginning.

To overcome this inertia, good ideas are not enough. You need to stop planning and just get started—and the best way to do that is to stop focusing on the huge overall task and find a small piece you can tackle right away.

Our mantra is “Don’t get ready, get started!” The first step will seem much less daunting if you make it a tiny one and you force yourself to do it right now . Rather than stalling and allowing your anxiety to build, just start inching toward the snake.

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“Innovate or die” is not an idle threat. It’s the harsh reality of the modern, fast-forward economy.

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