Fear And The Art of Creation

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Earlier this year, Chris Guillebeau and I had the pleasure of sharing some thoughts about being fearless at the TEDx conference at Carnegie Mellon. Well, we’ve both been thinking a lot about fear and the creative process since then and wanted to take the conversation deeper in a joint discussion. So, we’ve put together a panel idea called Fear and the Art of Creation” and presented it to the crew at South By Southwest for consideration in next year’s interactive conference.

And, here’s where we’d love your help…

Panel’s are chosen, at least in part, by…YOU! Pretty cool, right. Anyone can vote on whether a topic sounds cool enough to be added to the roster. And, we hope you agree this is a conversation that needs to be taken to a much deeper level. So…

If you think our panel deserves to see the light of day, we’d love your help.

Here’s the description…

Fear and The Art of CreationEver wonder what keeps so many people from launching a new endeavor or scaling a creative venture into something exponentially more impactful? More often than not, the answer isn’t a lack of ideas, money, a team or a plan…it’s far more primal. The answer is fear. Instead of brainstorming new ideas, in this session you will discover how to move from ideation to action, overcome the three greatest fears that hold creatives, artists and entrepreneurs back, and find a more stable path to success.

If this sounds cool to you, we’d love it if you’d head on over to the panel picker website and give it a “thumbs up” and maybe even share a comment (they’ll ask you to choose a user ID and password, but there’s no other commitment, it’s just to keep it fair and stop double-voting).

Thanks so much for helping to bring this conversation to even more people!

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11 responses to “Fear And The Art of Creation”

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  2. I’d vote for it! Wait, I just did…

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Mmm, dunno, that Chris guy’s okay, but Fields? I need to think about this one. ;-p

  3. Barb McMahon says:

    This is such a great idea! I’ve voted for it. Hope it flies!

  4. Given that I run a blog called Fearless Creativity, I definitely concur that this is a vital topic that merits further exploration… so yeah. I’ll vote for your panel!

  5. Christy says:

    I think this is a valuable topic- am happy to vote for it!

  6. angus walker says:

    Totally agree. As my own blog says http://angstwalker.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/fear-not/

    Fear is the enemy of creativity. I have a friend I am helping to get his new business off the ground. He’s totally suited to it and totally unsuited to his ordinary job.

    And what was the impetus to get him gong? Getting paid off. It;s the best thing that ever happened to him because he got pushed out of the nest.

    Ask yourself – If I could remove all fear and worry from the equation, what would I choose to do right now?

    If it’s different from what you’re doing right now, why not change?

    Why not?


  7. Daniel says:

    Thumbs up!

    Good luck!

  8. Julia Jekubovich says:

    I love this blog and am dying to read thoughts on this subject!