There’s an amazing TED Talk we stumbled across a few years ago by social worker Brene Brown titled “The Power of Vulnerability.” It went viral and now has over 24 million views. If you haven’t heard of it, watch it now! It is life changing.
A lot of what Brown discusses is how our instinctual fear of vulnerability interferes with how well we relate to others and ourselves. It is also important to note how this fear can lead to creativity blocks. The more you fight vulnerability, the more you fight new, innovative ideas from coming through.
We don’t always realize how much our egos impede our creativity. Fear of being wrong and/or being judged may not be at the forefront of our minds, but a lot of the time, these worries exist. Even if it’s just a little voice, that voice can distract and dismantle. It keeps us from trying novelty. It keeps us from feeling vulnerable. We keep playing it safe. And, by playing it safe we play it the same.
On the other hand, if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable in our work through the pursuit of an idea or project that may or may not work out, we grow creatively and professionally. We must simply let ourselves lean into the discomfort of experimentation and the uncertainty that comes with it.
It has been said that no idea is a bad idea, and this often echoes throughout the office here at ICON. We are constantly meeting to find the best, innovative implementations of technology, development and design for our clients. This could be through a race to The Oscars video game. This could be a total site revamp. Whatever our project may be, what brings it from concept to reality is that someone came forward and shared a thought. Even if their idea wasn’t used, the person who vocalized it created a ripple effect of more ideas until one finally stuck.
On this Monday, all of us here at ICON are encouraging you to share your thoughts with your team. Bounce back ideas with one another. Speak up at your meeting. Pursue creativity with reckless abandon. You never know what might work out. And what doesn’t? Those are just guidelines for next time, a prerequisite for future pursuits.