chapter  13
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Nothing blocks new ideas like fear, which takes on endless forms: e fear of being wrong, of being foolish, or of changing the way in which something has been done in the past. Fear can be brought about by a lack of preparation or reluctance to deal with the unknown. Creativity, which drives one to make changes, can be uncomfortable, as its source is oen dissatisfaction with a present situation. Its accompanying sense of apprehension deters creative development by misdirecting or restraining energy. Remember, it is okay to make mistakes. Do not insist that everything be absolutely perfect, as a mistake can open a window of new possibilities. In e Act of Creation (1964), Arthur Koestler wrote, “We nd over and over again mishaps which are blessings in disguise.”2