In his book The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin tells the fabled tale from Greek mythology. As we all remember from our childhood, the imprisoned Daedulus made wings by adhering feathers to a wooden frame with wax and string. Before their escape, he cautioned his son Icarus that flying too close to the sun would cause the wax to melt. Icarus didn’t listen and died, a victim of his confidence. Or course, Icarus was warned not to fly close to the sea, either, lest the water ruin the lift in his wings. The lesson that we’ve heard all our lives: better safe that sorry.
But Seth says the opposite is true: “It’s better to be sorry than safe.” Certainly over-confidence can go badly. But if we never leave our comfort zone, we may never stand up, stand out and make a difference.
The problem is, when you leave your comfort zone you risk the chance of criticism and possible failure. Is the creative process painful? You bet.
“Change is powerful, but change always comes with the possibility of failure as its partner. This might not work isn’t merely something to be tolerated; it’s something you must seek out.”
If you’re looking for motivation to embrace this climate of constant change we live in, you The Icarus Deception is a great read.