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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm

Maybe it’s time to let go of those go to moves that everyone has. To let go of whatever we default to. Certainty is great to a degree, but to reach the next level we must let go of the certainty of our current level.

I’m reading Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. In the first chapter of the book, Kleon briefly shares the story of two prolific musicians who would, on purpose, go out of their element to create music. One said that even if you gave him a tuba he would get some art out of it, he was initially a guita player. The other one, is known to pick up an instrument he’s not well acquainted with when he feels his “songwritting is getting too comfortable or stale.”

Creativity requires to let go of certainties, because you have to embrace the unknown to create your own style. You can use the uncertainty of now knowing how to do something to fuel you and propel your creative productivity.

Austin Kleon also made this newspaper poem:

“Get out of your league” Austin Kleon

When you’re feeling stale, get out of your league and try something new. You don’t have to be good at it to give it a try.