Failure. We fear it. We ask, What if I fail?, as if failure at one thing would mean the end of all other opportunities.
But failure is necessary for growth. If you are succeeding at everything, there is no way you’re learning and growing.
Laura Petrovich-Cheney is not afraid to fail. She’s also ambitious and knows what she wants.
In this episode of the Art Biz Podcast, you’ll hear Laura’s philosophy that failure is the result of not listening to your instincts and not doing your best. This builds on what Leah Smithson was talking about in episode 94 when she said how important it was to listen to her gut to avoid what she called disasters.
We tend to sweep failures under the rug—hoping that nobody will see or notice and that we’ll forget about them. But, as you’ll hear from Laura, we can’t improve without examining what went wrong.
Laura talks about a few failures she has learned from, why it’s helpful to have a little bit of time and space before examining failures, and the shame that gets in the way of sharing failure with others. We also discuss the inevitable comparisons with other artists that arise when you fail and see only their successes.