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Blog: Let Creativity Flow & Be Open to Learning

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2011

Being successful in a project can be subjective, depending on a variety of personal and external factors, however, a couple of things I've experienced and seen over-and-over as success factors in my projects, particularly those with others, is that of creativity and being open to continuous learning.

There's always something new to learn, even if it's learning to do something different based on context.

For instance, it's easy to fall into a pattern of wanting to get into the weeds of any given project to help control the (successful) outcome of it. As an entrepreneur, it's more than easy, it's almost (re)wired into our DNA as a part of daily survivalship; however, one of the best things one can do is to take a step back and let creativity flow. Letting creativity flow — through intentional collaboration with others — will not always yield perfect harmony, but during retrospectives — solo or with others — it seems to be one of the common "ingredients" that people remember as being a positive part of an experience. Freedom in creativity can often help give others a sense of genuine ownership in a project, and that's a great thing to want to feel and actually have when working on something as it can help deliver a project even better than originally envisioned.

One of the best things one can do is to take a step back and let creativity do it's thing: let it flow.

Keep in mind that you're going to "fail" with some of your projects. Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. Sometimes in small ways, sometimes in bigger ways. A critical question you should consider asking yourself during, and, especially, at the end of any project is:

  • What did I learn?
  • How can I apply this experience and newly acquired knowledge toward doing better the next time?

Maybe you're still in school, maybe you're no longer in school, perhaps you took an alternative route all-together with schooling, regardless of your path though, there's always something new to learn, even if it's learning to do something different based on context.

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." — Albert Einstein

In other words, be open to growing your mind... always.

Manny


I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more