I think sometimes it’s ok to let things fall apart. Let things go south. Let the whole project “breakdown” and collapse if necessary. It’s not always about “fix it in the mix.” In fact the true creative process is not about “fixing” anything! It’s about constantly reinventing, rewriting, redesigning and recreating until you reach that pinnacle moment when you KNOW your work is complete.

Breakdowns are too often misinterpreted as failure, “What’s wrong with me?” “What’s wrong with them?” “What’s wrong with it?” But they’re not. They’re just part of the process. Truth is, breakthroughs are usually preceded by breakdowns, and if we squirm to avoid the breakdowns, we actually deprive ourselves of the real grit from which breakthroughs arise.


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