Permissions And Excuses (Kickstart Creativity Five-A-Day Prompt 5)


  1. You have permission to try. You never know what you can achieve until you try. There is, of course, risk in the trying. But there is certainty in the not trying. Certainty that you will achieve nothing at all.
  2. You have permission to wonder. You can lose yourself in the beauty of a leaf, in the laugh of a child, in a really good book. You can ask yourself a million questions about what if and what could be. You don’t have to turn any of this into anything. But somehow, that wonder will transfer into the things you create.
  3. You have permission to fail. Not every skill can be mastered by every person. Not every idea is going to work out. Failure is not the end of the journey. Unless you stop trying (see point 1).
  4. You have permission to succeed. Sometimes we think that we need to be suffering, or it needs t be difficult, or challenging, in order for it to be meaningful. Celebrate the success. But I probably wouldn’t let it go to my head.
  5. You have permission to change. Nobody knows what is going to happen in life. You don’t have to hold on to your dreams so tightly that they define your existence. You get to decide your dreams, not the other way around.


  1. Time is not an excuse. You can make time. Even ten minutes.
  2. Opinion is not an excuse. Creativity is not about making something to make other people happy. That’s just a bonus.
  3. Resource is not an excuse. If you want to be creative, you can find some smaller way to express it. Sometimes small things lead to big things.
  4. Difference is not an excuse. It doesn’t matter if it is different, if you are different. It doesn’t matter if it is the same (plagiarism excluded, obviously).
  5. Fear is not an excuse. Fear is just an opportunity to be brave.

(These permissions were written as my response to the prompt 5 Habits of Highly Creative People. But I’m tired. So it’s not very good.)


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