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Don’t Be a Victim To Fear of Failure

I’m scared.

Very scared. Scared of failing at my creativity.

Not so much scared of losing my creativity as I believe creativity is ingrained in human DNA.

I’m scared of failing to pursue my creative ideas. Failure is a really, really frightening thing.

Rejection of my ideas and my art is nothing new to artists. Us creative types pick up our pencils and brushes with a side order of fear.

How does one not become a victim to fear of failure?

The answer is quite simple, but quite hard to do.

Instead of fearing failing, embrace the fact you, I, will fail. Accept it.

Go ahead, it’s ok.

Once you accept failure as a part of success, your mental shift has begun.

We as creatives, entrepreneurs, even parents, must accept failure as part of life.

After all, if you’re not’ll never succeed.

Countless times my art has fallen flat. I have more what-the-h-pages in my sketchbooks then “oh how nice” ones.

I still post those images at times. Why? Sadistic tendencies? No. Growth.

If something works, I learn. If something fails, I learn. That’s the point: to grow as an artist and a person you must learn.

Failure =learning.


Don’t fear failure when you’re creating. You will grow from it. I promise you. You must embrace the mindset of victory.

Overcome your fear of failure by embracing the reality of it. Accept it. Have a beer. Move on and create something new.

Do you fear failure? If so, what do you fear failing at?

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New Artwork To Start The Week!

As time goes by we sometimes get distracted from what truly matters to us.

It’s been nearly two months since I last posted on the blog and yes, I’m horribly, terribly disappointed in myself.

But that’s life.

Needless to say, I haven’t stopped creating. So to get myself back on the blog and get back into writing, why not a post of some new art.


My focus is starting to narrow with combining the mandala art and nature-inspired art.

Who doesn’t love a mandala-infused tiger? The point to creativity is to express yourself.

I will admit I’m hopelessly caught between creating what I want to create vs. what I think will do well on social media. Which of course you can find me on Instagram and Twitter @vvicariart.

But art and creativity isn’t about everyone else. Art and creativity is about personal leadership. It’s an exploration into our own minds.

A deep dive into our souls.

Ok, maybe a little too deep for a Monday evening post but I’m inspired by the New York streets outside my window.

What’s more of a contradiction than creating wildlife and mandala art in the middle of Manhattan?

As always, stay creative and don’t hold yourself back. Create, design, write, what brings you joy. That’s point.

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Hone Your Creativity With Persistence

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent many hours simply drawing. For the first time in a long time, I’ve shown persistence with drawing sunflowers and mandalas.

I’m going with a theme and the goal is to turn these images into a future coloring book. I really enjoy drawing floral and obviously I’m all about the mandalas. But it’s hard, damn hard, to sit and draw a variation of the same thing.

Persistence and creativity, I believe, are linked. In many ways, you can’t have one without the other. Creativity creates the art.

Persistence hones the craft.  Continue reading Hone Your Creativity With Persistence

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Why You Can’t Hesitate To Be Creative

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Creativity isn’t a destination. I’ve finally accepted this as the truth about my creative process.

What about you?

Creativity is a journey. It’s a long, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, occasionally boring, usually tedious voyage through life.

But it’s a daily grind. A mission that’s personal and imperative. It’s wonderful.  Continue reading Why You Can’t Hesitate To Be Creative

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5 Things: Read For Continuous Learning

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How often do you hear successful entrepreneurs and others talk about continuous learning?

I’m a huge fan of lifelong learning and one of the best ways to learn is to read.

I mean read anything you can get your hands on. Professional journals, blogs, you name it. Read.

So here’s a brief list of five articles you can read right now that will help you learn something today!  Continue reading 5 Things: Read For Continuous Learning