My mind is still reeling after the Hello Etsy conference last weekend, and I’ll be writing quite a bit about it in coming days. Etsy has put several of the talks from a variety of conference venues up on Livestream, and there’s a wealth of solid, inspiring, thought-provoking information in them. As I write this, I’m listening to Jenny Hart’s talk at the Smithsonian.

Anyway. I just stumbled onto this poster on Pinterest, and I must vehemently disagree.

Don’t hide from your fear. Don’t deny it. Don’t feel ashamed of it. Everyone who creates things – and especially those of us who want to make a living being creative – feels afraid. The kicker is not to be paralyzed by that fear. The kicker is not to give up before you get started. The kicker is to accept that failure is a part of creativity.


Be afraid. Be very afraid.

But do it anyway.

Someone in my session at the conference said, “You can be afraid and not do it, or you can be afraid and do it.” I wanted to lift her up on my shoulders and parade her around the place.

And when you fail – for fail you must at some point or another, or maybe even every day – take stock, rev your fear back up, and get back to creating.

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