A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing
George Bernard Shaw
Do you think it’s a coincidence that Shaw wasn’t frightened about making mistakes and also managed, in his lifetime, to write more than 60 plays, 5 novels, reams of music and literary criticism, a vast journalistic output as well as essays and short stories? Oh, and while he was at it he also cofounded the London School of Economics, was very active in the Fabian Society, served on the London County Council, and was active in all kinds of political and social causes?
Shaw didn’t let a few mistakes get in his way of moving forward.
And neither should you.
When you fall, you get up and you keep walking.
When one piece of art fails. You make another one.
When one project loses money, you take the lessons you’ve learned and you launch another one.
That’s the honourable way to keep moving forward.
As an aside, I always find it fascinating to see where great artists create their work. We often imagine we could be so much more productive with an amazing, airy, kitted out studio. Hmmm.
This is where Shaw wrote most of his works after 1906 including Pygmalion. Do you still think you need a fancy studio? Just get on with it….