Brian Eno on the Creative Act: Surrender

When we stop resisting something, we stop giving it power.

This quote at Brain Pickings on the gift of failure stopped me in my tracks yesterday.

While much has been made of a willingness to fail as essential to the development of any worthwhile idea, whether it be entrepreneurial or purely a matter of self expression, the idea of surrendering adds an entirely new emotional dimension to the creative act.

Failure is no longer an ending, but a beginning. New experiences, new ideas and new ways of thinking are open to us because we have stopped resisting old ones.

I couldn't help but be reminded by this video of Brian Eno, who talks about the value of art being its unique ability to accept our surrender, and to return to us a new start.

Have a great weekend.

Stay curious.