not trying hard enough

The last few days, I had this wild idea for an art piece that involved stenciling silhouettes, painted canvas, and melting crayons with a hairdryer.

However, when I went to melt the crayons, the gust of heat from the hairdryer not only didn’t melt the wax, it detached the stencils from the canvas. Safe to say, this particular project was a failure.

I woke up today with the following from Seth Godin in my inbox:

Clues that you might not be trying hard enough

  • You usually succeed
  • You rarely feel like an imposter
  • You already know what you need to know
  • You’re confident it’s going to work

Failing (and all the emotions and lessons that accompany it) is a signpost that tells us we’re headed the right direction.