Go out and make a mess

We live in a world where we see final products, especially in the era of social media. We see winning routines, performances given at the end of the process. We hardly see the failed attempts, frustration, anxiety and tears that went into it.

The actor you see on a Broadway stage practices walking through that door on the set 50 times every day before you take your seat to watch the show. Every detail is crucial.

Artists we see as leaders of the field or celebrities have failed big along the way. Geniuses like Twyla Tharp create a Tony winning hit (“Movin’ Out”) followed by a flop (“Times They Are A Changin'”), then guess what? They dust themselves off and move on to the next thing.

Failure is a mandatory part of the journey to what we consider to be success. So fail big and fail often. Go out there and make a mess.

By Denise Caston-Clark

Hi! I'm Denise Caston-Clark, a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. I am a former Radio City Rockette and currently direct Tap Dance Detroit and the annual Motor City Tap Fest.

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