Happy Accidents

Quote from Scott Adams

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
– Scott Adams

Not all accidents are bad. My art lecturer at university used to tell the students to look out for ‘happy accidents’ in your art making process. These happy accidents are something you did not plan to do, but the ‘mistake’ actually makes the artwork better.  Many times we think we make mistakes which are not really mistakes at all but fortuitous events brought about by a strange series of circumstances, producing an unexpected result.

The key to recognizing these happy accidents when they occur, is to be receptive and open-minded. Always keep in mind that just because something turns out different to what you expected, it does not mean it is ruined or spoiled. Many new recipes have been created because someone fouled up the mixture of ingredients only to create a delightful tasting new product.

Next time when what you deem to be an accident happens, carefully examine the results. You cannot undo the mistake so you might as well analyze it. You never know what you might come up with. Even if you cannot make use of it at the least you would have learnt from the mistake.



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