"Don't Try" – Charles Bukowski
Art and creativity is like dating. If you try too hard, it shows.
But you still have to put yourself out there. It's a numbers game. It's about showing your face until you feel comfortable doing it without regard for the outcome.
On the other hand, it doesn't necessarily mean presenting your warts up front. It's about finding the balance between hiding them and putting them in people's face.
But most importantly, don't try to skip the part where you make all the mistakes. It doesn't work that way. So go out there and hide your warts and show them up front and make a mess and learn a thing or two and come back next day.
We desperately need brave people who care and who bring meaning into the world so don't be afraid of us.