Really living from a Creator Orientation takes confidence.  Confidence in the ability to create. Confidence in envisioned outcomes. Confidence in moving forward in the face of anxiety and not knowing.

I’m reminded of an interview I read years ago of Orville Wright (having grown up in Dayton, Ohio, I have always had an interest in the Wright brothers and their passionate held vision of heavier-than-air flight).  The interviewer asked him what he and his brothers were really wanting in their pursuit of their vision: “was it fame or fortune?”

Orville’s response was this: “Sir, if what my brother and I wanted were either fame or fortune, we would have pursued something with a higher probability of success.”  The Wright brothers were known for being humble – even shy and timid – and never cocky, even after their success.

This contemplation of confidence was sparked by this month’s “Leadership Matters” e-zine, published by my wife and TED*-partner, Donna Zajonc, entitled “5 Steps to Greater Confidence.”  In the article, she points out that “…confidence is a delicate balance. If we are overly confident, we may be labeled brash or cocky. If we are under confident, we are called underachievers or wimps.”

Orville Wright – and his brother Wilbur – serve as fine examples of two Creators who were confident in the pursuit of their passion.