My recent Twitter post is a quote from Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comics. One of my previous incarnations was in adventure programming. The basic pedagogical premise behind adventure work is that risk taking and new and novel experiences facilitate personal growth. There's a great connection for me in ART and CREATIVITY, with RISK TAKING and ADVENTURE PROGRAMMING.
While I don't actively 'use' my degree in Outdoor Education, as I recently stated to a fellow alumnus, I 'use' my degree everyday. Whenever I force myself to ask for feedback on a piece of art that is iffy, I'm risking ridicule, failure, disappointment. I'm also risking joy, success, accomplishment. My response is what determines the outcome. Growth is painful, artistically. To venture into uncharted territory is risky. But, as with all challenges, there lies, behind the door marked fear, tremendous reward and satisfaction.