Since I am in an “artistic”, subjective line of work – this is my all time favorite!
When I am competing against someone who seems to talk just “the right talk”
and has all the answers, I think about this one.
I recommend it’s consideration to all those who may need to learn humility –
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubts.
Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented
as a consolation prize.”
As an artist, I will admit wholeheartedly that I NEVER really have “perfect confidence.”
I begin each project with a tiny bit of worry that it will come out right, of course as
business people we try not to let that thought out of the bag.
I sent to a client that I wanted to work with as an indication of the reality of work as an artist. “I suggest that each of us surely offers a degree of talent, and perhaps together we may achieve a bit of genius.”
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Now as artistic business people we do look at everything differently. We see the target sometimes and need to explain it gently to the client.
Some wonderful words from Thoreau:
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau
I love the part about “new more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves . . . ”
That is the part that I look forward to! The law that governs us in reality is God of course, most of us who are successful as we follow His lead realize this. Years back when I was a very young pup in the design world, I thought that I was the genius, the creative master of all. When it dawned on me that all creativity ultimately comes from the Creator, things started to order themselves much better in my life! Not preaching here, just saying.
For the unsure, procrastinator in all of us!
“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it,
you’ll never get anything done.”
Norman Vincent Peale
That’s all for today – Have a Wonderful Next Week!