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You want something. Go and get it. Period. => An Interview with Will Smith

An Excellent Interview with Will Smith

Some Quotes from the Video

Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god like feature that is only in the special among us. It is something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple.

The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts of people who are trying to excel. Talent you have naturally, skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

There is no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you aren’t’ skilled. If you don’t study if you dont’ work really hard and dedicate yourself to working hard every single day you’ll never be able to communicate with people with your artistry the way you want.

Don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say “I’m going to build the biggest baddest greatest wall that’s ever been built. You don’t start there. You say “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.” You do that for every single day and soon you have a wall.

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from´╗┐ plan A.

There is a redemptive power that making a choice has rather than being an effect to all the things happening. Make a choice – just decide – what it’s going to be, who you are going to be, how you are going to do it.

If you want something, go get it. Period.

Thinking Big

In short I believe he said think big and do the work one step at a time.

Wrap Up

What brick do you need to lay today?

 
—lisa

Thinking Big about Art

 
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Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Growth

With a nod Christine Mauersberger for the pointer, I love the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau.

Some of my favorite statements

3. Process is more important than outcome.

9. Begin anywhere. [great advice if you are stuck]

30. Organization = Liberty.

41. Laugh.

And I would add one more:

Think Big!

Read the entire manifesto here: Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.

Wrap Up

Which statements speak to you?
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Make a Big Bold Statement about your Art

Big Intentions

I wrote the following on my blog and facebook fanpage today:

Having created a significant body of work over the last decade (nearly 200* completed quilts), I plan to continue pushing myself to excellence by building on past successes and learning from the mistakes. Working as a professional artist, with any eye to creating a lasting legacy for my artwork, is my intention.

A lasting legacy for my artwork. That is big. Hello museums and important collections!

Feels great to think big and set big intentions. Just making the statement generates a zillion ideas for how to move to forward to meet the goals.

Wrap Up

What big bold statement can you make about your art? Your art career? Leave a comment below or post it on your blog, facebook/twitter and leave a link here.

Be Big!

 
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The Power of Responsibility

Responsibility

What is responsibility? In the words of Deepak Chopra it is the ability to have a response:

If you look at the word ‘re-spon-si-bil-i-ty’, it means the ability to have a response. Responsibility means to have a creative response to a challenge… So what responsibility means is expanding your awareness.

I really love this take on the definition of responsibility.

I recently decided I needed to revisit my health and make some improvements. In addition to daily yoga and eating healthy (no more refined sugar for me), I’ve started running again. In addition to the physical benefits, I love the mental clarity it brings me. I do a lot of thinking while out there pounding the asphalt and it keeps the self-defeating thoughts in check.

I’ve been repeating the affirmation “I am responsible” these days while running and it feels powerful. When a problem or thought pops into my head I repeat the mantra to myself and generally a solution presents itself. Taking ownership of my life makes me feel powerful.

With this power I am not waiting around and asking for permission to move forward with my plans. Whether or not I take action is my choice. Whether or not I choose to view a situation positively or negatively is also my choice. I find I am spending much less time looking for excuses and much more time looking for solutions.

Responsibility for Artists

I also use this notion of responsibility in relationship to my art career, which again, brings me great power as an artist. At first it’s a bit scary to accept the responsibility we have, but once we do, we can fly. We think big. Nothing can stop us.

1. You are responsible for how you spend your time

Yep – it’s you. It’s not the internet or your tv or your family that stops you from spending time in your studio. It is your responsibility to prioritize this time into your life. If you say it is a top priority to spend 20 hours a week creating art there is only 1 person that is responsible for making that happen.

Yeah sure, sometimes unexpected things happen and our best intentions don’t come about. But if week after week after week you are saying “I wanted to work more in my studio but I just couldn’t find the time” who but you is responsible for changing this outcome?

Sometimes we need help or tools to overcome the obstacles stopping us from spending time the way we choose, but again, we are the ones that have to seek that help and stick with the remedy.

2. You are responsible for your skills

Be it in the studio or in the office, you are ultimately responsible for what you know and what you can do. If a lack of skillset is holding you back take lessons, hire a coach, surf the internet, etc. It is your responsibility to fill that gap.

I spent years lamenting the lack of quality of my artwork photography. This year I got tired of using this excuse (just how lame does it sound year after year to say “I don’t know photograph my artwork”). So I hired a professional to help me out.

I’m well on my way to significantly better art images. What power and freedom this gives me because I finally took responsibility for my own learning.

What lack of skillset is is holding you back?

3. You are responsible for your marketing

Like it or not, marketing is a vitally important part of an art career. Be it marketing yourself to galleries/consultants (so they can market your art for you) or marketing your art directly to your collectors, it’s is your responsibility to do this.

Don’t know how? Check out #2 above (and stay tuned as I’ll be writing about it here on makebigart).

4. You are responsible for your success

First step is to define success for yourself. Only you can do this as we all have different ideas of what that means.

Second step is to take action to move yourself towards that success.

Run into an obstacle along the way? Take responsibility for that also and keep going.

Remember, taking responsibility means choosing how to respond. If you say the economy is stopping you from reaching success, what can you do in response? There is much power in taking action and not making excuses.

5. You are responsible for your art career

The entire thing is in your hands. Where are you going to take it?

Not Blame

Responsibility is not about blame or guilt. It’s not yet another opportunity for you to beat yourself up. No guilt here.

Instead it’s a chance to step up and think big about where you are and how you want to respond to your current circumstances. There is no value in berating yourself for being where you are, only value in moving towards where you want to be.

Next Up

I didn’t want to give the impression this blog was only about facebook or how-to’s so I decided to jump right into some mindset stuff this week. I believe thinking big requires responsibility.

How about you? I welcome your thoughts about this post in the comments below.

 
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—lisa
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