Can anyone be an artist?
The fact is, we’re all artists. We only stop being an artist after being told we can’t do something. The art I speak of is not only artists that paint, sculpt and design. An artist is anyone vulnerable enough to put their work out there, on display for all to see and criticize. So, no matter if you’re a nurse, a lawyer, or an assembler, you can be an artist.
Motivation works. It does for me anyway. I’ve attended many conferences, workshops, and roadshows where various speakers deliver talks throughout the day. I’ve heard international speakers from Tom Peters to Richard Branson and loads of local talent such as Anthony Morris, Richard Mulholland, and Aki Kaliatakis, to name a few.
My all-time best speaker, motivator, educator, marketing guru and nice guy, is Seth Godin. I’ve been following him and everything he does for the last 30 years. He hasn’t put a foot wrong in anything I’ve consumed which he put out. From books to lectures to talks and interviews, I’ve only found him balanced yet always challenging conventional thinking.
When we buy a book or attend a talk, there’s a good chance they were recommended by someone whose view we trust. The internet has exploded with content, some of its great quality stuff. With so much to consume, recommendations help to lessen the endless searching and scrolling. When I find a good book, course, webinar or whatever, I like to share that with people I know would appreciate the recommendation.
In all the great talks I’ve ever attended or watched, I’m always chomping at the bit to get out into the world to do the exciting stuff the speaker is talking about. Whether it is for personal development, better management skills or being a better solopreneur, I absorb the genius flowing from the podium. Listening to and learning from highly talented professionals has always made perfect sense to me. Not every guru is going to be a match for my taste, but if the message is on point, I’m in.
Almost 4 years ago – 200 weeks – on 13 October 2017, the first #MyFridayStory – On Being an Artist (Part 1), was published. Many of the thoughts have since amplified and transformed. There are many books, lectures, and articles I’ve consumed since then. They all agree, the choice to be an artist is more relevant and important today than ever. If you are selling or producing average stuff to be “safe” and aim for the lazy middle, you’re in trouble. By aiming for the fringes, you may be more vulnerable, but you’re also more visible and relevant.
What’s your minimum viable audience? Aim for that.
In this excellent talk, Your Job is to Make Art by Seth Godin, he touches on many of the marketing and life skills I use to this day. The talk is informative, funny, and light-hearted. You will be entertained and educated throughout the 45 minutes, I almost guarantee it.
Thanks to everyone who has read #MyFridayStory over the past 200 weeks, even if it’s only one, I am humbled and grateful for your support. 🙏
Have an awesome weekend and please be generous! 😄