Sometimes a person needs another person to be whole. The sweet life.
One more round of billiards is a cool end to the weekend. Fine good friends.
Run one more mile before calling it a workout. Stick to it.
That won’t do.
Art requires much of me. On one side, I am filling my notebook with reminders to correct errors. In that book I record the blunders, the almost-but-not-good-enoughs, all the lessons I am learning are in there. “That’s one for the Notebook” is a common phrase around me.
I started over each time. Ate the mistakes, went around the breakdowns, and overcame the log-jams.
That is design. The stylish well-pressed clothes and perfect hair under the lights, well, that is glamour. I hope someone else is paying for that.
On the other side, I am stocking my toolbox with tools that will help me to continuously improve over time, every day.
Attitude is part of my tool box, it is a mental process of improvement. Improvement makes me more efficient and less likely to blunder (so much).
The Fundamentals have been banged in to me from first memories:
- Show up to work
- Do the Beginning
- Stick to it through the Middle
- Be there for the End
- Turn out the lights, day is done
Marketing is essential, but I must have something to trade on, something to grasp someone’s imagination and I must communicate clearly and simply.
Just right, those nails have held well.
Talk is cheap. I must rock my art.
That is why I work every day. Art makes sense that way to me or else it is a hobby. Nothing sideways about that, go for it if that is your gig.
Art is my Fire.
Art makes me whole.
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