You've probably seen Sir James Dyson on TV. He stands next to his best-selling vacuum cleaner and proclaims, "I just think things should work properly." He's also one of the richest guys in Britian.
What you probably don't know about Sir Dyson is that he made 5,127 prototypes of his vacuum cleaner before he "got it right."
It seems to me that there were already plenty of good vacuum cleaners on the market, but Sir Dyson wanted to create one that was "great."
I imagine that you feel that way too. You want to create "great" artwork....not just good artwork.....and not just what everyone else is creating...right?
Chuck Salter interviews Sir Dyson in the May 2007 issue of Fast Company
. Here are some of the ideas Dyson presents that immediately struck me as applicable to fine artists. He could easily be talking about painting with the following statements:
"if you want to discover something that other people haven't, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path.:
"[Society] admires instant brilliance, effortless brilliance. I think quite the reverse. You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end."
Dyson's methodology has been to view success as a product of failure. So while he failed 5,127 times, in Dyson's mind, that was just a necessary part of the journey.
I encourage you to start on your next "failure" today....it's the next step in your ultimate success.
Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic
PS: I've made about 170 entries in this blog so far. If Dyson's experience is any guide, I still have to write 4,957 more before I create a really "great" essay...