A few weeks ago I was chatting with an acquaintance. I asked him how he recharges. His answer was that he loves to work. But he has nothing else. That was me: I love to work, but once I found something else, it made a difference. What about you? How do you recharge? [...]
Giving fuels growth. Itís something I never understood, but when you give, much is given back to you, which of course allows you to give more. Giving can be about time, about encouragement, about advice, about listening, or, yes, about money. [...]
I believe that you have a quarter-inch getting in the way of your big dreams. I believe you can figure it out. Rather than ruminating about a big problem, stop it. Just focus on one small problem, the one that will get you unstuck. [...]
When we next talk, Christmas will have passed. Please accept my deepest and most sincere wishes for a wonderful Christmas. I intend to take some time off, so if I donít show up next week, youíll know why. Frankly, I wonít know what I plan to do till the day comes. [...]
Though these fires are horrific, the ashes provide moments of clarity, moments of gratefulness and a much needed fresh start for some. Though reaching out to these people I did not know what to say or how they would respond, but Iím encouraged by their strength, their resolve, and their gratefulness. Iím not sure Iíd be as strong. [...]
How can you get out of your comfort zone? It may be as simple as a visit to a gallery or an art exhibition or a museum youíve not visited before, or learning a language, or finding a book outside what youíd normally read. While most seek comfort and security, itís the discomfort that fosters growth and an invigorating life. [...]
A goal without a plan to execute is a goal that is unlikely to be realized. Understanding where you are and where you want to be helps you find the gap between those two points. What are the obstacles within that gap? We all need specific clarity about the problem to be solved, the specifics of the opportunity or obstacle, and the steps required to execute our strategy.
The part of the cycle I want to discuss today is death - when your business is no longer sustainable and there is no one to support it... My goal is to help you, or those you know, to prevent death - to keep art selling. [...]
I always say that you have to give yourself oxygen before helping others, because without it, you canít help others as well. What do you need for yourself that you keep thinking about doing, but you find all the reasons you canít? What old stories are holding you back? [...]
Soon your summer will come to an end. Schools are starting, vacations are ending, and time alone with nature often becomes less easy to find. If there is time, give yourself this gift of one spot, breathing the air, smelling the scent of pines, and staring into the rich colors of nature. It will feed your soul. [...]
Marketing is like a jet that never lands and has to be continually refueled in the air. If you land it, you lose momentum and itís much harder to take off again ó and youíll see a reduction in business before long. [...]
I could tell more stories, but the point is that interests and passion drove my actions. Though I had some self-doubt and fear about whether I could get these things done, my passion overcame my fear. [...]
Never underestimate the power of a well thought-out marketing strategy. It can make an unknown artist known, or take an artist whose work isnít selling and make it sell. It can get an artist invited to events and get people buzzing. [...]
One of the things I love about summer is the release of the brain muscle. Itís tight all year, jammed with projects, workload, and stress, and summer provides a chance to stop squeezing that muscle at that level and allow new ideas to float in at a leisurely pace...
Since summer is right around the corner: What will you do? If you learned that this is your last summer, what would you get done that youíve kept putting off? [...]
Engage your mind and find ways to overcome what others have not figured out. Start by believing that you have what it takes, your own unique ideas and perspective, which no one else on earth has. Use it to your advantage. [...]