Artists Recipe for Success
I am a co-host on a site called Drawn by Success along with the great Carlos Castellanos. Not too long ago we got into a discussion about what it takes to actually make it in this crazy competitive world of art. Why are some so successful while others are still struggling. What do successful artists do that the rest of don’t? At Drawn By Success we have an opportunity to interview some pretty amazing people. The folks that make it onto the site and into the interviews are people who have done something really remarkable. They’ve achieved a remarkably high level of success. So what makes them so different from the rest of us? What is the formula for success for an artist or for that matter most any creative field?
The successful people we’ve interviewed have three things in common even though they come from very different backgrounds. Sure, there are a lot of other factors that contribute to their success but the three they have in common are passion, taking action and following through.
Being passionate. All the people we interview are super passionate about what they do and it’s the first answer they give when we ask WHY they do what they do. They all share it and honestly it’s what attracted us to them in the first place.
Being passionate gives them the drive to move forward and believe in what they are doing. Passion helps them overcome their fears and doubts. It helps them gut out the long hours and never give up. Are you passionate about what you do? Without passion are you just going through the motions? Find something you are passionate about and I guarantee you’ll never be bored, burn out or loose interest in your work again.
Passion is great. It’s what puts fire in our belly but unfortunately it’s not enough. Taking action is the difference between having a great idea and actually making something happen. Think of passion as the fuel and taking action as the engine. You can’t move forward without taking action. By taking action no matter how small it creates forward motion. Move forward, even an inch, and you’ve generated momentum. With forward momentum comes larger and larger gains. The importance of taking action can’t be understated. Without talking action an idea is just an idea.
There’s nothing glamorous about follow through. It’s the long hours, hard work and the determination to make something happen. How many ideas die on the drawing board or fizzle out before they’re finished? Taking action gets the ball rolling but follow through is what makes it happen. Seth Godin calls it shipping I call it follow through. You can call it whatever you like, without it your project fails.
So there you have it. Three simple steps. Follow them and you will follow a path to success. No more excuses. The plan itself is pretty simple. It’s sticking to the plan that presents the challenge. So how do we stick with it? I’ll let you in on a little secret. Even as the guy who’s edited the audio and listened to those interviews a thousand time I often listen again any time I need a little motivation or a kick in the pants. I’m not saying Drawn By Success is the final answer. What I’m saying is surround yourself by motivation. Surround yourself with whatever it takes to get you moving forward and taking the next step. For me it’s Drawn by Success and talking with other successful artists. What is it for you? If you’ve discovered other sites that get you get rolling or help you find your mo-jo please leave a link in the comment section. I’m always on the lookout for good motivational reading or listening.