The Work: Knowing Your Art

The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it’s a job.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.
― Seth Godin

Creating Worthwhile Commitments to Yourself

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Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.”
― Paulo Coelho

Dedication is something we think little about because it comes as second nature when we choose to dedicate our time to our work, our families and our friends. We make commitments to be that listening ear to anyone who needs it, to always get the job done and to take care our family to keep safe and happy. But how committed are you to you? When any of us think of commitments it’s often towards something external, never internal. How much time is spent committing to things which makes us happy? We have become so self-absorbed in the movement of self-love, we think that’s all there is. ” I love myself and that’s enough.”  That’s it, end of story!

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4 Possibilities Of The New Year

January is the most difficult month for many people, coming down from that high of the holiday, trying to stick to those new resolutions can send the best of us into a tailspin. Life has a way of humbling us all and eleven months from now you’ll be looking back on all the foolish things you’ve wasted time on and for losing sight of the possibilities this new year brought.  Life is filled with new possibilities, don’t get caught up in little frustrations. Embrace the possibilities, whatever the new may bring, always remember the possibilities.

 1. Give up the failures that make you so self-conscious- both failure and accomplishments should be celebrated because they are learning experiences. 

2. Nothing in life is perfect, no one in life is perfect, not even you. So don’t expect others to be perfect. Love yourself and others, imperfections and all.

3. There are no quick fixes- like fad diets, quick fixes don’t work, they may give you gratification but they’re short-lived with short rewards. You have to put the work into anything if you intend to accomplish anything long-lasting. To celebrate the rewards in the long run you can’t cut corners.

4. Do something meaningful to you- dust off all those plans that have put on the back burner and focus on the most tangible ones. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long it’s been since they’ve been sitting, find the passion you once had for that thing and make it happen.

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