Determination—An Important Mindset Every Artist Must Have

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You and I have our creative dreams, our desires, our passions. Some of us were lucky to be born with an artistic talent. Some of us found our calling later in life. Either way, there’s something we are meant to do with ourselves, with our one shot at life.

Believe me, you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t have that something inside you, bustling to break free—a talent, a perspective, a story.

The very fact that you’re reading these words means that you have creative energy—whatever shape or form or colour that creativity may come in.

Only you know what you’re meant to do in life. Only I know what I’m meant to do. We each have our little patch of grass to water and fertilize with care and tenderness, to defend with all our grit.

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Do You Know Exactly Why You’re Chasing Your Dream?

A lion knows why he dashes after a zebra in an open field—he needs to eat.

Editor’s note: The original article was published in January 2012. Also, I want to give a big thanks to anyone who came out to UTM’s book launch last night in Toronto and supported a bunch of new authors. A special thanks to those who bought my book, Lessons for Creative People. For anyone else interested in getting a copy, you can order it online at my publisher’s website.

Kevin Spacey’s interview on Inside the Actor’s Studio is inspiring. In this short segment of the full interview, he explains to a young audience that when you achieve your dreams, there is no external prize.

Achieving success bestows only an internal prize—a feeling of fulfillment, resolve, strength, purpose.

The most satisfying aspect of doing creative work is watching yourself grow and your skills mature—and witnessing the universe crack to allow room for your dream to breath, grow, and manifest.

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