I didn’t come from a family who passed down words of wisdom from one generation to the next. Where I grew up, it was graduate, get a job and stay at that job until you retire. That’s what my grandfather’s did. That’s what my dad did. That’s what my brother’s doing now.
My uncle (a businessman who married into the family) was the only person who ever took me aside after I graduated from high school, and offered a few words of advice that actually changed my life. He said, “If you want to be successful, surround yourself with successful people.” And he was right.
You become who you identify with. You are who you set your mind to be. If you want to be an artist, hang out with artists. If you want to be a writer, surround yourself with writers. If you want to be a fabric or textile designer, seek out other designers and hang with them. Surround yourself with whom you want to become!
Now, hooking in with those you admire isn’t as easy as it might seem. Most of us who have “made it” in one career or another can smell an opportunist and a user a mile away. You, too, have to be prepared to bring something to the party! Don’t just become a sponge, become a giver, as well. Learn through reading and class-taking and self-exploration what motivates you and what is new and cutting edge in the areas you are interested in. Create blogs and tweets and Diggs and write articles and books, and produce simple YouTube videos that will attract the creative people you want to hang with to you.
No one makes it alone in any of the creative fields (no matter how much the successful ones would like you to believe that they have). Relationships — solid, equal and sharing relationships, with those you admire and whose creative paths you hope to emulate, will bring you as much inspiration and artistic success, if not more, than a insular, nose-to-the-grindstone, all-work/no play crafter – who may have a little, or even a lot of, creative talent. And don’t sell yourself short. Your unique spirit and new energy can be a welcome gift and revelation to the successful, “made it” creative as well! Work it!
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TOMORROW ON CREATIVE MOJO:
Bev Rogan and Quilts for Japan
Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter
Wendy Johnson about her book, Wendy Knit’s Lace
Colleen Exline with Bookkeeping for the artist and crafter!
I hope you enjoy my creative thoughts for hobbyists and crafters. I post new blog thought entries every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s are reserved for Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski’s guests and new creative personalities that you’ll want to know and learn about. Of course, I sprinkle things happening on Pickle Road throughout the week.
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