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Motivation: What Artists Can Learn About Perception from Winston Churchill - Lesson 2

Last week, I shared a lesson about persistence  from Winston Churchill's speech to the students at Harrow School: Commitment, Focus & Action.

Here's what I heard from a few of you:

You made a commitment,
You focused on the three key roles.
You took action.

Then you spent some time on the Internet where it seemed that other artists are way ahead of you.

Because they have better art, better web sites, and better Blogs.

You think this because they have more pieces of art, more web pages, more posts, more friends on Facebook, more followers on Twitter, more connections on LinkedIn, are in more circles on Google+ and more pinned on Pinterest.

So you assume that they are selling more art and making more money.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Here's where more of Churchill's advice can help you:

"You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done."

So stop using your imagination to torment yourself that others are doing better (and there's no proof that they really are).

Work on improving your art, your marketing and your business administration.

Step One: Focus

  • What do you see these artists doing that you would like to do?
  • Can you adapt what they are doing to fit your goals, time, money, energy and skills?
  • Will doing these things help you get closer to the goals you have for your art business?

Step Two: Commit

  • What will you start doing?
  • What will you stop doing?
  • What will you do differently?

Step Three: Action

  • Look at the lists you made of what you will start, stop or do differently.
  • Choose one of each and take action today.
  • Repeat until done.

Remember Churchill's words:

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense."

You didn't get this far in life by giving up or giving in.

You can only change what is within your control.

Want an example?

"Tumbling Pineapples" ©Patrice Federspiel 2013 "Tumbling Pineapples" was submitted to four exhibits before it was accepted into the Hawai`i Watercolor Society's Members' Exhibit - and then it won an award!

If I had stopped after my first, second, or even third rejections, if I hadn't kept submitting this painting to different exhibits, it never would have won anything!

The painting didn't change during the submission process. The eyes making the selection changed, along with the other images submitted to the exhibit.

Tumbling Pineapples isn't the only painting in this exhibit with a similar story... (To read more, click here:

And somewhere out there, another artist is looking at you and wishing they were doing as well as you are.


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