At the age of four you were an artist.
At the age of seven you were a poet.
And by the time you were twelve, if you had a lemonade stand, you were an entrepreneur.
Of course you can do something that matters, I guess I’m wondering if you want to.
- Seth Godin, Linchpin
Can you become indispensable and remarkable?
Yes you can. But will you? That’s the question you must answer. I pray your answer is yes.
Do you remember back to age four… when the artist in you flourished… before fear and anxiety took over?
Do you remember playing dress up or acting out made up plays without a formal script?
There is something magical and powerful in the mind of a child that allows them to see life through a different lens. All the creativity and inspiration hasn’t been lost to the training of formalized education and peer pressure. They aren’t living their entire life just to fit in and please other people.
Perhaps a real-life illustration would help you understand this childlike fearlessness…
Embrace life like a child again… move beyond the fear into a place of acceptance and belief that you have something magical and valuable to offer this world. As Seth says in his book, stop listening to the one heckler in the back and start speaking to the audience who came to hear what you have to say. Even if it’s an audience of one, they’re listening… start speaking your art, your truth, and let it transform you.
Who knows… you might just save the world!
Technical Knowledge & Images: Read through 2 books on lighting and posing, one by Monte Zucker, the other by Scott Kelby. Looked through a massive book of portraits called The Sartorialist based on the blog by the same name. Have you seen the blog?