Don’t Be Fickle. Don’t Change Directions


fickleAmerica is facing some of its greatest challenges ever.  The America that we have today is much different from the America that I knew as a boy.

I think that one of the biggest problems facing Americans today is that we've become a very fickle people.  If the wind blows this way, we go this way.

If the wind blows that way, we go that way.  Don't be fickle. Don't change directions.

If someone comes to me and suggests that I go with them to Brooklyn to start a restaurant, it may be very tempting.  It may be very alluring to go into the restaurant business with my friends.

But I have to tell them that I can't go with them because it is not my direction.  I am a New York City artist. This is my direction.

It is very important for you to realize that once you set out on your direction that you will encounter all kinds of entanglements.  Things may not go very well for you for a very long time. 

There may be times when life starts pushing you around and you may be tempted to give up and retreat. It may cause you to second-guess your convictions.

And then things may suddenly change and get better.  So life as a whole is very hard to judge.

This is just the way it is for everyone.

I am not a very smart man.  I was not blessed with very many natural abilities, gifts, or talents.  What takes others only 3 years to complete takes me 5 or even 7 years.

But slowly, after many setbacks, disappointments, failures, I begin to make progress.  Slowly, slowly, I have accomplished many things.

Don't be fickle.  Don't change directions.

Tell us about your experience with sticking it out and not being fickle in the comments below.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Carla Stein

    Thanks, Gary. This is a good reminder about the hard work and time that goes into making our inspirations become reality.

  2. Alma Ayon

    Hi Gary, I found this post on 2015, I like your strategy of tweeting old posts. This one is very relevant to me today since I have many possibilities and paths presenting ahead. I would like to ask you why would your artblog atract clients to buy your art if your posts are mainly attracting artists who find useful advice. I think the business here is selling courses and coaching to artists, am I right? So how is that clients interested in buying art find you? Also I want to ask your opinion I have a website on weebly with my own domain and I’m starting my blog there but, do you think there’s any problems with having a blog on weebly? I have now the skill of making self hosted sites but since I started my art site before on weebly and I really like the design I would like to leave it there. Take a look if you wish I would appreciate your opinion.

    1. Gary Bolyer

      I like and use WordPress. It is the world leader in websites for a reason, and that is because it is the best. If I were you I would start again with a WordPress site.

  3. nina

    When I first read your headline, I was going to say that it is good to change as one cannot stick blindly, with hope and desire, at something that is not working. However, after reading your article, I see your point now. However, I think one has to show flexibility in all endeavours and not just carry on with something without assessing how it is going and if it needs adjusting or changing radically.

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