What Can 100 Percent Effort Do for Your Art Career?

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Like the marathon runner who gets her second wind just when she thought it was all over, you may find that success in your art career is simply a matter of a little extra try.

Like the marathon runner who gets her second wind just when she thought it was all over, you may find that success in your art career is simply a matter of a little extra try.

Are you reluctant to act on your art career because of a fear of failure?  Are you afraid of “blowing it,” of being embarrassed or looking foolish to your friends and family?

I can understand that.  We’re all afraid of blowing it, of looking like fools in front of our family and friends.

But why not consider a different viewpoint?

Maybe it’s precisely your unwillingness to act that ensures your continued failures. Maybe you’ve got the whole thing backward, and the only reason success has eluded you is that you’ve denied yourself that 100 percent effort that would bring it within your reach.

What 100 Percent Effort Can Do for Your Art Career

When you focus all of your energy on the task before you and waste none of it thinking about the outcome, you achieve unexpectedly gratifying results.  In many endeavors, such spectacular results come only after you have pushed yourself beyond where you thought you could go.

Like the marathon runner who gets her second wind just when she thought it was all over, you may find that success in your art career is simply a matter of a little extra try.

Most of us who fear failure do so out of an unnecessarily strong sense of defensiveness.  Since we don’t want people to laugh at us, we refuse to put ourselves in any situation where that might be a possible outcome.

But by depriving ourselves the chance to fail, we also deprive ourselves of the chance to succeed, and we end up risking–and doing–nothing.  This puts us in perpetual limbo.

Why Most People Don’t Make It in Their Art Career

Most people don’t make it in their art career because they don’t believe that they can become who they want to become and so they don’t even try.

They know what it takes to succeed in various endeavors, but are unwilling to make the sacrifices, run the risks, or do what it takes to become who they want to be.

But if you take stock of your dreams and begin to act on them consciously, they’ll soon become part of your reality.

In the process of turning dreams into reality, you’ll become more competent, more knowledgeable, more centered, and more certain of yourself.

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  1. Good advice, Gary. However, the problem for me is in reverse: I give it my best shot through my work, through my business website, and through social media. But not much have come of my efforts. The main problem, and I will admit this, is that I don’t know how to sell myself. I don’t know how to sell my products. I’m not the kind of person that people want to get to know (and I do consider myself a people person).

    My art is good. My art is very good. And there’s a lot I can do with it. But that’s where I’m stuck. And unless I find a good marketer, I’ll remain stuck. The thing is, though, I do keep trying to get myself out there.

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