First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. - Napoleon Hill
The greatest thinkers throughout history have always elaborated on the importance of imagination as the foundation of success, as Napoleon Hill does in the quote above.
Even Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
No matter what type of artist you are, one of your greatest assets is your imagination.
Being able to quickly adapt, improvise, and ultimately overcome obstacles and hurdles, is the hallmark of imaginative thinking and of the artistic mind.
Robert Henri, the great American impressionist painter said, "A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle." Each work of art that you attempt and execute hones and sharpens your problem-solving imagination.
As an artist, you are imbued with great ability to overcome challenge and adversity using your greatest God-given gift, your gift of imagination.
Don't spiral into a well of negative thinking. Hill was all about positive thinking.
One other great and noteworthy principle that he taught was the "mastermind" principle. Here is a quick 5-minute explanation of this principle by Napoleon Hill himself (it's a black and white old video but the knowledge inside is gold).
He always tied the importance of meeting friends and building solid connections to success in career. Using Napoleon Hill's principles, I have found partners, friends and teammates who have helped me grow both socially and financially.
To maintain your edge both in family and career, Napoleon Hill says:
"...you may borrow and use the education, experience, influence and perhaps the capital of other people..."
When the creative imagination of an artist is coupled with other creative minds they generate an unstoppable force which can only lead to success for all involved.
This was the basic teaching of Napoleon Hill and stands the test of time today as a testament of his vision and wisdom.