I Can’t Help You

Don’t get me wrong.  I wish I could.  I dearly wish it were possible.  The truth is that I can’t.  For all the clues I share, all the guidance I take from good sources and make available here, for all the fresh ideas I try to write down and for all the advice I’ve tried and not always succeeded in following myself that I set forth in these blog posts, not a single one will save you.  They might not even make a blind bit of difference to you.  The truth is: the only person that can help you become a better artist or make a living at it is yourself.

I don’t mean that you should think of your situation as helpless.  There will always be people that say and do things for you at crucial moments that will transform how your life works out.  There is no doubt in my mind that we are all connected.  The only point I am making is that, in the end, the totality of your art practice and your life is in your own hands, in the main.

Sometimes I have wished somebody would magically step in and help me.  It usually didn’t happen, but sometimes it did and I am forever grateful for those interventions and helping hands.  The people that offered them to me so generously know who they are.  Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Sincerely.

My point is that you can read all the self help, self improvement wisdom that there is, you can absorb every written thing about how you should do something, you can collect fresh ideas and new approaches like a bower bird, but unless you actually look into your own being and draw out the will and grit to try those things out, with consistency, all of that intellectual knowledge won’t change your world one little bit.

So that’s what I mean.  I can’t help you.  I can only share the things I have discovered and the things I am trying to apply, with consistency, to my own situation, with all of you, in the hope that you might recognise something worth attempting in all of it and give it a go.  The rest is up to you.  I hope that helps.

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About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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