1. The answer to what direction I should take early in my life came from freelance proofreading. During downtime at a financial firm I hung out in the art department.
Yes, there was a cute girl on the dayshift. But I also was thrilled by the playfulness of what they did in that room. It was like advanced kindergarten. Drawing, cutting, pasting. Lots of laughter. Because I was always helping out they eventually hired me.
I rose into management from there.
2. Which gave me the confidence to go out on my own. So I quit New York City and hit the road for a year in an old van.
3. Which led to opening an art gallery …
4. Our third location hit the sweet spot for art-buying clients. Without diving in to those first two spaces — and learning from them — we couldn’t have refined our approach. That was, oh, only nine years into the art biz.
5. I was on my fourth trip exchanging artwork with artists myself to save money on shipping during the crash … before it dawned on me I could save our business by becoming an art transporter.
Most answers come from doing, not thinking.
~ Jen Sincero
A useful reminder: Whenever you’re stuck, do something.
If you don’t feel a calling, take a step in the vaguest direction of interest.
Take a job, take a class, take a train . . .
But don’t take a pill. That never amplifies a situation.
Putting yourself in the flow has a way of drawing forth options. More revelations come from action than inaction.
(Another useful reminder: Follow the fun . . . it rarely steers you wrong.)
(Of course it’s gotta be what’s fun for you … not others.)
For a guy steeped in creativity I can’t believe I missed Richard Florida’s book in the 2000s . . . and even in 2010 when the revised, expanded, remodeled 2.0 version came out.
But then again, I was busy. Busy with success when the first book came out. Busy staving off impending doom during the crash years when the improved and updated version came out.
But I’m reading it now.
And here’s a tidbit to hearten all of us in creative fields. Not only does the future belong to us, so does the present.
But don’t take it from me, an all things creative enthusiast, take it from Richard Florida, an urban studies theorist.
Here, from The Rise of the Creative Class (Revisited):
Capitalism has expanded its reach to capture the talents of heretofore excluded groups of eccentrics and nonconformists. In doing so, it has pulled off yet another astonishing mutation: taking people who would once have been viewed as bizarre mavericks operating at the bohemian fringe and placing them at the very heart of the process of innovation and economic growth.