I’m starting to feel the momentum of something really big starting to build up. My friends are starting to take their Art/Craft/Make more seriously. I think so many people are stuck in the mind set
“But I can’t make money doing what I love – it’s just hobby”
because school prepared them for the soul crushing boredom of a desk job. Our culture perpetuates the idea that when you “grow up” you have to get a “REAL JOB” something you will most likely hate, but how else are you going to pay for your kid’s braces? I have been so incredibly lucky to have grown up in a household where Mom and Dad don’t “go to work”. They are both extremely talented artist who make their living doing what they love. But even for me it has been really hard to shake this deep rooted cultural belief. My Dad went to college to be an architect. He knew that he loved art, but his parents had advised him that;
“being a artist was completely unrealistic”
and after all he did love old buildings. He quickly realized that he couldn’t stand it, and transferred into the art program the rest is history.
My dad was brave. How many people never made that step? another lie that gets in people’s way is:
“But I’m not talented enough to do this for a living”
The TRUTH is that talent is only 1% of the battle. You will get good at something by doing it.
The old model for most of America was to get a good job at General Motors with health insurance and a retirement stipend. That is no longer an option. We now have a chance to reconsider what we want working in this country to look like.
I’m not saying that everyone should quit their job and become an Artist, I just want you to do whatever is in your heart to do! Whether that’s A dairy farmer, bike mechanic, writer, fashion designer, or starting a traveling side-show.
If you wake up in the morning excited about your day there is no limit to what you can accomplish.