Well 2014 is here as we say goodbye to 2013. I am not sure of the rest of you but 2013 was filled with a plethora of challenges as well as victories.
That said, it is what we learn and implement going forward that gives tremendous value to the difficult lessons we face. I have always held great value in a prayer called “The Serenity Prayer” I only recite this here because of the wisdom behind it. Whether you have a religious affiliation or not, the peace, as well as call to action, can permeate your plans as well as help place the proper perspective on many of life’s trials. Here is an abbreviated version related to today’s post:
“Give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,”
You might be saying…sheesh Dean, pretty deep stuff for a Blog about marketing artwork and you would be correct. But let me put it in perspective.
Promoting and selling something as personal as your creative expression is difficult. Sometimes you may be challenged with the joy of creation interfering with the need for revenue and/or the time needed to feel the reward in the creation of your work. My experience has shown me that this is always going to be the case to some degree. Sure there will be mountain top days and deep in the valley days but the tension will always exist. Accept that it is there with a sense of serenity and do not let it deter you from being who you are and what your gift is. Most of all, keep your eyes on the creative person you are while embracing the necessary tasks that life puts in front of you.
Here is a quote from Steve Jobs regarding the trials and tribulations of working to build your dreams: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” These are very wise words but they were also followed by Mr. Jobs tireless effort to make them come true. “The courage to change what we can” comes along when we have the determination to take action and follow through with the work needed to realize the goal….no matter what.
Back to 2014. I am not much of a new year’s resolution type guy. I prefer to review my decisions as they present themselves and weigh them based upon what good/bad might come from them. I do, however, like to set goals. Goals give us a sense of vision and a marker to measure where we are going. The goals we are setting for Flootie.com this year are lofty. We are busy working on new features and writing code on the test site to verify everything is working. You will see us peacefully work through any trials and tirelessly work to achieve the goals we have set our eyes on (nothing short of changing how art is sold and dispelling the old adage “starving artist”).
Please know that we are here for you. Both the art buyer as well as the art seller. I/we are always available to support your goals with our time and idea’s. Feel free to contact me anytime.
Thanks and Happy New Year!