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Insights into the creative life…Quotes

Couldn’t have said it  better myself…the following quotes by J. Michael Dolan

Uptight, Worked Up & Edgy!

Every single day, a plan, a plot, a project, a scheme or a great idea screams to be on the front burner: A song that needs to be recorded. A video that needs to be shot. A business deal that needs a push. A website that needs to be built or updated. A relationship that needs to be dealt with.

Important because sometimes our best-laid plans work out, far beyond our expectations. Other times they fall apart and fade away. That’s the nature of a creative, independent lifestyle. However, truth be told, it’s all those big plans, worthy projects and bright ideas that we’re NOT doing that continue to keep us uptight, worked up and edgy.

Two Fisted Advantage
(italics mine)

If you’re a regular reader of my blogs & stories you already know that I’m a huge advocate for artists & entrepreneurs. That’s because I’ve been both all my life and in my world there’s no difference between the two. They both dwell in the land of uncertainty and risk and they both have to use creativity and innovation to negotiate their way through it. That’s not all…

A songwriter (composer) composes the music he hears in his head.
An entrepreneur creates a vision for the future that she sees in her mind’s eye.

A painter prepares a canvas for her next artistic expression.
An entrepreneur prepares a Powerpoint presentation for his next keynote.

A writer processes words that stimulate and entertain.
An entrepreneur processes words that motivate and inspire.

A singer (instrumentalist) nervously stands in front of his audience and shares his soul.
An entrepreneur nervously stands in front of her shareholders and shares her vision.

Neither one would last long in a regular 9-5 job because both have a relentless muse and an untamable creative spirit which they simply MUST follow. And unlike others, A&E’s have an advantage: the unique ability to devise, create, invent, fabricate, formulate, manifest and cook-up ways to make a buck.

Important because if our world ever crashes, it will be the crazy, genius artists and risk-taking entrepreneurs who will survive to inspire us and point the way out of the rubble and into the light.

16 Comments

  1. Marty

    Jerry Seinfeld once said that he desperately needed to avoid working in an office because I loathed the idea of having to say “hello” all day long to the same people. 🙂 Creative people need solitude to express themselves; I’m married to one, and I have to remember that constantly!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Especially since retirement often means saying ‘hello’ all day long to the same person (spouse – right?) at the home ‘office’.
      Delicate balance, for sure.

  2. Jennie Fitzkee

    Hear hear, Laura! I love how you compare an artist and an entrepreneur.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennie!
      To be clear, I just chose those quotes reflective of my own thoughts…JMichaelDolan did the actual comparison.

  3. Jill Weatherholt

    This is so true, “sometimes our best-laid plans work out, far beyond our expectations. Other times they fall apart and fade away.” I wouldn’t last long if I depended on my writing income to survive. I need my 9 to 5 job and thank God for it. Great post, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Amen and Amen! Thanks for the (he)artistic thumbs up, Author!

  4. Ally Bean

    i like your take on the creative spirit. We who are possessed of it certainly do have a way of turning rubble into something. Does that make us rubble rousers?

  5. Laura

    In my mind, I have never separated an artist from an entrepreneur. However, there are many who do hold down 9 to 5 jobs (not necessarily those hours, but a job nonetheless). They do it out of necessity, and there are those lucky few whose jobs are outcomes of their artistry and entrepreneurship. I believe that all human beings are gifted artistically in one form or another, but not all realize their potential.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I, too, don’t buy into the myth that the only way to ‘prove’ one’s artistic professionalism is to be 100% dependent upon revenue generated by it…
      And, yes, creative artistry is not limited to the areas society lists as being ‘artistic’.

  6. Mariss Stevens

    A thought provoking post. There is, I think, one big difference between the creations of the artist and the entrepreneur. An artist makes things of beauty, while an entrepreneur makes money. (If the two should coincide, where a work of art is bought for what it is worth, then that is a bonus.)

  7. Jane Chesebrough

    Enjoyed this, and the change of pronouns throughout.

  8. L. Marie

    Very inspiring! Especially this: “Important because if our world ever crashes, it will be the crazy, genius artists and risk-taking entrepreneurs who will survive to inspire us and point the way out of the rubble and into the light.” Amen!

    • laura bruno lilly

      And you, my friend, are one of those crazies…writer with words to inspire…

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