Seth Godin, a powerhouse in the publishing and blogging world, recently wrote this short but thought-provoking piece:
What is your Art?
I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting.
Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.
Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection.
You can be perfect or you can make art.
You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art.
You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.
The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and committing to what it requires of you.
My turn, what is my art?
Sometimes I hesitate to call myself an artist, but I know I’m one. I make things that aren’t perfect (like this old rambling blog post), I don’t track what I get in return (which is hardly anything), and I absolutely abhor the status quo (so I started this podcast).
You are an artist in some way too, I bet. Even if you’ve never written a blog post, painted a picture, or recorded a song, you are an artist. And the world needs your art.
So ask yourself, “What is my art?”
What do you do that is generous? What do you do to “change the recipient for the better?”
You can’t keep going through life consuming everyone else’s art, it’s time to start contributing — it’s time to commit.
6 Resources to Help You Find Your Art
- For the writers out there, you have to follow Jeff Goins.
- For the speakers, I present Cliff Ravenscraft, The Podcast Answer Man.
- For the business leaders, may I introduce to you, Michael Hyatt.
- For the teachers, Course Craft is the way to go.
- For the online content creators, Copyblogger is a must.
- And for everyone else, there is always me, Declan Wilson. I’m only an email away.