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When you wish upon a star…

Just got this notification via Linkedin.

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My response to this piece of motivational simplicity…

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Just to be clear – if you dream it you can then hopefully motivate yourself to work hard and pursue it. Ideas and dreams are nothing without the painstaking exertion of effort – and even that doesn’t guarantee success.

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film - not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed...
A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film – not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed…

And drawing doesn’t come “naturally” for me, hard work actually plays a role.
That’s why I always wince inwardly when people tell me “to have fun with it” when asking for a commission.

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The family knows I’m having “fun” when they can hear me from my studio
swearing like a crazed lunatic.

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It goes along the same lines as “Do what you love” or “follow your bliss”. How Joseph Campbell explains it it’s a way to find meaning in life – on the flip side it can be narcissistic and devalues hard labor. I hear people coming out of art school saying how they never want their art to be “a job” – that they want it to stay their passion. In the real world the old adage 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration applies. I think of my drawing ability as a skill set, not an art. Not that I can’t pursue art, but it’s important to recognize the trade value and business side if want to continue to make a living doing it.


So just remember it’s not all about achieving your dreams…

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Unless of course your destination is Mars,
then it’s all about getting back to Dejah Thoris…

John Carter by Frank Frazetta
John Carter by Frank Frazetta

But I digress…

Just remember it’s all about the journey.
So to end, here’s Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’…