"The Art Spirit", by Robert Henri is about creativity through the lens of an art student.
The book starts, "Art, when really understood, is a province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things - anything. Well, it is not an outside extra thing. When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He opens ways for better understanding."
Startups are interesting to others. They don't have to be painters to be artists. They can work in any medium.
It's not just how important the end product is but the actual craft of doing the work, inventing within the work.
Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways.
The old masters did know how they compose their pictures. Do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them.
It's easy to fall in the footsteps of others, to do what they do because you think it's the right way. You may think if they've had success, you can copy that success. Yet, you have to find your own path to be successful.
An art student must be a master from the start. He must be a master of his own tools. That mastership is not a destination. It is a process and constant practice.
It is not enough to think of great things. What really matters is the work. To implement those ideas. Other's success seems like it happened in just a moment, but it takes years and years of patience.
If you don't have purpose that is shared between everyone, you will not do anything that is timeless.
You must focus on building what you want to see in the world. When you have a passion for building for yourself, that' will draw other people to your cause and your team.
Bill Walsh took a football team near the bottom and brought them to the top. He focused entirely on a new standard of performance.
The most challenging transition for an entrepreneur is going from individual action to leading a team. First, start with an idea and a philosophy of purpose, then find people to help you implement it.
Keep a list of everything that you want to do every day and a list of things that you don't want to do. This will help to establish patterns for yourself. Every day for a week, wake up to this note. Check it throughout the day and before you fall asleep.
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