February 1, 2010
“There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
” Opportunity’s favorite disguise is trouble.” (Frank Tyger)
“Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” (Brian Tracy)
All good thoughts, to be sure. So did you know that all opportunity begins with you? If you are in a frame of mind that no one will ever love your art as much as you do, you will be right. If you are in the frame of mind that counts up all the things wrong in your minute, your day, your life, then everything will always be wrong because it’s all you will see.
YOU are the opportunity that you are looking for, wishing for… hoping for. YUP, you. No one else but you. So if you’re waiting for someone to do something, go look in the mirror.
How do you make your own opportunities? Think ’em up! Then do it. Here’s one: make some art postcards all with different art on them. Leave one side for an address with the message being your website. Leave them at coffee houses or send one a month to the gallery you want to exhibit in. Why not? What will it hurt? Every body stops at the coffee shop… you never know what will come of it. Leave at the same coffee shop once a month for 6 months. What are you out? Some great art time, the cost of some blank postcards (or plain card stock that you cut down) and that’s about it, really.
” If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.” (Mark Houlahan)
See? there are others that have said it better than I ever could. =)