We see a lot of entitlement in the arts: people who have been told, probably many, many times, that their talent is exceptional, and that their career is at hand. Support is a good thing, but when it is not combined with a person’s own hard work and humility, it can become a toxic force that skews their perspective.
On the other hand, there are the smart, talented, hard-working performers and other artists who doubt their own worthiness, and don’t truly believe they deserve the spotlight. Why should they earn more? Why should they get the big gigs? Why should anyone pay attention to their measly work?
Both of these problems are probably relatable, and can be resolved with a change of mindset. The way we look at the world is, after all, one of the most powerful factors in our success — or lack thereof.
If you’re struggling or frustrated, take a look at your own perspectives on your work and your career and find where an adjustment might make a difference. Get expert opinions and really listen. Find something you love and work hard to not only create it, but promote it. Starting with your own brain may seem too easy, but it is also the one thing you can do right now to start moving toward a better path.
In the meantime, we at the List are rooting for you.
Click here to read the post from Seth Godin that got this line of thought started today. (Thanks, Seth!)
Need help? Coaching can be a good place to start…