Dare to Fail Greatly

With your art, are you willing to fail greatly? In your life, do you have a deep inner conviction that you really are on the right track? Even though it all may blow up in your face? Are you willing to appear wrong because what you’re doing is right?  Even if you’re doing the unthinkable, will you forge ahead even though you may fail? Our willingness to risk great things and fail in the process says a lot about our faith and who we are. Read on…

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I Love Artists Who Go For It!

I love artists who go for it. Artists who go for it are people like Brian Swerdfeger, who overwhelmed me with inspiration today. Brian’s got guts and I want more of what he’s got. You see, Brian just doesn’t say he is an artist. He is practicing his artistry in a radical and bold way. He’s an inspiration for other artists to get out of their comfort zones and reach for challenging goals. Brian’s going for it in a big way. A professional musician, he was also the head of marketing at Taylor Guitar for many years. I ran into him at the NAMM show today in Anaheim and was so inspired by his story, I had to share it with you. Read on…

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What is Your Next Big Challenge?

[W]hen was the last time you asked yourself, “What is my next big challenge?” Yes, I mean a BIG challenge. Something that will push you. Test you. Something arduous and demanding that will shove you way out of your comfort zone.

Your next big challenge will require you to go much farther than you think you can go. Like all daunting tests, it will demand all of you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

I certainly know what my next big challenge is. It is big and daunting. Looming over me like a ten foot wave. This coming Sunday, I’m participating in the Orangeman Triathlon here in Southern California. The race is a 1.2 mile ocean swim, a 56 mile bike ride all the way up Ortega Hwy. and a half-marathon to finish it up. If you think I’m crazy entering a 70.3 mile race, you’re absolutely right. Read on…

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The Monkey, the Banana, & the Bamboo Cage

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Once upon a time, there was a monkey, a banana and a bamboo cage. One afternoon after a long nap, the monkey was hungry and wanted something to eat. So he set off for a nearby banana plantation that he and his monkey troop would frequently raid. Walking along a dense jungle trail, the monkey suddenly eyed a banana. But this banana was in a sort of contraption that the monkey couldn’t quite name because monkeys have a very limited monkey vocabulary. Suffice to say, the banana was in a small bamboo box with long wooden slats. The box was fastened to a chain, which was tied to a nearby tree. Read on…

The Action-Oriented Artist: Part 1

As a boy, I loved action-figures. GI Joe was my hero and if there was one guy I’d ever want in my foxhole, it was him. I had the GI Joe Navy S.E.A.L. Scuba set. The G.I. Joe Egyptian Explorer Jeep set complete with sarcophagus-mummy-winch holder. The G.I. Joe Jungle Python-Slashing set complete with authentic plastic machete. I was all things G.I. Joe. Boy, could I accessorize that man-doll: grenades, ammo, M-16, Howitzer, you name it.

What did I love about G.I. Joe? Popping muscles and cammo aside, G.I. was a man of action. He represented courage, initiative and risk-taking. Every quality one needs to be an action-oriented artist. Though G.I. Joe never practiced “The War of Art,” he has a lot to teach writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians, visual artists–every kind of artist imaginable–about the importance of being an action-oriented artist.

Seth to Artists, “Stop Waiting!”

[dc]I[/dc]  just read a great post from marketing expert Seth Godin and I’d like to share it with you. Before we glean from Seth Godin’s marketing expertise, I want you to look at this picture with the two empty chairs? See that one…the one with your name on it? Are you waiting for the perfect opportunity? Waiting for that phone call? Are you a visual artist waiting for that painting commission? An actor waiting for that acting part? A writer waiting for that book deal? That recording contract. That movie deal. You’re waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Seth says don’t wait to be picked…

Slow Children & Dangerous Wonder

[dc]H[/dc]ave you read Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli?  It’s one of my favorite old books to pull off the shelf when I need to be reminded of the importance of childlike faith.

I love adventure and I love going on adventures with my kids. As my kids like to tell my wife Krista, “There are five children in our family: Us four kids and Dad!”

Whenever I drive by a neighborhood that has one of favorite street signs, I’ll point it out to my kids and say, “Slow children…how sad!” Yet, there is much spiritual wisdom in walking slowly with God. Here’s a favorite quote from Dangerous Wonder…