Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 19, 2013

How To Stay Motivated When Your Art Still Looks Ugly.

Creating art is painful. You take what you feel and put it on the canvas. And sometimes what you see when you’re done isn’t what you thought was going to be there.

It looked better in your mind. Once you see what you’ve done, you don’t feel the same way you felt when it was all still in your head.

Art is a fickle master. Creating beauty to be a maddening pursuit.

Whether you are trying to improve business growth or drive new revenue, improve marketing engagement or aim for market dominance with a new set of tools and ideas, the work you are doing is really just art work.  You are an artist.

At the core, you are a creator. You are fashioning something from nothing. Your task is to take what you are given and make it beautiful.

And while all that is still in your head, still a dream, it’s easy to feeling passion, powerful, and excited about the prospects for your future.

When you start creating and the art isn’t finished yet you can feel frustrated and lonely by the inadequacies of your first attempts.

It’s important to remember art demands a passionate pursuit of your dreams.

It’s not a formula. Not a science. Not a proven series of steps that you can mimic.

The most beautiful things in life around you are things that you feel. Experiences that make you feel.

Creating that for other people is a challenge of massive proportion.

Remember that when you’re feeling discouraged. What you are doing is amazingly difficult.  Stay focused on creating beauty.

Let the wonder of what you felt drive you to stay impassioned while your art is still incomplete and ugly.


About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.