Now before you go “So what, I do that every Friday” – I’m the guy famous for saying that I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life.
And it’s true: I’ve never had any ability to draw or paint.
My mother, herself an accomplished artist, once tried to train me in drawing basic anatomy.
It didn’t work. (Or rather: I didn’t make it work.)
But yesterday I looked in the mirror. A hot day, I looked intense.
On the dresser was an A4 folded twice, and a sharpie.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, picked up the paper and unfolded it.
Standing there, a loose sheet in my hand, I started scratching away.
Four minutes later, there was an actual face on the paper.
Not necessarily my face, but it’s decidedly human, the intense look is there, and all organs like nose eyes and ears are in their right place.
Weird. No idea where that came from.
Anyhow, over to the order of the day: YOUR art.
And, how to sell it.
Because you see, I could now get all excited and think I should take lessons.
That maybe, with good training and lots of practice, I might one day be able to actually draw things. Properly, like.
But I won’t.
Because I know that I wouldn’t reach that goal.
Not because I would be unable – that will never be known unless I try it.
No, I know I’ll never be an artist, because I know myself well enough to know I’d never put in the hours.
I’d buy some paper, some pencils, I’d make 3.47 sketches, and then something else would come up and be more interesting.
It’s happened several times before.
So, I’m not even going to try.
Maybe you shouldn’t either.
Daily emails, I mean: maybe best not try it.
If you’re like me, if it’s a spur of the moment thing, if it’s shiny new object syndrome or if you’re only going to be half-assed about it – then better not.
You’ll just tire and frustrate yourself.
Besides, who’s going to share all those motivational quotes on Facebook, while you’re practicing your writing skills?
Better to stick with what you’re good at.
For me, that’s writing an email a day. I like it, I’m good at it, and I’m consistent with it.
For you, well that depends. Maths, painting, coding, writing – whatever it is you do. Keep at it.
And once you’re finally ready to sell that stuff, and you reach the equivalent of Martin saying: “But NOW I’m going to do it, I’m going to be serious about it, and I’m going to make it work…”
When you finally are ready to put in the hours so you can up your business and make more money…
That’s when you click the link, acquire my mentorship and coaching and training and 20 years of psych experience etc etc.
Don’t worry if you’re not – I’ll be back tomorrow.
Without a self-portrait.