Artist Ann Rea
Jonathan Fields - Turning Fear Into Fuel
jonathan_fields Turning Fear Into Fuel, watch this. What if I fail? What if I do nothing? What if I succeed? My friend Jonathan Fields, author of Career Renegade, poses these questions in this TEDx presentation.  These are the questions I had to ask myself when I decided to embrace a life and a business as an artist. What would you do if you could not fail?  Would this opportunity make you come alive?  Say it out loud, right now.  Really.  Say it out loud. Once you’ve said it out loud and you may still be feeling fearful.  So what!  It’s natural.  See how others converted that fear into a business that expresses their passion by reading Career Renegade. Now I admit that I’m giving a bias recommendation, because I’m profiled in Career Renegade.  But I found the other profiles very inspiring.  I particularly loved the story about the guy who found a way to make a living playing video games all day.  Almost anything is possible if you really find a way to create value for a targeted market.
Thinking Bigger
orionfull_jcc_bigYou are what you think about”. I’m not sure who to credit this statement of truth but I remind myself of it often.  In order to imagine painting for a living I had to think big, much bigger than I had been thinking throughout my life while I was working away in a cubicle.  And as I continued to look at the stars, think big, and succeed at making these big thoughts into my reality I noticed that the people in my life fell into two camps.  There where those who thought that I was unrealistic or who plainly ignored me when I shared my victories, literally changing the subject, most often to themselves.  Then there where those who cheered my on, and who at times, would hold even more of a belief in my big ideas than I did. Over the past five years I’ve watched a whole group of small thinkers fade out of my life and a whole group of big thinkers step in.  In fact, they are still showing up.  Bob Proctor who is a personal development guru, and has worked with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres. David Mathison who is a thought leader in the renaissance of new media. Jonathan Fields, author of Career Renegade, to name a few. And lesser known names, but no less important, who are definitely big thinkers and who are leading change, imagining new frontiers, and who I appreciate knowing. I’m quite sure that it’s thinking bigger that has allowed my path to cross with big thinkers.  I can remember Bob Proctor saying, "I really don't like small talk, I like big talk." Although on one level its sad to see some people fade out my life, I recognize that rarely does anyone stay in your life forever, that nothing is permanent, and it’s often for the best because it makes room for people who are positive influences.