The Anatomy of Success
by Jeffrey P. Fisher
Those who play sports competitively know the value of getting your head into the game. Along with immense physical preparation comes intense mental concentration. To be a success with your arts-business career you need to bring the same physical and emotional power to the table. Specifically, you need your head, heart, and stomach at their peak performance.
Head = Brains
There are two sides to your head: creative and logical. You need your creativity to serve you well in your artistic pursuits. But don't ignore the logic either. To make it in the crazy world of arts, learn all that you can about how the business works. The more you know, the better off you will be.
Heart = Passion
Desire comes from your heart. It's the love you have for yourself, others, and your art that counts. According to authors Ron Rubin and Stuart Avery Gold in their "success@life" book: "Passion provides you the best possible odds to successfully catch and live your dream." That's good advice - if you follow it.
Is there a fire inside of you that won't burn brightly unless you achieve your dreams? If that's you, channel that passion into everything you do. If you don't have the passion inside of you, ask yourself why. And then take steps to stoke the fire. When you feel passionate about your art, that positive energy works in your favor. Your enthusiasm will rub off on people creating a good experience for customers and others with whom you associate.
Stomach = Guts
You have to take risks -- whether you have the stomach for them or not. There are two key issues to address. One, is it's OK to make mistakes. That's how you learn and grow as a person and as a professional. Vow not to repeat errors and try to limit the downside to every venture you take on. Elbert Hubbard sums this up best: "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." Two, give yourself a challenge. Don't rest on your laurels. Always push yourself to do and be better. It is this constant pursuit of bigger, better, brighter that drives the most successful artistic temperament.
To make your life and career the success you envision, get your head, heart, and stomach working together. That's the anatomy of success today.