“I’m obsessed. Those who are not obsessed about their art can give up right now because they will never create anything worthy anyway. You must be obsessed in order to be an outstanding artist.”
He also said: “I don’t want to die yet. I want to create. I have so many ideas, and I just need time to turn them into reality.”
And then he went on to say: “I don’t care if others don’t like what I do. I want to leave something in this world, and I create my art the way I see it. What others think about it doesn’t matter at all.”
You should have seen this man in his studio. He had an excited smile on his face when he was painting, kneels on the floor, submerged in the world of shapes and colors. He was so full of energy, so sharp, so focused. Maybe he was 84 physically, but his soul wasn’t older than 20. He was a perfect example of life filled with passion, purpose and meaning.
So what’s the lesson here?
1. Be obsessed. Love what you do, do what you love, breathe what you do, live what you do. Be passionate about your art.
2. Creative energy is what keeps us alive. People die when they have nothing more to say. Your desire to create your life’s work is the fuel of your life. Literally.
3. Create what you feel you’re here to create. Creating what you think others will like never brings you the same inner joy and satisfaction. Be bold, be fearless, be authentic, be yourself. Remember: No one else is like you. Be proud of your work.
Today I would like to ask you a very important question: What are you doing when you’re at your best? How does it feel to be completely committed to your creative process? What do you love about writing (or painting, designing, sculpting, whatever your creative endeavor may be)?
My answer to this question is simple. To me, writing means total and absolute freedom. Endless expansion. Authentic excellence. It’s joy at its best. It’s the real, true me.