The word “art” is derived from the Latin word ars. Art was originally thought of only in terms of history, poetry, comedy, music, and dancing. A few hundred years ago, the word started being used to describe professionals, chefs, and surgeons. Today, we are all artists. Each of us has the ability to demonstrate our artistry (work) to those around us, if we choose to.
Bob Dylan is a perfect example of what it means to be an “artist.” Dylan is one of the most eccentric and successful artists of the last 50 years. What made him special wasn’t a beautiful voice or a mainstream singers persona. He marched to his own drum.
Dylan wasn’t trying to please everyone (a lot of people didn’t like his music at all). That didn’t matter. He focused on his core following and didn’t conform to industry standards. THIS IS WHAT MADE HIM STAND OUT!
This can make you stand out too in your own job, projects, ideas, or business. The KEY is not in pleasing everyone!
What can you do differently than anyone that makes you unique?
What value do you bring? (if you can’t think of anything, you will blend in or fade away)
A personal favorite quote of mine from Dylan:
“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and go to bed at night, and in between does what they want to do.” -Bob Dylan
Dylan could have tried to emulate every other popular artist of his time that came before him, but he didn’t. He was able to create a core following of passionate fans that believed in what he was doing. Over time, this following kept growing which lead to his great success.
Are you always trying to please everyone or are you more concerned with pleasing the right people? I hope you chose the second option.
In your road to success, along with focusing on your core following, you will have to overcome the “critics.” Every successful person in the world has overcome criticism as well. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Story time: Back in 1997, Pope Benedict tried stopping Dylan from playing in front of the Pope at the time, John Paul II. He felt his music was unacceptable. Regardless, Dylan rocked the house and the pope at the time, John Paul II, loved it.
WHAT TO TAKE FROM THIS POST
-Be unique (everyone will benefit),
-Focus on your work and real followers (silence the critics). Success will follow.
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