Art must be shared. No one can learn and grow in any artistic work without putting the artwork out for the world to enjoy.
Dance, paint, built, design, invent, display, show, explain, imagine, perform—whatever your sector, make your work known. Flowers and blossoms don’t grow on trees and plants to keep bees and nature enthusiasts away. The fruits of the blossoms, just the same, were meant to be shared and enjoyed.
When the world gives feedback on your work, accept it. You will certainly need to improve somewhere, somehow. But, if you never share, you’ll never know—none will. · · · →
Facing a flood of confrontation is no easy task. It’s not a normal task either.
Staring down a sea of opponents trying to boil your hide would be enough to paralyze most ordinary people and deserves a number among experience-enhanced skills. It takes know-how. It takes guts, wits, and spine.
If you’ve never dealt with a plurality of daily adversity, you won’t know how to handle the unwritten quarter of the job description for executive leadership. This is why many “professional” executives fail—they only have experience in the written job description. Once conflict starts, all written strategies are irrelevant. · · · →
He may be your enemy. He may be your ally. You may have one of each—or thousands. Whomever the other guy may be, remember that you’re both terrified to face the fight.
Stand your ground. Don’t fear the enemy as much as he wants you to. If he is overconfident then he’s more likely to lose. Your allies need you just the same. Be there for them. Be reliable. Be dependable. Be where you need to be in order to help your friends. Don’t move; stay where you’ll win. · · · →
Some doors only open when you push on them. It can be rude to ask for a free gift, but some things require request. Know the difference.
When it is time to knock on the door, knock gently and kindly. Wait until answered. Knock again if no one hears. If no one is home, go away and come back to knock again another day.
Shut doors open with two keys: patience and charm. You have to keep knocking, but you must also smile while you wait. You never know who may be inside looking out, deciding before giving an answer. · · · →