Do you find it difficult to keep working towards your artist dream? Do you want to make money selling art but you feel like you will never get to that point? In this post, I am going to share a story about a man who never gave up on his dreams.
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Artist Dream Keep the Flame Burning
When you are running a business, and yes selling art is a business you will realize that there are layers of emotions that are involved.
There will be days that you are dancing and singing.
There will be days you are sitting scratching your head wondering what you should do next.
Some days you might even find yourself asking, “Why am I doing this?“
This is the life of entrepreneurs.
How do entrepreneurs keep the flame burning and not burn out
Successful entrepreneurs are self-motivated, disciplined, and focused.
Their main objective is to reach their goal.
They wake up every morning with their goals on their mind. They already know what needs to be done that day to get them one step closer to their destination.
Every night before bed they analyze the outcome of the day. If you put it in perspective, they are already living their dreams. They might not be at the finish line, but they are living their dream every day.
When a plan fails they do not consider that as failing. Instead, they consider it a learning experience that will strengthen them.
The Will to Keep Going
There was a young man who did not have much growing up. He had a dream that someday he would become a famous cartoon artist. His passion and drive had him work on his drawing skills from morning until night when he was taking art classes. It was said that he was the first in the classroom and the last to leave.
He was so driven that he started his own animation company. Although he was able to make a deal with a distribution company, he didn’t see revenue for up to six months. This caused him to shut down his company finding it hard to even scratch up some money for food.
That failure didn’t stop his dream. Five long years went by before he created his next successful cartoon called Oswald the Rabbit. The distributor that he was working with on this project took ownership of his creation and hired artists’ right from underneath him. Another hurdle this young man had to overcome to fulfill his dream. Many people would have hung up the towel by this point. Instead of quitting he became more assertive and more driven.
A year went by and he created another cartoon character that he had high hopes for. He was told that it would never work. It took him 16 years before he caught his big break.
He is the creator of the first full-length animated movie and was an overnight success with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
16 years of failures before he reached his goal. But that was just the beginning. Once he achieved that goal he already started working on new goals that would bring him for more ups and downs.
Walt Disney is a true American Entrepreneur.
The cartoon character that was rejected is known as Mickey Mouse.
What kept the fire burning for Walt during his journey to his success?
“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” ~ Walt Disney
Dreams Do Come True
I believe it was the fact that he believed in his dream. He lived his artistic dream every day.
Walt is proof that dreams do come true. He did not start out with a lot of money. His wealth was his dream, and his belief in his dream.
If you read more about his biography you will learn that his journey was not an easy one. You will also learn that if you believe in your dreams and live your dreams, you too can reach your goals.
Write down your goals (dreams), believe in your artist’s dream, make a plan, and get to work. That is the first step towards achieving your goals.
If you have a dream, live for it, work for it, and believe in yourself. The only person that can stop you is yourself.
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