My life is full of “my faults,” because I chose passion over industry.
I’m reading a great book (link at the bottom) designed to help a person stay focused on their dream inside the realities of keeping your day job. The quote above hit me hard today. It was introduced around the concept of defining for yourself, what “success” means. You must define what is “enough.” This speaks to me greatly, for years I’ve been astounded and disgusted by the top business people of the world that serve nothing but themselves, only improving upon their net worth. I don’t understand what drives them, the greed is disturbing. I would always say “okay so you’re worth a couple of hundred million now, or billion, or even a few hundred billion, isn’t it time to stop? Isn’t there something more meaningful you want to do and can now do because you have zero fear of failure?”
Ken Bradshaw made that choice for himself, he holds the record for the largest wave ever surfed, but he’s not the most financially successful surfer. He’s not a “Michael Jordan” type of athlete who makes thousands of dollars a second from endorsements, but he could have. And you know what? Ken Bradshaw is rich and happy and is slave to nothing, not even his own success. His life is “his fault.”
That wave he surfed was 85 feet tall. Next time you’re looking up and the 8th or 9th story of a building, think about that for a second or two.
So I’m not there yet, I’m working towards it, I plan on being a self sustaining artist one day, one day soon actually. Being rich would be nice, being recognized would be better, being FREE will be BEST. And that’s my goal, to live and breathe art, my art, without slavery to a paycheck. Not that there aren’t jobs out there that would let me feel all this freedom and still provide me with income, it’s called a “dream job” not “the perfect job” for a reason. And if I may think aloud for a second, I might even say that I would prefer a dream job over complete freelance freedom. That dream job would provide a context, a structure and a responsibility to other people working on a creative goal. I LOVE THAT, it means more to me than working alone. I’ve been the only creative person in my place of employment since 1998. I need to be around others like me now; the isolation is getting to me.