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Getting Zen about It All

Posted by John Wilson, Nov 25 2010, 09:35 AM

I know it's been a while since I've blogged but it all goes back to the interesting times I talked about so long ago, and in all honesty, I'm really bored with my own life.

This blog was almost called "Get Angry". I had this whole treatise about how anger denotes passion and you need passion to achieve the work you want to achieve and to get anywhere in your career. But that's Bullshit.

The truth you need to get zen about everything. You are going to get screwed over by people. You cannot control the commitment, enthusiasm or output of your collaborators. You can't make an editor like your stuff, you can't make the printer run faster and you can't make the customers buy yor stuff.

People sense desperation and most people don't respond well to the hard sell. But if you express a feeling of calm confidence, if you present yourself in a way that shows pride in your work but not desperation...if you get zen about it all, then everything will just fall into place.

Or at least that's what I keep telling myself.



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To pay the bills and have my summers off, I am a high school Visual Arts teacher but I see myself primarily as an artist. Pen and ink mostly, but I dabble with the paint. Creativity is a driving force in my life. I get bored fast, so keep the conversation moving and I'm with you all the way. Get quiet on me and you might catch me multi-tasking you right out of my life.

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