Listening to NPR at the workbench the other day, I caught portions of a discussion regarding natural athletic talent versus talent gained by hard work, and the success rate of each. The premise is that anyone with the desire to work hard for a very long time can achieve great success at anything they put their minds to, even if their natural abilities do not seem to match up.
To me, success is a ride. Select the destination and pay the ticket price. Travel on the train of doing what you love, be the â€œconductorâ€ of it, and have that produce income along the way. I like the notion of being successful NOW. Thatâ€™s why I went ahead and wrote â€œSuccessful Indy Artist Awarded Indiana Arts Commission Grantâ€ as the title for this post. So, what the heck, Iâ€™ve decided to create my own success and the details of the journey are simply train-stops to be added to the itinerary.
Next stop? Grant News! Many of you followed my previous newsletter and blog post, as I wondered if I would get the Indiana Arts Commission grant. The grant announcement had been delayed due to State budget reasons. The workshop I was to take got canceled. But in the end, I got the grant â€“ Woohoo!
Once the grant was officially awarded, I needed to find a replacement workshop that would be just the right thing: the right time, price, and content that would apply to my goal of learning more about small scale sculpture fabrication. I found it! A five-day Winter Workshop sponsored by the Florida Society of Goldsmiths that includes three days of hammering technique and two days of working with bi-metals (two metals laminated together). In January â€“ perfect, because it will not hurt my selling season or teaching schedule. Location? Daytona Beach, Florida. Deserving to go to Daytona Beach, Florida, in January? Oh, now, that is definitely something I had to come to terms with. Worthiness. But thatâ€™s a whole other blog postâ€¦
What is your definition of success? talent? Do you just â€œhave itâ€ or donâ€™t you? Iâ€™d love to know what you think, so please post a comment and let me know.