“self-delusion and self-loathing…”

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16/09/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

Here’s another pearler from Seth Godin’s blog (see excerpt below). May I never be one or the other! I guess – for me – I have to figure out exactly what I am doing this project for (long-term) and then make sure I have my ego, abilities and expectations firmly under control…with a few doses of reality-check thrown in along the way.

At the very basic level I want to paint. To fulfil my inner desire to be creative and to have a tangible outward expression of that creativity.

One level up, I want to paint with a purpose. There is no point in having a whole lot of paintings tucked away in a cupboard that no-one can see or appreciate. That is a profound waste of time and money.

Moving one more rung up the ladder of intention, I want to paint to make a difference in the lives of others. To be a change-agent and an encourager.

Finally, at the tippy top I would like to monetise my skill. If I could ever “make a living from art” I would have proved the doubting naysayers wrong (from my teenage years), funded my hobby and created a new income stream. All the time trying to be “remarkable” (as Seth Godin puts it) in the process!

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[Seth Godin, September 2010] Self-delusion and self-loathing. Two shores of the same river, either can get you into a lot of trouble.

Self-delusion is lying to yourself about how good you are. You might think you’re a world class designer or actor or chef or administrator or problem solver, but you might be merely well-intentioned, hard-working and pretty good. Which is fine, but pretty good is hardly remarkable. Telling yourself the truth about what you’ve got to market is the first step to marketing with success.

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Self-loathing is lying to yourself about how bad you are. You might think you’ve got nothing to add, that you’re a lame designer or actor or chef or administrator or problem solver, but you probably have the potential to be great. Awe-inspiringly great …if you’re willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and stop undercutting yourself. Supporting yourself with the truth about what you could market is the second step to marketing with success.

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