Starting with the “why…”

January 6th, 2011

Louie also finds the Internet such a great source of inspiration sometimes!

So I’m getting back into painting in a big way after (finally) my studio renovations are done, the holidays are over, and well — it’s what I want to do more than anything else. It’s more than a job — it’s my passion.

A recent Facebook discussion prompted me to recall a TED video I saw featuring Simon Sinek. He makes so much sense: To be successful in life or business or in your cause, Mr. Sinek says,  you need to know the “why” of what you do. Not the what or the how — which are usually pretty obvious. But to attract followers/customers/patrons — you need to let them understand WHY you do what you do.

He explains it so much better than I can: so click here to see the video. It’s totally worth the 18 minutes. It might even change your life!

It certainly has me thinking about why I paint what I paint. Yes I love animals. But it’s more than that. I find them mesmerizing. I am enthralled by their way of being. They changed my life — in many ways, I would not be an artist living in NH if I hadn’t run into a group of birders in Prospect Park in Brooklyn where I grew up. After seeing my first non-gull/house-sparrow/pigeon with the help of their binoculars — something inside me changed forever. An entirely different world revealed itself to me — a more enchanting, colorful, and hopeful world than the path I had been heading down. I changed everything — my job, my profession, most of my friends, my home, left my family behind — to pursue knowledge of this world. That was twenty years ago and I have never regretted one minute of it.

But is that my why? I don’t think it is, exactly. So I’m trying to explore more of those why’s in my art this year. Step one is clarifying it I guess!

I’ll keep you posted on what I come up with of course.

If you watch the video, let me know what you think — I’d love to hear how it inspires you!

PS: Thanks to Luann Udell who clued me into this gem!

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