On “staying small” as an artist

27 Jan, 2017 | Career, The Inner Library, The Purpose Library

I may lose a few friends over this. 
There’s a certain type of creative or artist that we all know. 
They’re the ones who do their art for the pure love of making others happy or making an impact. 
But amongst that group you have a large amount of artists who despise anything commercial, always go against the grain, are anti government, anti this, anti that. 
 
And within that group, you have a cliché group that receives respect for the honourable act of playing small. 
 
“No,” they say, “I don’t want to have a large following or audience. That’s not for me.”
 
And then a lot of them will say, “oh but I COULD if I wanted to… but I don’t want to. I just want to make my art and make people happy.”
 
But let me flip the script for you a little bit, just enough to piss some of you off. 

 
Because under this faux bravado often lies a whole lotta fear. 
Fear of failure. 
Fear of success. 
Fear of owning one’s self worth. 
Fear of the heights one might need to climb and fall from, when one decides, HEY, I DO deserve this. 
 
At the end of the day, we often say we don’t really want a big audience – because we don’t think we are worthy of one. We don’t even think it’s possible, even when our ego pops out and claims that we really could if we wanted to. 
 
Because it’s so much easier to stick in one’s comfort zone, isn’t it?
 
It’s so much easier to say “I just want to make 10/100/500 people happy” than to strive outside your comfort zone and make THOUSANDS happy. 
 
Have you ever considered that your refusal to get out of your own way is pure and utter selfishness? 
Madness, too. 
 
Because it makes no sense to say you want to make people happy, but then put a cap on the number of people whose lives you could be changing. 
 
There could be someone out there literally dying to get connected with art like yours. You could have changed lives far away. 
 
But no. Fuck the man, right?
 
Your fear of facing a bigger journey is MUCH more important than making more people happy.
 
And those who seem to be allergic to making money are just as bad. 
 
We all have money mindset issues at some point in our lives. And that’s ok. But the artists who sit there and say they don’t want more, are completely unaware of how silly they sound when they claim to want to make an impact on the world. 
 
So the next time, if you’re an artist, and you feel the need to show off how you prefer to stay small but ALSO, “I really just want to make people happy and inspire others”, try to reword your statement to the following truths:
 
“I would rather stay small and impact a few lives than strive for more and change many.”
 
And if you speak about how you want to change the world but you don’t believe in doing more to get more money, then here’s a nice one for ya:
 
“Oh hey, sorry, if I’d applied myself and embraced my actual worth, I could’ve probably influenced masses of people positively. But honestly, I just wanna make just enough money for myself. Lol”
 
So you could metaphorically be the person who gives change to homeless people once every few weeks and then spends their evenings drinking away their shadows, 
or you could work through those shadows and end up building homeless shelters.
 
Your choice. That simple. 
 
So tell me again how you prefer to stay small with your art – but your life purpose is to change things for people – and I’ll remind you how you’ve chosen your comfort zone over the unknown realm of potential massive impact. 
 
Sorry, not sorry at all. 
Because a lot of you are worth more than you allow yourselves to be.

And if you need help re-aligning yourself, drop me a message.

 

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