‘Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.’JIM ROHN
Whilst technical skills are essential in any field, an overlooked aspect of any career, including art, is just how much you have to grow as a person.
Successful creatives have to develop themselves, an attitude and philosophy towards life—the where, when and how to use the skills you have learned.
Gaining confidence, dealing with other people, the willingness to make a mistake, balancing different commitments, facing failure and promoting your work are just some of the many non-technical skills we have to develop to become successful in our work, not least our lives in general.
To succeed, we have to develop ourselves; we are also a work in progress just as much as the art.
Part of it includes finding what matters to us, what we want to say, our voice, and how to say it, our style.
Personal Growth is not easy. It might be the most challenging part of career success.
It requires introspection and experimenting as you look for what you enjoy and what you don’t. Addressing your hangups, neuroses, and shortcomings means having to look at yourself and seeing something you might not like the look of.
It means facing fear, and dealing with doubts, going out of our comfort zones. None of which is ever easy in any walk of life.
It also means letting go of fears and baggage even when we are afraid to do so. Old habits, limiting beliefs and so on, even when we think they define who we are. We tend to underestimate our capabilities and overestimate the obstacles.
Such self-knowledge gives confidence, direction and purpose.
We all want to live honestly and authentically; to do that, we all need to grow as a person, find out what matters to us, deal with our hangups and keep producing work, all in the face of the fears and doubts about ourselves our work.
Personal development, or self-improvement, is perhaps the most significant side of any career, especially the creative fields like art. But whatever happens, you will have a story to tell. It’s those who know little about themselves who have nothing to say.