1. Keith, Thanks for yet another wonderful post! We share a similar proclivity for music. Something in music and lyrics connected with me, at a very young age. I have music memories going back to the age of 5 and 6, but I really got into collecting, when I was 9 years old. It’s guided me and brought me through some very dark hours. And it’s helped me to celebrate my transformations and the Life I’ve created and manifested, as well. My personal ‘peeps’ have influenced me the most; my friends and loved ones, both here and beyond. I’m inspired by my husband, Steven, and by you and Jon.

    Hmmm…do I see myself as an artist? I’m unsure. I know I am a creator and manifest-er. I’ve created and manifested an incredible Life for myself. I think I would feel that I was ‘an artist’ when more people find and connect with me through I’ll have to say, I have followers in Africa, Switzerland and New Zealand and that feels pretty Wonderful and Wonder-filled, too.

    I’m bummed, though. All these years, and here I thought Joni and Bob were both singing to only me. (Thanks for sharing Diane Zeigler with us.) Connie

    • Thanks Connie,
      I love Seth’s definition of an artist: if someone is changed by the work, that is art. And your writing definitely fits the bill!
      But it’s all semantics, really: creator, manifester — kind of all the same thing, right? What’s important, I think, is that us entrepreneurs feel the difference between mere work and work that changes people. Calling that “art” is one way to put an exclamation point on that difference.
      And Bob and Joni were indeed singing to you, just different songs than they were singing to me. . .

  2. It took a long time to “see” myself as an artist. Taking art classes didn’t help. In fact, they often made me feel like less of an artist. Fortunately, professionally, I entered the workforce at the same time desktop publishing became possible with a Mac and PageMaker. So over time, I was able to use a computer to create art that was better than I could ever do by hand. Then I got bold enough to call myself a “graphic artist.” Or “Web designer.”

    Now I feel I am an artist. Book publishing involves a lot of creativity, which is why I like it.

    As for music, I’m gonna show my age here, but when I’m down, I listen to ELO, particularly Hold On Tight:

    Hold on tight to your dream
    Hold on tight to your dream
    When you see your ship go sailing
    When you feel your heart is breaking
    Hold on tight to your dream.

    It’s a long time to be gone
    Time just rolls on and on
    When you need a shoulder to cry on
    When you get so sick of trying
    Just hold tight to your dream

    When you get so down that you can’t get up
    And you want so much but you’re all out of luck
    When you’re so downhearted and misunderstood
    Just over and over and over you could

    When I play that song at extremely high volume, it’s impossible for me NOT to feel better and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing 😉

    • Hi Susan, You help people realize their voice through publishing their words — in Seth Godin’s worldview (and any other), you’re an artist! What’s even cooler, your work *creates* artists by helping those folks get in touch with others who can connect with their words.
      And ELO! Production like that *requires* volume. Jeff Lynne is one of the most under-appreciated artists from the most under-rated musical decade.
      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oooh, as always I like the way you think. Good point. And what a great way to phrase it.

    Gotta love Jeff Lynne. To be fair, I didn’t actually listen to ELO when they were popular. I sort of discovered them later, thanks to a 70s-music-loving spouse. At this point, we have pretty much ALL their albums I think. And now I even like the obscure ones 😉

  4. I’ve always LOVED creating! My passion is changing lives: giving patients back their health or giving them a life of health to a degree they have never experienced before.

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