What I learned from Seth Godin and why I plan to blog more.

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I have a soft spot for Seth Godin. Years ago I sent him an email asking permission to print and sell a handmade lettering print with one of his quotes. He responded with a resounding yes and wished me luck.

I recently watched this video of Chase Jarvis interviewing Seth Godin.

Coming across this interview was so refreshing. I have my concerns with the education system (that may be an understatement), having had one child failed by it and then having spoken to so many people with similar experiences. We are doing our kids a disservice and literally can not understand how it is continually written about wondering why kids are stressed these days. Of course they are stressed - have you not seen what school does to them? I have noticed there are a lot more “alternative” schools opening up but there is still a long way to go. As I find my blogging voice I plan to write more on this.

Discussed in this interview was art, business, and education and life in general. I loved how straight forward he was, there was no sugarcoating.

So, things that struck home to me during this interview

“Genius is an ancient term fo the voice in our head that is capable of doing something for the first time.” The challenge is to let the genius out.

Stop taking notes - instead be present. (eeeeek this is a big one for me)

Now we live in this world where you don’t need to be picked. ( referencing the internet where anyone can have a voice)

Dig deeper into what really matters.

Build art that people want to share.

Anything worth doing is worth doing because we changed someone else and if we don’t make a change happen what do we do?

Have the intention - this is the change I am trying to make.

As you mature sitting with something becomes easier and diving into the next best thing is a form of hiding.

The command and control model of school is stupid.

We don’t have a content problem - we have a hearing problem.

Straight A isn’t the point ...interesting is the point.

What problem have you solved that has never been solved before? Until you do that you can’t do your homework.

As parents we are too gutless to say to kids - do what you are passionate about. (I’m proud of myself for not being this parent.)

Where are you being generous?

I strongly urge people to have a blog. If you blog every day you blog a point of view for two weeks your brain will act differently.

So here I am starting to blog waayyyy more frequently due to watching this.

If any of this is remotely interesting to you or peaks your interest I can highly recommend you have a watch.

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MY MISSION IN LIFE

I have only been painting for a couple of years ( I’ll tell you the story of how and why I started another time) and it’s taken me a long time to work out what the point is of me painting, especially abstracts. I have definitely had the imposter syndrome pervade my thoughts. What is the point of me sharing my work, why do I believe in it so much.

Understanding my life values has been imperative in helping this sink in.

I place massive value on creativity - not just in art, but in life. How can I be more creative, how can I think creatively, how can I solve problems? (I love lateral thinking puzzles) .

I also think this is why I am so disconcerted with the education system. (also, more on that later). Not only how it is so restrictive, narrow minded and stressing our children, but also what are our children NOT EXPERIENCING by being churned through school. They have SO MUCH POTENTIAL. I get really excited when I hear about a school that thinks outside the box and goes down the more “alternative” route. (they shouldn’t be considered alternative more like “more humane”).

I would also like to make a difference in peoples lives and the world we live in. (oh wow, now i’m crying because that hit a nerve).

How do I think I can make a difference?

Create art - all types of art. Beautiful art, ugly art, serious art, fun art.

Raise awareness around how we raise our children and the education system.

Raise awareness around beliefs and conditioning and guiding you to be empowered to overcome your past to create a better life for yourself and your family.

How can I do that?

Firstly I need to continue on my own path of healing and empowerment. The more I develop as a person the more I learn. The more I get back into my body the more intuitive I become. The closer I get to being my authentic self, the more I can impact others to do the same.

I have also worked out that the more I talk about all this the better I will get about talking about all of this. I don’t need to have everything figured out to start.

And I will say, that is the message in painting - you don’t need to have it figured out. Just start.

STEPPING STONES 1,2,3

STEPPING STONES 1,2,3

CREATE UGLY ART!

CREATE UGLY ART!

I love guiding people on a journey of self discovery and empowerment. If you are ready to go on this journey to living an authentic fulfilling life CLICK HERE to

learn more about my ART THERAPY SERVICES

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