Today’s the day for the luck ‘o the Irish. All things green. Tiny leprechauns in cereal boxes. All that good stuff.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As far as I know, I have little to no Irish blood. English. Norwegian. Croatian. And only the tiniest drop of Cherokee. As I am so fond of the color green, I always make sure I’m wearing it on St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s about the extent of my celebration. A green sweater. In college, it was green beer and even green eggs and ham. When I worked in the U.S. Senate, the Senators from New York always sent us a green bagel or two on the 17th (yuk!).
Even with all of this green around me, I never have the Irish spirit. It just isn’t in me.
Nor do I feel particularly lucky. I might say “I’m so lucky” from time to time, but what I really mean is that I’m grateful for the things in my life. I’ve worked hard for them. The only thing I can feel lucky about is that I was born to two parents who were loving and nurtured my individuality. That, I had nothing to do with.
Luck has little to do with your art career. You might think you’re lucky to be in the right place at the right time or to meet the right person, but you put yourself in that position. Don’t belittle your accomplishments by saying you’re lucky.
Don’t wait for luck to rain down on you. Instead, practice the following.
Know what you want. Don’t let anyone else tell you what they think is best for you.
Work hard. Many pursue an art career because of their passion for art. But maintaining a career–being self-employed–is incredibly hard work. Make sure you are prepared for this.
Take yourself seriously. No one else will treat you as a professional artist until you do.
Challenge yourself. If it’s easy, it’s probably not worth pursuing.
Be grateful for all you have. You won’t get more until you appreciate your current abundance.
Be persistent. Fall down, get back up, and know that the universe wants you to succeed. I do, too.