Joseph Beuys famously said “Everyone is an artist,” referring to his belief in a universal human creativity and the power of art to bring about revolutionary change.
Lately, many thinkers have been using the word “artist” to describe someone who acts as a force of change – who does something different to shake up the status quo and make us look at life and work in new ways. Read Seth Godin’s definition of art. Read his book Linchpin to see how he uses “artist.”
Godin is so influential (I am a huge fan and follower) that many, many people have adopted his definitions of art and artist.
Deep Thought Thursday
Here’s the problem: If everyone is an artist, where does that leave you? What do you call yourself?
How does what you do differ from the “artist” who discovers the cure for an epidemic or the “artist” who maneuvers a brilliant business takeover?