The Artist in You

On February 12, 2015

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; 
a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; 
but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."
-Louis Nizer

I know there is an artist in you.

Perhaps, you show it in your work, or perhaps, you hide it. I don't know. But what I do know is you will enjoy your work more, if you listen to the artist in you and let it guide you in everything you do.

As kids, we are not afraid to show our artistic side. We write the way we want, we draw the way we want, and we play the way we want. But as we grow up, we let this artist in us shrink further and further each day, until we remove every trace of it from our lives.

Why do we do this? Not on purpose, of course. But because we know no better.

The artist in us dies a slow death because of our own fears. We fear criticism, we fear failure, we fear getting laughed at, or we fear our art is useless.

And every fear we have keeps expanding as we grow up, and if we do not actively pursue to keep our inner artist alive, then all these fears overpower our artistic side and defeat it; sometimes, permanently.

But the good news is, no matter what stage of life you are in, you can always recover your artistic side.

And to do that, all you need to do is feed this artist in you, every day. You can feed your artist for thirty minutes or for a couple of hours every day. So, if your artist likes to write then write every day, if it likes to paint then paint every day, if it likes to meditate then meditate every day.

The point is to let your artist do what it loves to do, at least once in a day.

Try this for a few weeks, and see if it doesn't add more meaning to your life. If you practice your art every day, you will soon find that you become creative in other fields too. When you enjoy doing one thing, a part of that enjoyment also flows with you in other things you do.

Feed this artist every day, and allow it to expand into other parts of your life. If possible, try to make it a part of everything you do.

If you have trouble finding your artistic side, ask yourself:
- What would you want to do if there was no one looking around at your work?
- What would you make if you had no fear of failure, rejection, or criticism?

The answers may reveal what the artist in you yearns to do.

And when you start living each day in sync with this inner artist, then you will see it working its magic in whatever you do. For example, it's the artist in a designer that tells him to tweak the logo a bit more; it's the artist in a programmer that tells him to optimize the code and make it run smoother; it's the artist in a writer that tells him to select one word and discard another.

No matter what profession you are in, you can further improve the quality of your work and make it amazingly beautiful, if you let your inner artist guide you.

When you doubt what color to choose for a button, let the inner artist show you. When you doubt which features to include in your app, let the inner artist help you. When you can't find new ideas to write about, let this inner artist tell you.

No matter what doubts you have, the inner artist will always help you to make the right choice.

Throw away your fears. Ignore those who doubt you. The artist in you doesn't owe a trifle to anyone.

Unleash your artistic side, and let the world see the beautiful works of art that only you could have made.

Thank you for reading this article.

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