I just read an article written by Steven Pressfield. That's the guy that wrote "The War of Art", "Do The Work", "Turning Pro", and other similar page-turners. Also the guy, by the way, that wrote "The Legend of Bagger Vance". You can find all those books on his website.
The article I read today was called "What's Your Culture". It was how entrepreneurial type people have to create a work ethic. How do you get things done when your not answering to anyone.
You have to learn how to keep promises to yourself. Like I promised myself I would post a drawing a day on this website.
That, my friend, is not easy. I know not many people look at my website. That doesn't matter. I am sure nobody would really miss it if I didn't post a drawing on one day. But I made a promise to myself that I would. So I will.
They may not always be stellar drawings but they do force me to make an effort to draw a picture every single day.
One of the things that makes you a professional is keeping promises to yourself. That's discipline. That's professional.
Here's my drawing for the day. I hope you enjoy.
When I was in High School I was told to read "In Watermelon Sugar". Reading, at the time, was foreign to me. It is not that I couldn't read but I suppose I refused to read. I hated to read. I had the attention span of a gnat. I hadn't cultivated the discipline it takes to see it through.
After what seems like eons and plenty of hard work developing that concentration muscle between my ears I do truly enjoy reading. A couple of years ago, in the little town of Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts, I was strolling down the avenue and I found this fabulous little used book store.
"In Watermelon Sugar" is one of those rambling, fanciful, hard to digest books. I get caught up in this tangent or that tangent and nothing seems to make sense. This book tries to explain a place that doesn't exist which makes it a bit tough. Many times I can do okay with those books. I love the ramblings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
I've been thinking a lot about that book (too much) and it inspired me to make a little iPad painting of a lovely juicy sweet watermelon. I've just taken my first bite and I'm well on my way to conquering this little mountain - and I hope it tastes good.