Get Your ARTitude On!
In my last post I talked about the lessons I’ve learned by starting my journey as an entrepreneur. I also asked for your support in my scholarship video application to Marie Forleo’s B-school. I had no idea what to expect. It was scary and exciting all at the same time. Well, some of those lessons have paid off with my winning a spot in this year’s course! Thanks goes out to everyone!
Three years ago I would never have had the guts to make a scholarship video entry… I was cowed into believing that it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Let me tell you from experience this is at totally wrong headed way to live. If you believe that you aren’t worth the effort, then you’ll continue to be stuck in the mire of self-effacing and going nowhere fast. All it takes is a true belief that what you are doing is worth everything. The truth of it is, if you don’t believe it, no one else will.
My journey over the last couple of years has cemented my confidence in myself and although still nervous about taking a chance, the hesitation is mere moments instead of days, months or years. Sometimes you just have to raise your hand when opportunity comes a-knock’n. Sure you’ll make mistakes but you’ll learn from those too.
Because of my learned confidence and my willingness to step out of my comfort zone I have won a scholarship to Marie Forleo’s B-School. I felt like a fool video taping myself. One of my biggest barriers was that several years ago, during my husband’s first deployment to Iraq, I tried creating an artist video blog. I am embarrassed to look back and see just how bad they really were. I had no idea what I was doing and after about four weeks of spending days on each project and discovering that I wasn’t at all pleased with the crazy things. I pulled them from the web and put aside my dreams of video blogging and in the process convinced myself that maybe I only had a face for radio or even better than that writing.
As I look back, this was an important stumble because I began to concentrate on developing my writing, social media and concept skills. These helped me grow my confidence and led me down the path toward ArtPrintExpress.com. You never know where the opportunities are going to lead you or what learned skills that you might discover that you have to use again, like video editing software.
I wish to thank everyone who shared and watched my scholarship video, taking the time to notice and support me raising my hand to grasp the opportunity offered by Marie Forleo and her Rich, Happy and Hot B-School. Anticipate seeing great things for ArtPrintExpress.com and the artists represented. I won’t promise that you will see any video blogging from me, but then again I can say that it is not out of the realm of possibilities anymore. And always remember that sometimes you just have to raise your hand when you see an opportunity speeding past and doing something outside your comfort zone will often have an unexpected payoff!
In closing, as always, I would like to invite you to explore the excellent artwork by Kansas artists offered on ArtPrintExpress.com. These artist have also believed in the vision I have for them and the site.