Um, who qualified me to do what I’m doing? Artist, jewelry designer, fabricator, metalsmith–all describe me? You’re joking, right?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as I try to grow my business which inherently includes taking risks and stepping out of the comfort zone. When I dream big AG Ambroult dreams that voice always starts in with all kinds of doubt and mockery. But honestly? I don’t really care. Truth is, that voice is usually right.
above image from gotopublicschool.com
Yes, It’s true, I have no idea how to do that. I have no clue what steps need to be taken to get there. I haven’t the foggiest notion where I need to go for those those. I don’t even know that technique yet. I need a what for that? I overpaid my taxes by how much?
I’m clueless, and I’m not even gonna try to hide it.
In an interview with artist Lisa Congdon (via Dana) this statement really struck me: “This all happened so fast, I don’t know what I’m doing, and I have no legitimacy…I had a lot of self-doubt about who I was and how I could identify myself as part of the art world.” And yet, there’s Lisa, making a very fine living off her illustrations.
Adam Baker, of Man vs. Debt, recently wrote a post about his “lack” of qualifications, which ends with this: “Stop putting off your life until you’re more qualified.” I really believe in that. I always have.
Here’s the great part, though: every day I am more and more qualified, if I just keep moving forward with this endeavor, right? And with the help of all the kind, insightful, and giving people I have met and have yet to meet, I’m going to keep going, and learning. I am completely willing to make a fool of myself here and there if it means I get to where I want to be.
I’m streaking, folks, and it’s not always gonna be pretty. Anybody wanna join me?