The more I’m into personal development and coaching the more I seem to be lost in finding myself. Through my work as a coach, I discovered that I am a high performer. At least now I know that I’m not alone. I used to feel alone in the world.

I am still not clear on how this could be reconciled with my work as an artist in my former career.

It puzzles me.

The one thing an artist doesn’t want to do is compete. Or does he? The artist doesn't and we have to be honest, actually, you can’t judge art. And here lies the duality.

People do.

To make a living off your art, you need to be competitive unless you like the cliché of the artist living under a bridge.

The funny thing is, that the cliché is often true. Most artists can’t support themselves with their art. They are proud of the fact they keep true to their art. Or pretend that they are.

This is what I have learned.

It’s all BS.

Every artist longs to be loved. They long for people to love their work. It is a deep desire that is concealed by telling themselves they make it for themselves. They die of bad criticism because they consider their art to be their child.

That means that if you want to make a living out of your art, you’ll have to put yourself out there and use the ugly word marketing or whatever you want to call it.

Look at it any other way you want, but if you don’t bring your art in front of people you won’t sell anything.

Bringing out your art means it will be criticised. Do you get it?

Talented artists do their work effortless. People wow them for it.

How does that fit in with my coaching business? I have an honest aim. That is helping people. Most of all those who experience the same doubt and problems as me. My coaching goes effortless. I know what’s going on with people within the first 5 minutes.

I admit it sounds like some kind of magic, but it is true.

I look through the BS like a hot sharp knife goes through butter. That’s why I need to put myself out there and that is a struggle.

But it is necessary if I want to help.

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