The Psychology of the Artist……

(or how to most efficiently shoot one’s self in the foot)

By on 7-21-2005 in Music Lecture & Seminar Topics

by Gary Powell

Gary Powell Quote
Culture, politics, belief systems, family and psychology are all having their way with us as artists. Untangling all of it as a young person is nearly impossible. Most of us think we are in control of our self-aggrandized destiny, especially when so many others agree with us. Little do we know the depth of personal deception we live under. No matter one’s age, it’s time to see the glass as both half-empty and half-full! How to Most Efficiently Shoot
It’s time to make a plan! In fact, you are going to need two plans: a business plan and a philosophical plan. If your philosophical plan is EGOCENTRIC, in other words, if the rest of the world revolves around you, it’s time to change THAT before that same world grabs you by the neck, slams you on the deck, then drops a rather large piece of reality on your head!

One's Self in the FootUnfortunately, when one’s philosophical plan is egocentric, by default, so will be the business plan. Nothing will effect your efficacy as an artist or business person more than what is already between your ears right now. Education cannot supercede it. Willpower cannot subdue it. And LUCK, better described as what you unconsciously attract to yourself,

WILL ONLY MAKE IT WORSE! Gary Powell Quote#2
And guess what?
The glass is not even in your hands!

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One Comment

  1. Psychologically speaking, I think your assessment of the Artist is brilliantly expressed and speaks volumes about the importance of self understanding. Integrating “new templates” is crucial in developing and working at your highest potential in the area of being a human being. Thank you for sharing the wisdom so openly and honestly – AP

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