Are You Ambitious Enough?

Admit it: you’re ambitious.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to proclaim your ambitions in the comments. But if you read the 99U and use the Behance Network, you’re here because you want to learn, you want to improve your professional skills, you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the creative industries. You want to compare your work with that of your peers and emulate the success of your heroes. You want to succeed.

But it’s not really the done thing to say so, is it?

These days, “ambition” is a dirty word. People who are “ambitious” are viewed as either selfish or unrealistic. (“That sounds a bit ambitious” is code for “you are going to fail.”) Yet it wasn’t always this way. The poet James Fenton points out that 500 years ago in Renaissance Florence, artists had no qualms about admitting their ambitions. Here’s Fenton discussing Giorgio Vasari’s biography of Andrea del Verrocchio:

I take these stories about artists, from Baldinucci and Vasari, because they date from a period when it appears that one could acknowledge straightforwardly motives of which we would today be obscurely ashamed. Verocchio observes that there is much to be gained in the field of sculpture, so he becomes a sculptor, and when he feels he has won the honour that is going, he turns to painting with the same motive, but when he sees his way blocked by Leonardo he turns back to sculpture again.–The Strength of Poetry by James Fenton

In Renaissance Florence, there was no shame in seeking glory as an artist – only glory. Even if you failed, it was still regarded as a noble ambition. Of course, there was an ugly side to this: Fenton says that “the Italy these artists worked in was a place of the most vicious rivalry and backbiting.” But I still think we lost something important when we made a tacit agreement to keep quiet about our ambition. (Of course we didn’t get rid of it.) Because if you don’t acknowledge your ambition – even to yourself – you risk choking it. You risk not only falling short of the best that you could do, but not even attempting it.

We lost something important when we made a tacit agreement to keep quiet about our ambition.

And I don’t think you have to be a Machiavellian monster to realize your ambition. If you’re ambitious purely for yourself – for your fame, status, riches, and place in history – then clearly ambition is going to corrupt you. But if you’re ambitious primarily for your work – for how far you can take it, for what you can achieve, for the impact it can have on others – then I believe it’s still possible to think in terms of a noble ambition.

I remember the day I realized I was ambitious, right down to the very moment. The train was pulling into the platform, the sun flashed from the windows as they rolled past, and it suddenly struck me that I had big ambitions. I wanted to do things on a larger scale, make more of an impression, more of a difference than I had done before.

And once the cat was out of the bag, I was committed – to hard work, to pushing through the wall of fear, to somehow finding a way to make it happen. (This was years before I discovered Web 2.0 and the possibility of reaching a global audience from my laptop, so that last part wasn’t clear at all.) The upside was that once I admitted my ambition, I opened the door to a marvelous adventure – to the fun of creating and connecting with like-minded people, and to delivering outsize results for the effort I put in.

You don’t need to turn into an egomaniac. You don’t need to walk over people or stab them in the back. You don’t need to spend hours admiring yourself in the mirror and polishing your awards. You don’t even need to tell your ambition to another soul. All you need to do is admit it – to yourself – and give yourself permission to pursue it.

And do it soon. It may feel as though we’re going to live forever, but for each of us there’s a window of opportunity that will close if we wait too long. How late are you going to leave it?

You and Your Ambition

Do you agree that we should be more eager to pursue our ambitions?

How can we distinguish between a noble ambition (for the work) and an ignoble (self-centered) one?

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Mark McGuinness

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Mark McGuinness is a poet and creative coach. He is the author of Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success, and the free course for creative professionals, The Creative Pathfinder.
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  • Debaser

    I must say that this is some kind of article. Interesting and well written. Also good study in here. Nice, very nice

  • Kim

    Thanks for the great post!

    I agree with you that ambition has seemed to have turned into a dirty word, though maybe people are ambitious without always realizing it. However, I believe that acknowledging one’s drive and passion to make a change and do things differently (as you did) causes he/she to become re-energized in his/her passions and he or she can see that those ambitions can actually be accomplished!

    I think we can separate noble ambition from ignoble ambition when we look for patterns, and ultimately motive, in said ambition. If the goals set to reach the ambition, and the ambition itself, seems to be concentrated on how much recognition one can receive, then that ambition might not be so noble.
    I believe true noble ambition to be focused on quality of the work, on improving things in the industry so that the industry itself becomes better, and on serving the clients, co-workers, etc. to the best of one’s ability. Noble ambition is focused on being the best that you can be in your work so that you can pass that on to others in many different ways.

    That’s my two cents. :) Thanks again for the post – really gets me thinking!

  • Yesenia

    Great post, particularly given that I’m just starting to give myself that permission to admit my own ambitions, something not often well-regarded for Latinas.

    I was having a conversation with my aunt this weekend about our own mortality where at one point I said, “I’d better get busy.” Her response – “Why? We’re all going to die anyway.” Sad to think that she is in the majority – most people figure there’s no point if we only have a limited time here. My response – “Why not? We only have a limited time here. May as well make the most of it.”

  • stripeyhorse creative

    I believe the biggest question this raises is how humble are we? Everyone has ambitions, its a fact, whether a simple ambition or a big one. I think the difference is how we present our goals to others.

  • Justine Musk

    If ‘ambition’ is a dirty word, then for women it is absolutely filthy. There’s no real narrative or model for an ambitious woman to follow (aside from “marrying up” or social-climbing, which of course is a sign that she’s an evil whore and must be reviled) that doesn’t seriously question her character in some way (ie: she’s too selfish to live).

    A noble ambition is, I think, about the work. About the process. About the contribution. Which gives life such charge and passion and direction.

    I recently came across the term “rage to master”, which (according to the speaker) is what truly ambitious people have, what keeps them persevering through all the years of toil and frustration and cost. If you have it, you know it, and if you don’t have it, congratulations, you get to lead a much more well-rounded life. But I think that emphasis on “master” is key — the road to mastery involves the love and commitment to some kind of process.

    Great post.

  • Dave Benton

    i find it interesting that you say you don’t have to tell anyone else, in Dcott’s book (making ideas happen) and even more notably Kanye west went on record saying tell people about your ambitions and goals to hold yourself accountable the more people you tell the more hands are there to help and the more driven you will be not to fail.

  • Mark McGuinness

    Thanks everyone, glad it struck a chord.

    @Yesenia – Yes, we can look at mortality as a reason for lethargy or urgency. I know which I prefer.

    @Stripeyhorse – I don’t think there’s a contradiction between humility and the kind of ambition I’m describing. The most inspiring leaders are often the most humble.

    @Justine – I hadn’t thought about it in relation to women specifically, but sadly I think you’re right. Interesting that there isn’t a female equivalent of ‘mastery’ in English. How about ‘Misstery’? ;-)

    @Dave – Yes, telling others is a great way to commit and hold yourself accountable. In my article, I was thinking of the very first step, which is about acknowledging the ambition to yourself. Sometimes it can take a bit of getting used to the idea before you’re ready to ‘go public’.

  • Dennis Salvatier

    I think a noble ambition is one that serves not only you, but those who can help you. If you take on a servants heart to achieve your goals you can never fail. At that point it’s just a matter of who you serve to reach your goals.

  • theaxx

    hmmmm… I DO agree. Without goals, ambition and a furious drive, some of the greatest things, ideas, inventions would have never been created. The wright brothers had ambition to fly, bill gates to build personal computers, obama to be president… and so the list goes on.

    Sometime I think if we’re deeply involved in our own story it’s difficult to tell if our own ambitions are purely selfish ones or if they are of nobler purpose. In this case, I say follow a little motto I have… “Do the best you can in the time available, as long as you’re not hurting someone along the way”. If you stick to this, then you will produce innovate and exciting work to the benefit, rather than detriment of others!

    Ambition is what drives us forward to do better.
    And better, is, well, better… isn’t it?

    :)

    Anthea
    (Spoonful zine)

  • Grace Oris

    I still remember when I was in fifth grade my teacher said “it is not good to be ambitious.” I figured she viewed ambition as negative (ignoble) and didn’t consider that one can also be nobly ambitious. Because without ambition, how does one expect to get anywhere? As long as pursuing your ambition does not involve hurting or putting down other people, it’s a good thing.

    And I agree that you don’t have to tell everyone about it. I think I’ll be happier to tell everyone after I have achieved something, “this WAS my ambition.”

  • MariaS

    A really nice article… but I was under the impression that society in general, particulary the American one, is all for ambition, driven even to extreme… and that the shark pool was the only way to succes. I was under the impression that just being good wasn’t enough, nor was just focusing on you art. Get web presence, be everywhere, comment to get commented, struggle, shout that you are the best, advertise in all ways possible, learn to use catch phrases, sell yourself.
    (and if you are a woman, being a cheerleader somehow helps – ok, that’s just me being evil)

    Please tell me I’m wrong. Please tell me I watch too many movies.

  • David Price

    if ambition is simply admitting that you sense your own potential, your own talents, and working hard to realize them—what’s the problem? Little seeds of big things need cultivation and the proper environment. Creating an inflated sense of identity is of course a common downfall, and must be nipped in the bud through attention, not only because it incites jealousy in others, but because it diverts you from gifts given to you that you must pass on to the world. The definition of the word “ambition” means to some “self-centered overreach”, while to others operating at a different simpler level of consciousness it means focusing personal creative energies on a big task.

  • AppleOrchard

    In my mind, Ambition, Life’s Focus, One’s Purpose, Raison’d Etre…… in the end, they are all the same thing and they provide us the essential inner energy, inner fire that support out happy contented lives.

    Of course, one can live without ambition, focus or purpose; there was a time in my life, I did not have any of them, and I felt depressed and lost. I felt the days, years, passing meaninglessly.

    Now belatedly, at my mature age, at last I found my purpose of living, or ambition, I feel much happier, when I’m making a conscious effort for it.

    If only I knew this earlier…

    Well. I have to make up the lost time and ”fight” for the rest of my life…

  • AppleOrchard

    ……. so sorry, let me correct my typos in the previous comment; it should have said:

    Ambition……. provides us the essential inner fire that supports OUR happy, contented lives.

    (please pardon me).

  • sifats

    very true..u have to realize and admit that u truly want smthng..in other words to be ready to risk anything to achieve it..to overcome the obstacle of fear&humiliation….vry helpful tips fr sm1 like me who is just clueless abt what to do but rlly want to do smthng…

  • Marcy

    Mark,

    “All you need to do is admit it â?? to yourself â?? and give yourself permission to pursue it.”

    I am giving you a virtual bow.

    This article goes deep and makes you think. I have read it a couple of times and I agree we should be more eager to pursue our ambitions. Why is it hard to admit it to yourself?

    In my opinion, an ambition is a mission. It is an adventure and a fight. A constant struggle to stretch yourself, push through the wall of doubt or naysayers and refuse to allow obstacles to get in the way for a noble ambition. The need to continue to believe, because you know the difference it will make and how many lives it will touch.
    You know it, you feel it and you envision it.

    However, I agree there is a need to question your motives for pursuing an ambition.

    In my mind’s eye, I see a lot of different people and different ages. They appear happier, lighter and less burdened. There is no one person who stands out in the crowd. I am not in the crowd, but as if I looking in from a distance. If I close my eyes now and picture it – I feel satisfied.

    The journey, the pain, the struggle, the hurdles are all worth being satisfied.

    I’m not a poet, but here’s my heart.

    To be Satisfied

    I endured

    I persevered

    I laughed

    Meaning, I had good times

    I cried, a lot

    It felt like I lived

    and, Oh yes, I died

    I Survived

    And my work was good

    I’m Satisfied

    Marcy

  • Theo

    Great article, it mades me think about several thinks…what are we without ambitions ?

  • Teri

    I have always felt a tad afraid of the word ambition… It seems to follow a negative path.
    Reading this was an eye opener. Like anything, ambition as a Machiavellian negative is only one side of the coin..
    Thank you…

  • Christy

    Although I hole-heartedly agree that we need to be more
    ambitious about our ambitions, I find that this my love of this article
    doesn’t get me beyond the ever begging issue that nothing we do is
    in absent of Self-centeredness. Even if it is the cause that I have the ambitions for, it is still I that want to love it forward and potentially it is my ambitions. But I still struggle with it being me that is ambitious for the cause

  • Eric Jackson

    I’m constantly pushing myself to improve as a designer, a photographer, editor…but I find that it’s necessary to take time away from all of this because it becomes too much. I feel like I’m carrying some of the weight of the world on my shoulders. There are only 24 hours in a day. I want to keep my dreams big, shoot for the stars, but I don’t want to let my ambition consume my life. So I’m trying to learn when I should push through being tired because I need to get things done…and when to give myself time off before my body shuts down anyway.

  • Deirdre Morrison

    I agree with Mark that ambition is a word we have a love-hate relationship with. The ‘greed is good’ mantra with which it is synonymous is still to fresh in many memories, and anyone with half a heart or a conscience doesn’t want to be that parasite.
    However, there’s something even less attractive that I feel more at home with than ambition – opportunism. I remember my moment of realisation about my less than latent opportunism….And I recognise it in others. It’s an instinct, like a cat grounding a passing swift. The diem is well and truly carped. It’s a case of believe I can do it and work out how after. This approach hasn’t failed me yet, touch wood, and has taken me through five fairly massive career shifts.
    Neither opportunism nor ambition are intrinsically bad things – unless we make them so.
    Thanks for your article!

  • Mark McGuinness

    “The diem is well and truly carped.” :-)

  • Mark McGuinness

    Well I guess that’s part of being an embodied being, but I don’t have a problem with feeling good about doing something worthwhile. Isn’t there a saying about giving a gift being its own reward?

  • Mark McGuinness

    Thanks Marcy, beautiful words. And yes, the motivation is critical – and only the individual knows that.

  • Mark McGuinness

    Exactly. Better to make the most of the time that’s left than lament the time that isn’t!

  • Mark McGuinness

    Well I’m British so maybe it applies over here more than over there! :-)

    I was really writing this for the people who struggle with the idea of ambition, to show them there’s an alternative to the ‘shark pool’.

    I’d say you’re half-wrong – it’s possible to be very ambitious and very vigorous in pursuing your ambitions, especially online, but to do it by being generous rather than selfish. If you look at someone like Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) he’s become successful by giving away an incredible amount of free advice and inspiration and by helping as many people as he can.

  • Elizabeth Archibong

    I personally don’t think people start with out with the idea of having an ambition for work and “how far you can you take it, for what you can achieve, for the impact it can have on others”. I believe human nature and the society we exist in, will always put us in a position to always start out with ambition for ourselves – i.e to make sure we are at least comfortable and able to provide the basic necessities for ourselves and loved one, able to wake up in the morning and know you don’t have to worry about where the resources are going to come from to take care of your needs.

    I think most people (not all) make the switch to the sort of ambition you refer to, when they have been able to see some sort of result from the work they are doing, which then motivates them and pushes them further to see how far they can take it and achieve and also increase the impact it has on others.

    as long as personal needs (and they differ for each person) are not being met, i don’t think having an ambition for work just for work’s sake will ever be on top of most people’s list.

  • Mark McGuinness

    You’re right that we can’t ignore personal ambition, but I don’t think it’s true that creatives (who this piece was written for) are ambitious for themselves first and for the work only when they are ‘at least comfortable’. The two are intertwined from the beginning.

    Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many starving artists and freelancers struggling to make a living from doing the work they love. They’d all be doing the sensible lucrative thing first, and doing their art at weekends.

  • Squozzer

    While I think the word “ambition” has become tainted with underhanded connotations such as “machiavellian” or “overachiever”, to me the biggest obstacle to opening my can of ambition was the fear of it being used against me. After all, who hasn’t encountered the pathetic little worm-people whose idea of success is to frustrate the dreams of others? I personally don’t need the aggravation. Better to keep it a secret and spring it on the world like a plague of locusts.

  • Corey

    Hi Mark – how would you reconcile ambition with contentment? In other words, do you think there’s ever a point at which your ambitions impede your ability to be content with your life? Might one always be looking for the “next thing”? I struggle with the balance of those two sometimes, so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Mark McGuinness

    Excellent question. I like Charlotte Joko Beck’s distinction between expectation and aspiration.

    Expectation would be the needy, craving version of ambition – having high expectations of yourself and life in general, and getting frustrated and disappointed whenever they are not met.

    Aspiration is more like the ‘noble ambition’ I described – you put all your energy and effort into achieving something you believe is worthwhile, but without having so much ego investment in the outcome.

    As you say, it’s a tricky balancing act between the two!

  • Carolinad217

    Descubrí hace poco que soy muy ambicosa. Por ser asi, me he visto obligada a alejarme de personas que no lo son o que utilizan el lado malo de la ambición (para pasar por encima de otros y ser egoistas e injustos). También he decidido apartarme de personas que no tienen ideales, ambiciones, planes, ideas… Esto ha hecho difícil la formación de un equipo de trabajo. Espero que en poco tiempo pueda resolver las complicaciones que trae ser ambicioso y logre entrar en el mundo profecional en el que me visualizo.

  • Dr.DebraCondren

    After founding the Women’s Business Alliance, an organization that has served as a motivational think tank for 3,000 women over fifteen years, I observed common ways high-achieving women self-sabotage. I began a systematic study and interviewed 500 women for my book, “Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word” (Random House/Broadway). I found that many women (regardless of their backgrounds, ages, schooling) possess the same fear: if they go after their most ambitious dreams, they’ll be seen — or they’ll regard themselves — as selfish, b*tchy, they’ll repel their soul mate, be a bad wife, a bad mother, a lousy community member. They buy into the societal message that women have to choose between either a happy personal life or a great career (or water down / settle in both spheres). It’s exactly this fear of ambition that has forced many women to leave their career dreams and their great talents by the roadside, rendering them half of what they should be in every area of life.

    I believe that we can go after our dreams, without guilt, without compromising our ethics and integrity, and without sacrificing the rest of our lives. We can reclaim our dreams such that all of our inviolable, sacrosanct priorities — personal and career goals alike — can fit together harmoniously.

    Our ambition is a virtue. We owe it to ourselves — and the world — to make the contribution we were born to make.

    Sincerely and ambitiously,
    Dr. Debra Condren
    AmbitionIsNotADirtyWord.com

  • Ismael Toé

    Great article! I want to translate it to french and publish it on a blog. Can I ?

  • jkglei

    Glad you enjoyed Mark’s piece, Ismael! We request that folks do not republish 99% articles in full. But if you would like to translate 1-2 paragraphs, and publish them on your blog with a link back to the full article 99%, we’d really appreciate that. Thanks for reading.

  • Ismael Toé

    Thanks I will respect your conditions

  • Lex

    Maybe one of humanity’s biggest mistakes is we, as species, not individually, are not ambitious. We perceive ourselves as being in the top of the food chain so to speak, some of us ambitious, but most comfortably numb.

  • Tumieza

    Ambition is the fire that burns in your stomach that reacts even when you don’t really feel like doing anything.
    I personally think the combination of ambition and passion are key to a life full of joy and success. Beacuse you know you are doing what you love

  • Carly Eddy

    I especially liked that part where you wrote about not having to become an egomaniac and not having to divulge you ambition to anyone else but giving yourself the permission to have it is totally okay. I think I will just do that! I am taking your Creative Pathfinder Course, I read this particular article per your resource section. Just want to thank you for the opportunity in taking this course, it’s something I need to do….I am the absolute stereotypical “creative type” and lack direction a lot of the time. I am a student at NYIP, taking the Professional Photographer’s Course. At times it’s difficult to get through, but I need to do this, and I am really, really learning quite so much. It’s going to give me a huge advantage to actually know what the heck I am doing….I think and I am not allowing all the technical stuff inhibit my creativity(at least not with my knowing it_) I am rambling sorry for that, anyway, thank you. 
    -Carly Eddy

  • James Thomas Canali

    Do you agree that we should be more eager to pursue our ambitions? I believe that our ambitions (dreams, desires, longings for greatness) are part of our DNA, our truest self not our false one. I believe we live in a bit of a matrix of confusing, controlling systems in our western culture that leads us along like lambs to the slaughter of our creative design. I think this is really important word, hope you keep finding a platform and outlet Mark, your waking up desires and it’s good!

    How can we distinguish between a noble ambition (for the work) and an ignoble (self-centered) one?

    Are we the only benefactors is one factor i think of when discerning between a noble an ignoble ambition…

  • drjohneaton

    This brings to mind the well-known invocation from Marianne Williamson which was cited by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural Presidential address:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

  • Mia

    I am a starter on your course and Internet, most of the terms (net) I do not understand yet but am a quick learner, I only have an iPad and hope that I will still be able to follow on, don’t even know everything about the iPad yet.
    But what I have read so far has given me courage and drive to go for it and learn all I possible can, you’ll never know how much you have helped me already. Many thanks

  • Mina Grace Drake

    Interesting topic. I think the question answers itself. I think the noble ambition always leads back to the work- and noble work begins and ends with service to others. What I have learned and hopefully help my clients to realize is that true success is only found in making others successful. That is the work I am dedicated to- and what fuels my ambitions.

  • Lau

    The question isn’t whether an ambition is noble or not. The problem is there’s an overwhelming amount of people with none at all. Friends, family and people putting themselves into difficult positions because they’re either stuck or satisfied with mediocrity and the status quo.

    Unfortunately ambition must be discovered by ourselves and while it saddens me, I admit that most people are not destined for anything above the ordinary.

  • Mohamed Al Said

    This was a nice words that I ever read about ambition.

  • Anonymous

    Reading The Agony and the Ecstacy is a great way to climb into the heads of these guys – it’s a mind-boggling book for so many reasons, but when I read this page on 99U I had to jump at the very rare opportunity to share just one of the amazing facets of the experience I had reading it: I’m telling you, there were times when I literally HAD to put the book down and pace around my house with my mouth hanging open and just say to myself: “Holy *&%$! Irving Stone can make you feel like you’re lounging around in some room upstairs in the Medici Palace with these guys, learning sentence by sentence how and why they succeed – because of the way they see themselves in the world.”

    Sure, the conversations are certainly conjecture on Stone’s part (although he is NO slouch when it comes to research – check him out on U-Tube – the brain of Irving Stone is a subject in itself), but the artists are portrayed as having so much innate passion for the work – and the work is such a part of their families and community and the land they’ve lived so closely with for generations (certainly a body of tradition lost on us today here in the US!). It’s not even a question to them that it’s their duty to crank out the astounding art they’ve contributed to the world. How beautiful can you GET? I highly recommend the book, as I said, for many reasons, but it’s a heady, thorough and extremely complex lesson in honing one’s artistic ambition – like having Michelangelo take you by the hand and teach you all about it! My god I’m beginning to REALLY love this website!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks again so much for this discussion – as you can see, it floats around in the back of my mind a lot. Now, two weeks after having read it initially, I’m relating it to so many things that occur in my life. My daughter is currently in a production of Into the Woods, and so I’ve been watching Six By Sondheim (free on UTube). The show (the documentary, I mean) reveals so much about the ambition of my idols, how they used it and struggled with it. It’s like a piece of golden-video in relation to this discussion (in my opinion).

  • Anonymous

    Okay, last post for a while – I promise (gee Mark, you’ve shown me that I should probably aspire to start my own blog!). I have this fascination with artists who make no bones about their confidence – Paul McCartney said in an NPR interview once that he can only sing because he believes he can, and when I read William Stryron I can see that his writing is so fantastic because he assumes we’re just going to be enthralled with his every word – and so his every enthralling word just tumbles out and fills up a book before you know it. And I just love to watch anchor-giants interview Stephen Sondheim, because they’re so challenged and awed by sitting across from him, and so genuinely tickled by the way his brain works. He’s (Sondheim) very generous about the fact that the artistic process can be excruciating, and it takes what is pretty close to superhuman-discipline, but he never seems to question his ambition. He just charges through challenges like a bull for the target. So cool.

    And I think it’s interesting that I personally find that I can get very bogged down by the idea of producing anything artistic – it can seem like such unbearable drudgery until I stumble across something that just stirs up so much of my ambition that I’m almost frightened by it.

    It’s really been amazing for me so far to have signed up for this course and to have found this website. Sometimes I think our emotions about our artistic process are much more important (and interesting, frankly) than the work itself (depending on the work, of course). At any rate, I’ve always wanted SO badly for there to be a forum like this to discuss these feelings. I can hardly believe it exists! A true gift. Thank you again.

  • Laura Newman

    Heh, I am only ambitious of late. You and @creativepenn have helped me to move along. Thank you.

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