If you cannot paint…

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh said it more than 100 years before Steven Pressfield or Seth Godin started the discussion. The Resistance, the Lizard Brain, will only be shut-up by two things; Either you quit, or you commit.

If you dabble around and you think about painting (or singing or drawing or acting or whatever) and consider painting and put a stoke on now and again when the mood strikes and wonder what it would be like to do this full time then the voice will never be silenced. It will only leave you in peace if you give up or if you work enough to leave it behind.

(Though each day you will have to work for a bit to leave it behind again)

How 10 People Smarter Than Me See Failure

  1. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
    Winston Churchill

  1. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt

  1. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
    Dale Carnegie

  1. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
    George Burns

  1. Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.
    Soichiro Honda

  1. You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure.
    George Cukor

  1. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
    Henry Ford

  1. Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
    Mia Hamm

  1. A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
    John Burroughs

  2. Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
    Charlie Chaplin

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