50 quotes on risktaking
50 quotes on risktaking
I am thrilled to announce that my new book, Storytelling for the Revolution, is now available on Amazon. If you are a fan of storytelling, insight, wisdom, love, choice, humor, learning, breathing, the human condition, or this blog, there is a good chance you will enjoy my book. Right now, only the paperback version is available. In a few days, the Kindle version will also be available. Click below for testimonials…
The book on Amazon
“Mitch Ditkoff knows that the real revolution comes from within and then extends outward to action. He writes with rare wisdom, depth, humor, and insight. Each story he shares has the capacity to inspire the rest of us to action that matters.” — Gail Larsen, Author Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story
“This is a powerful and important book. When we have the courage to tell our stories, we form a bond with each other that no one can defeat or overwhelm. Mitch Ditkoff makes an indisputable case for the essential role of storytelling to create change.” — Susan Page, Director, San Miguel Writers Conference and Literary Festival
“What I love about Storytelling for the Revolution is the compelling way it liberates humanity’s biggest untapped resource — our collective wisdom lurking just beneath the surface of our lives.” — Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 best selling author of Triggers
“Mitch taps into the deep well of our collective wisdom and reclaims the collective narrative for the greater good. Storytelling for the Revolution is a rallying cry for people to recognize their deep meaningful connections with others and reminds us that we are not alone. It is a groundbreaking work in its simplicity and profundity. An important, seminal work for our age.” — Michael Frick, CEO, Speaking.com
“Mitch Ditkoff’s stories are beautiful and a huge encouragement for the rest of us to share our own stories with each other. This is what’s needed these days — the authentic sharing of what we know to be true, based on our own life experiences and inner wisdom. Not fake news. Real news — the news of the heart.” — Cassandra Wilson, Grammy Award Winning Jazz and Blues Singer
“Today, I read the first six of the 40 stories in Mitch Ditkoff’s Storytelling for the Revolution. Immediately, I felt my heart replace my mind and called out to my new wife that we had something delightful to read together in bed tonight. Big thanks to Mitch for helping me shift gears in the 80th year of my life. Anyone who can quiet themselves enough to pay attention to their own inner wisdom will find great value in this groundbreaking book.” — Tim Gallwey, Author of Inner Game of Tennis and the Inner Game of Work
“Through Mitch Ditkoff’s master storytelling we are welcomed under a big tent called humanity with stories that whisper truths, uniting and celebrating us all. His stories rumble deep from within, where cleverness meets humility and tragedy dances with angels. Mitch’s stories inspire reflection while the field guide provides the step-by-step guidance needed for readers to mobilize the storyteller within and lead their own personal revolution.” — Doug Stuke, Director, Sales Excellence, The Hartford Insurance Group
“Mitch’s stories have the power take us deeper into our own selves, encouraging us to pay closer attention to every aspect of our lives. Storytelling for the Revolution is an inspirational work to say the least. It is a book that has no timeline and will be here forever, changing lives, page by page.” — Sharon Jeffers, Author of Love and Destiny, Discover the Secret Language of Relationships
“Storytelling, like music, is a universal language that evokes shared emotions and connects us to each other. In Mitch Ditkoff’s second book of stories, Storytelling for the Revolution, he deftly weaves tales that give vivid insight into our hearts and emotions, helping us interpret and understand our own lives in a very personal way. This book of stories, meditations of the human soul, will positively transform your life.” — Geri Presti, CEO and President, The Cleveland Music Settlement
“Stories are all about gathering personal and collective experience and knowledge. They gain meaning when the storyteller communicates with verve and creativity. In Storytelling for the Revolution, Mitch Ditkoff beautifully fulfills this promise and offers precise prompts for accessing the wisdom tucked inside the tale”. — David Gonzalez, Award winning storyteller, poet, and arts advocate
“I loved this book and will be sharing it with sacred activists around the world. I especially loved the way the author made the connection between revolution and revelation. Highly enjoyable.” — Kurt Krueger, President, Success Systems International
Here’s a refreshing, 36-minute podcast/interview on the power of storytelling to spark big, positive changes in organizations. Especially relevant to business people engaged in Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma projects. The interviewers are Elisabeth Swan and Tracey Roarke — two movers and shakers in the world of LeanSixSigma.
Storytelling for the Revolution
Bang! Pop! Pow!
Is that the sound of leftover fireworks I hear? Or is your art business on fire?
I would love to hear that it’s your business on fire – that you are Hot – Hot – Hot for what you have to share with the world.
If you’re only hearing fireworks outside your walls and not inside your body, there are four things you can do, and keep doing, to ignite the passion for your art business.
©Dorette Amell, Diplomacy Blue. Digital media. Used with permission.
1. Embrace your role as CEO.
When you decide you want to earn money as an artist, you are no longer just making art. You are building a business.
As soon as you accept your role as CEO of your art business, you will experience a dramatic shift in mindset. You will understand that your talent is bigger than you. It’s the basis for a dialogue you are intended to have with the world.
Along with this comes the responsibility of ensuring that your business is run professionally and profitably.
What’s not to get excited about?
2. Schedule something big – with a deadline.
Every forward-thinking entrepreneur needs something to look forward to, and artists are no different. You want to experience the momentum resulting from snagging a new venue, hosting an open studio, or landing a commission.
Without events and deadlines on your calendar, you risk wasting time on social media and neglecting the hard work in the studio.
Don’t wait for things to happen to you. Create your own opportunities. OWN them!
3. Use your list.
©Deepa Koshaley, Whole II. Acrylic, dry pastels on canvas. 36 x 24 inches. Used with permission.
You didn’t work hard to attract all of those people to your list only to let them rot in cyber-storage. Use your list!
People signed up to hear from you. If they haven’t heard from you in awhile, they’ll think one of three things:
You aren’t doing anything worth sharing.
Your business is too disorganized to get a message together.
You don’t care enough about them.
Or, even worse, they’ll think nothing because they’ve forgotten about you altogether.
Staying in touch with your list is an opportunity you can’t afford to neglect. They are your community. Maintaining dialogue with them is rocket fuel for your art career.
Create a plan to use your list regularly and then keep that commitment to yourself and your audience.
4. Follow up with people.
Pay attention to signals. Opportunities are often abundant if you listen and act on them.
Did you catch that condition at the end of the sentence? You have to act on the opportunities.
If someone says they like your work, do you accept the compliment and move on? Or do you ask if they’d like to be on your mailing list and receive an invitation to your next event? Or invite them to your studio to see more?
In my experience with students and clients, lack of follow-up is one of the biggest mistakes artists make. I don’t believe it’s because you are lazy. I don’t accept that it’s that you are too busy because we make time for what is important.
I assume that fear is the reason most artists don’t follow up – fear that there will be a rejection on the other end or that they’ll be viewed as a pest.
©Christine Hager-Braun, Illumination #2. Batik fabrics, machine-pieced, machine-quilted, mounted on stretched canvas, 36 x 48 x 1 inches. Used with permission.
You can’t allow fear to run your life. To live your best life … to take advantage of the precious years you have on Earth … you must embrace bold steps.
If you don’t follow up, you’ll always wonder, “What if . . .?” or “If only I had . . . “ Nothing takes the sizzle out of your momentum like regret.
How do you ignite the passion for your art business?
“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris
The summer is here.
And for many of us it’s a time of vacations, a time of being free from school or a slow time at work or in your business.
So it’s a good time to focus on taking extra good care of yourself to unwind, decompress and to recharge.
And that’s exactly what this week’s article is all about. Let me share 6 of my favorite tips that I’ll be using this summer.
1. Just watch the clouds go by.
During the months of continuous intense work it’s easy to get trapped in the mindset that you have to do something pretty much all the time. This can add a lot of tensions and stress.
So try doing nothing at all from time to time this summer. Just go for a walk in the woods. Sit by the lake and take in the wonderful landscape. Or lie down in the grass and just watch the clouds go by.
Do only that, savor the moments of summer and feel how the inner tensions flow out of your body and mind.
2. Disconnect for a time.
I’ll be disconnected for much of this summer. I won’t go online unless it’s necessary. I’ll only check my emails once a day. And I’ll leave my smartphone at home while I’m out in the sun enjoying a book.
I recommend trying this one out, especially if you tend to spend a lot of time at work or in school with being online or talking on the phone.
Start by just staying away from your email and phone for maybe 6 or 12 hours. Then check them.
You may see that you haven’t missed much by not being available all the time. And discover that your stress levels have dropped quite a bit and it feels easier to fully focus on your family, friends or your hobby.
3. Appreciate what you did between New Year’s Eve and the start of this summer.
Half of 2018 has now gone by.
And there might have been some worries. Perhaps you were angry with yourself more than a few times during these 6 months. Or disappointed in what you did, didn’t do or what happened in your life.
When the stress and inner tensions are plentiful then it’s easy to get stuck in focusing on what went wrong or on your own setbacks or mistakes.
So take a break from that.
Ask yourself: What can I appreciate about what I did and I accomplished during these 6 months?
It doesn’t always have to be big things. And be sure to appreciate what you did, the effort you put in even if things didn’t go exactly as planned.
4. Go slow.
This will also dial your stress down.
And, perhaps even more importantly, help you to be in the moment and to fully enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and people of your summer.
Instead of being half-lost in the future or in a memory while life and perhaps something really wonderful is happening right in front of you.
5. Say no to the shoulds of summer.
There are sneaky shoulds in life. They can make a vacation filled with things you “just have to do before the summer is over” seem like draining work. And they’ll leave you more tired than you were before your time off even started.
Avoid them by asking yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks?
Zooming out like this makes it easier to find a healthier perspective on things and to see the real value of doing something.
It makes it easier to simply relax and to say no to doing something because you realize that it frankly isn’t that important anyway.
6. Spend more time doing what you love.
Maybe it’s fishing. Or going out into the woods and picking berries and mushrooms. Or painting. Or reading books. Or playing with your kids or hanging out with an old friend.
No matter what it might be, think about how you can fit more what you love doing into not only your summer but the rest of your 2018.
Take a couple of minutes and sit down with a pen and a piece of paper. Think about what you spend your time on during a normal week.
Then find 1-2 things during your regular weeks that you can spend less time on. Or things you can simply say no to so that you have a bit more time and energy over each week during the summer, fall and winter for what you love doing.
1. “I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs
2. “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead
3. “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk
4. “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.” – Charles Kettering
5. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
6. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
7. “You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” – Albert Einstein
8. “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” – Miles Davis
9. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” – Carl Jung
10. “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
11. “If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.”
– Clarence Darrow
12. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck
13. “To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France
14. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”
– Charles Peguy
15. “There’s no good idea that cannot be improved on.” – Michael Eisner
16. “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” – Anais Nin
17. “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”
– Thomas Edison
18. “The best vision is insight.” – Malcolm Forbes
19. “Genius is infinite painstaking.” – Michelangelo
20. “Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude.” – Goethe
21. “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together, go to the making of genius. Love, Love, Love. That is the soul of genius.” – Mozart
22. “Swipe from the best, then adapt.” – Tom Peters
23. “Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
24. “You can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence.” – Carl Jung
25. “Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.” – Albert Einstein
26. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe
27. “Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble.” – Zen proverb
28. “The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.” – Carl Jung
29. “We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re certain it wasn’t a fish.” – John Culkin
30. “I will act as if what I do will make a difference.” – William James
31. “There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.” – Charles Baudelaire
32. “What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake
33. “Remember, a dead fish can float down a stream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.” – W.C. Fields
34. “99 percent of success is built on failure.” – Charles Kettering
35. “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow
36. “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein
37. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
38. “The ultimate creative thinking technique is to think like God. If you’re an atheist, pretend how God would do it.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
39. “I start where the last man left off.” – Thomas Edison
40. “Never confuse motion with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
41. “The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.” – Thomas Edison
42. “No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.” – Sir Laurence Olivier
43. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
44. “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” – Miles Davis
45. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling
46. “Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgi
47. “A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”- Antoine Saint-Exupery
48. “Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn’t do nothing.” – Duke Ellington
49. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky
50. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
51. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton
52. “The man with a new idea is a crank – until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain
53. “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles Kettering
54. “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas Edison
55. “Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George
56. “The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.” – Alfred North Whitehead
57. “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” – Victor Hugo
58. “Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron
59. “Systems die; instincts remain.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
60. “You will never find the time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Burton
61. “Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.” – Peter Drucker
62. “One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
63. “The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.” – Thomas Carlyle
64. “I failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison
65. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
66. “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas Watson, (Founder of IBM)
67. “Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze.” – Peter Drucker
68. “The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present, the decline will be fast.” – Peter Drucker
69. “You can only be as good as you dare to be bad.” – John Barrymore
70. “No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered.”
– Winston Churchill
71. “Conclusions arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering the course of our lives.” – Carlos Casteneda
72. “After years of telling corporate citizens to ‘trust the system,’ many companies must relearn instead to trust their people – and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
73. “If the creator has a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out.” – Arthur Koestler
74. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May
75. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” – Emile Chartier
76. “There’s always an element of chance and you must be willing to live with that element. If you insist on certainty, you will paralyze yourself.” – J.P. Getty
77. “Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are just produced.” – A.N. Whitehead
78. “Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.” – Sam Walton
79. “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
80. “Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
81. “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx
82. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
83. “Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.” – William James
84. “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift
85. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay
86. “If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it.” – Gordon MacKenzie
87. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
88. “There is a vitality, a life force, that is translated to you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and will be lost.” – Martha Graham
89. “We have approximately 60,000 thoughts in a day. Unfortunately, 95% of them are thoughts we had the day before.” – Deepak Chopra
90. “Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not yet understood.” – Henry Miller
91. “I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore. What is reality? Nothing but a collective hunch.” – Lily Tomlin
92. “Now that we have met with paradox we have some hope of making progress.” – Niels Bohr
93. “Microsoft is always two years away from failure.” – Bill Gates
94. “We’ve reached the end of incrementalism. Only those companies that are capable of creating industry revolutions will prosper in the new economy. – Gary Hamel
95. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Noble
96. “I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.” – Steven Wright
97. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs
98. “I am looking for a lot of people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” – Henry Ford
99. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca
100. “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage
Over the past ten years I’ve watched Dianna Fritzler go from full-time artist to full-time marketing employee and back again. I had the pleasure of helping her a little along the way.
I wanted to share Dianna’s path so you can hear how she set a target and took deliberate and consistent steps to reach that target in a very short timespan.
©Dianna Fritzler, Unbridled Enthusiasm. Acrylic, graphite, and pastel on gallery-wrapped canvas, 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches. Used with permission.
During her first year back as a full-time artist, Dianna tested a lot of options for income and gained clarity on what she wants moving forward. And she missed her ambitious income goal by just 10%.
In this interview, you’ll hear Dianna reveal:
The moment when she decided that her art could no longer play a secondary role in her life.
The steps she took immediately that set her on the path to making her dream come true.
The income streams she tested and what has worked (and not worked) for her.
The vision she and her husband have for his future full-time role in her business.
The amount of time she spends on business v. in the studio.
How she structures her day to be most productive.
Artist Dianna Fritzler’s studio with Berrylicious (now in a private collection) in progress. Photo by Alyson B. Stanfield.
She also confesses just how worthless she is before her morning java and why she unapologetically embraces freeform Internet exploration in the mornings.
As you will learn, Dianna works her ass off. But her work brings her joy and she’s determined to succeed.
Please enjoy this conversation with Dianna Fritzler about transitioning to a full-time artist.
Music: Keep It Simple by Wildermiss. Used with permission.
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About My Guest
Dianna Fritzler is a full-time artist living in Parker, Colorado. She teaches her Bodacious Blooms and Cold Wax Creations workshops throughout the country and loves sharing tips, tricks, information and laughs with all artists. Her paintings reflect how she sees life’s journey: intricate, layered, vibrant and joyful. Visit her website to see all of her work and connect with her.
Dianna Fritzler in front of her painting, Flibbertigibbit (oil and wax on cradled wooden board, 30 x 30 inches). Photo courtesy the artist.
Talk about innovation!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine de Saint Exupery
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” — Winston Churchill
“No matter what the work you are doing, be always ready to drop it. And plan it, so as to be able to leave it.” — Leo Tolstoy
“Pray to Allah, but tie your camel.” — The Prophet Muhammed
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” — Yogi Berra
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” — John F. Kennedy
“It’s takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy. Do what is great while it is small.” — Sun Tzu
“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” — George S. Patton
“Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than the do the marriage.” — Zig Ziglar
“All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.” — Arthur C. Clarke
Do you work in an organization that is trying to raise the bar for innovation, teamwork, storytelling, and leadership, but doesn’t have the budget to pay for trainings, keynotes, and workshops? Here’s an alternative — Idea Champions’ Micro-Learning for Innovators service. It all happens online. At your own pace.
The price? YOU decide on the value of our service and make us an offer. 95% of the time we go with what our prospective clients suggest. 5% of the time we decline. Interested? [email protected]