Godin On…Well, Everything

My definition of art contains three elements:

  1. Art is made by a human being.
  2. Art is created to have an impact, to change someone else.
  3. Art is a gift. You can sell the souvenir, the canvas, the recording… but the idea itself is free, and the generosity is a critical part of making art.

By my definition, most art has nothing to do with oil paint or marble. Art is what we we’re doing when we do our best work. ~Seth Godin

Seth Godin is one of the gurus of our time. He’s associated with marketing, but has much to say on other subjects as well. If the name isn’t familiar to you, be sure to check out his blog.

You can also get a free download of his compilation of wise words from many sources called What Matters Now. I likewhat Derek Sivers has to say about finding your true passion: “…just notice what excites you and what scares you on a small, moment-to-moment basis…You grow (and thrive!) by doing what excites you and scares you everyday, not by trying to find your passion.”

May you do your best work (your art) today, growing and thriving on what excites you and what scares you.


2 Responses to Godin On…Well, Everything

  1. Art is a frustrating genre to define, as people have the tendency to lump everything in it. We don’t have this problem with Science (“Science lives within you”) or Language (“Just reach and feel, and you will achieve language”).

    The result is that EVERYTHING can be considered art, and this dilutes the actual power of what art is. Art is a discipline, and like science, language, mathematics, or even auto mechanics, it takes skill and hard work. Yes, accidents do happen, but not on a regular basis.

  2. Seth Godin says:

    thanks Lyn

    appreciate it!

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