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How Proving the Exception Makes an Artist Successful

How Proving the Exception Makes an Artist Successful

Eric Maisel

4. Stepping into the shoes of “someone exceptional”

Once you’ve articulated your understanding of the difference between an average effort and an exceptional effort, you will want to become the person capable of making such an effort. That may mean working on your shyness, your anxieties, your passivity, and your dislike of self-promotion. If proving the exception requires that you do x, y, and z, you must become the person capable of doing x, y, and z.

5. Reaching out

Learn how to send clear, concise, friendly, useful emails and other messages to those people who might be able to help you. Learn not to labor over such missives—they do not need to be elaborate works of art or skillful apologies for why you aren’t further along in your career or more important as an artist. Reach out to three people a day … five people a day … seven people a day. Reach out regularly and continually.

6. Following through

It is one thing to make a sensible plan and another thing to follow through on all the steps required to turn any plan into a successful experience. You will come up against innumerable obstacles as you endeavor to prove the exception, from unreturned emails and phone calls to technological glitches to rude, off-handed criticism to deals falling through to contracts not being honored. Persevere; follow through; keep at it!

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