Four months ago I embarked on an art project called "The Entrepreneur in a Bottle". It started by creating a miniature version of myself in clay and putting it inside a bottle. It represented the feelings I had at the time of being bottled-up.
The funny thing is I started to enjoy the art creation process and thought, ..hmmm, I've made the negative feeling entrepreneurs feel. Why not create the positive feeling of when things are going beautifully well and you feel like you're soaring above it all.
That's when the idea of working with a professional artist to help create that vision started. What I came up with--after weeks of back-and-forth updates and changes, was the painting seen below. (You can see it full screen here.)
The painting has the words "Build Something Beautiful, to You." written in the clouds. It's a reminder to ask myself that question periodically, to ensure I'm headed in the right direction. I hope it's a friendly aphorism that will help entrepreneurs who are feeling bottled-up, get out.
By the way, I love my Mom's(Lana Bates) quote about this art project--she summed it up so eloquently.
“You lay awake at night thinking about how you’re going to make money. But deep down, there is that hunger—to build something meaningful to you—beautiful to you.”
Fast-forward four months and I was granted the opportunity to show my art exhibit at the acclaimed CITYARTS FACTORY in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida starting on this Thursday night(June 19th 2014) from 6-9pm for the Grand Opening along with many other talented artists. (Details here.)
Choosing to pick-yourself, as Seth Godin would say. To step out in-front, make your own little ruckus and show your art/idea/passion to the World, takes some courage. It's no game for the weak, you can be shamed, laughed at, called stupid, and it's all done in-public.
But without risking that, you would not be able to be praised, recognized, or even admired. I don't think I created the Mona Lisa or anything, just something simple that I hope others enjoy, and maybe help some entrepreneurs get un-bottled-up.
I was at the Gallery today, setting up for Thursday's show, and just being downtown, in the bustling atmosphere and being inside the beautiful CITYARTS FACTORY, I knew I made the right decision. However, four months ago, and more than 200 hours working on the project and thousands of dollars spent, I didn't have any idea.
If you're thinking of taking a risk to put yourself out there. I think you know my advice, ..be adventurous, DO IT. You'll be better because of it.
If you're in the Orlando area, I hope to see you Thursday night for a energizing show! I'll be there with my Fiancée as well as all the other artists. As I understand it, there will be more than 1,500 people come through the doors tomorrow night.
Note: The CityArts Factory is right across the street from the same building that Walt Disney himself had his personal office in when he was building Walt Disney World in the 1960's . WOW, now that's an entrepreneur who really stepped out in-front. Most people forget how often he failed--but everyone remembers how much he succeeded.