If You Don’t Feel Like You’re Making Art, You Don’t Care Enough

Andy Warhol

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol, Born Aug. 6, 1928.

Everything is art if you're doing it on purpose, and exactly the way you mean to. Shouldn't we all be striving for that?

Someone else once said that art is play. Do you include enough art and play in what you do? Is it fun? Do you enjoy It? Do you get to be creative and expressive enough?

Are you doing your life's work? Are you working toward your masterpiece? Are you developing your art (whatever that is) as well as your skill as an artist? Do you CARE about what you're doing?

If not, why not?

Listen, I'm not saying to find your passion or whatever. That's lame.

What I am saying is you need to be working in a way that makes you care about the act of creating that work. You have to care about the quality of the final product of that work.

Or else what are you even doing with your life?

If you don't care about the work you do, what else could that be but wasting your time?

So if you can't find something to care about in your work – if you can't find a way to make art of it, and play with it and be creative…

Maybe you're doing the wrong thing?

But before you give up anything, though – don't let me be something you use as an excuse to jump ship or quit or avoid starting.

Try instead to find a way to make WHATEVER it is you're doing into a fun, playful, artistic endeavor. Make it your own. Make one little part of it – at a minimum – uniquely your own.

Express yourself. Assert yourself.

It's your life we are talking about. You don't get another one.

Make it a DELIBERATE and WILLFUL life, spent doing what you want to do, your own way.

Figure out how to make that pay the bills, and you're set.

Aren't you?

2 thoughts on “If You Don’t Feel Like You’re Making Art, You Don’t Care Enough”

  1. Great message. Very timely. I feel like I recently came to this realization but, as usual, your writing has broken things down in a way that's more actionable.

    It's amazing how adding just a splash of playfulness and personality can make even drudgery enjoyable.

  2. I love this perspective.

    I am first and foremost a poet. As someone brand-new to copywriting I'm excited to jump into this lane of art. It's work that frankly seems like a lot of fun.

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