This led me to a desire not to live a life of art, but to rather artfully live.
The next definition of chance is opportune moments.
This is a point in which the story changes from things that happen to me, to things that happen because of me.
Be fine with being naive, be okay with asking about everything.
Correlation is not causation. You can't find out what's going on until you ask "why?"
It's not technology or design that has created this problem but they haven't really made it that much better despite all this propaganda to change and disrupt the world.
I've begun to look at my life as a body of work, rather than what I'm doing right now.
Our failures challenge us.
I do have a color story. I do have a signature, and I didn’t really know that I did! It’s warm and it’s vibrant.
This is the true color of our life. I’d much rather be in this room than the other room. It’s about creating and allowing room for that layer of life that is truly colorful and not minding doing something that isn’t quite so perfect.
When the people fill up the room, empty wine glasses are sitting on the end table, it’s filled with the color of life, that’s when it’s really, really good. That’s when it feels alive.
Is this real? Is what people see on Instagram and Facebook … Is this really how people are living?
My perspective is colored by where I grew up, where I live now, who’s in my life, what I’m doing today, what I’m going to be able to do tomorrow. It’s all shaping how I see the world.
Looking at all of these Instagram accounts, I know that some of it is by design. Some carefully curate what they’re going to put up. But I believe too is that there is an innate pattern, innate perspective that we have that’s colored by things.
The truth is we need to encourage both the risk, and make sure we're following through with the support regardless of the outcome.
We lose as a community, and the risk-taker learns that they just shouldn't take the risk anymore.
If we're not in a position to learn from that failure quickly, learning end up dissipating and not happening at all. We end up losing out as a result of that.
And don't get me wrong, I applaud our desire to continue to encourage people who are making the attempt. It takes courage to take that risk. But what happens when they fall? Do we truly spend enough time helping them get back up?
My observation that is that most of this conversation is really about encouraging people to take the initial risk, because we know that will lead to success. But what about failure? I mean seriously, how to we stand to gain from that?
Depending upon the size of the risk and the degree of the fail, most people aren't equipped to immediately learn from that experience.
There's a whole ton of potential when somebody fails, to learn from those mistakes. Hindsight is 20/20, but how's the learning supposed to happen?
Sometimes the wrong idea is really the right idea at the wrong time. Or maybe it has something to do with not having enough time.
...but we fell short, and we ran out of money.
Actually, this international community convened in Vienna, and they talked about Grand Rapids as a place where great things could happen, and they said yes. That's freakin' awesome.
And as one does when they come across such a big personal realization, I gave the guys at Foo Camp a call on a Friday and said I couldn't make it. And on Monday, I quit my job.
Rick asked the really simple question - "hey, what would the opposite of a film festival be?" Out of that came a 10-slide keynote deck with the title "An Art Prize." And that was the beginning of ArtPrize.