Career Success | You Can Be Great!

Is Your Greatest Career Success Ahead of You?

Am I a fool at this late date To heed a voice that says, You can be great ~ lyrics to Morningside by John Gorka

It is a phenomenon that no matter how old you are, you can find people younger than you doing great things with their lives. This can be disconcerting, but only if you choose to let it. Alternatively, you could choose to recognize it is never too late to learn you can be great and can create career success on your terms.

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It does not matter how old you are. It does not matter whether you have wasted opportunities. It does not matter where you went to school, or if you went to school. It does not matter what anyone else thinks. It only matters what you think. If you trust your gut and let it be known to yourself that the spark of greatness is within you, that is the foundation you need to create career success on your terms.

Age Is Not a Factor When You Are On a Career Success Mission

You can reach your full potential and beyond if you believe in yourself. Age and infirmity do not matter. They are sometimes hindrances, but they are not insurmountable objects. The incomparable singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, won the Juno Awards Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year in  2013 at age 79. He continues touring bringing his music the world over. His double CD, Live In London, is one of the best live albums I have ever heard. He recorded and produced it at age 75. His music, lyrics and performance are simply sublime. His burning passion for what he does is plainly obvious and tremendously inspiring. I wish for myself, and for you, to be going just as strong as he is when we reach the crest of 80 years. Cohen’s career success is a great now as it has ever been.

My good friend, and constant inspiration, Dick Harrison, penned one of the most popular and highly trafficked posts ever published on ArtPrintIssues.com. If you have not read, How to Sell to Interior Designers Successfully, go there and do so now. He is writing books, writing blog posts, learning about how to create and market e-books, all while in his 80s. He does these things while being the primary caretaker of his beloved wife, Lee, who requires lots of attention, and while continuing to maintain their lovely Florida home.

Blame and Self-pity Are Toxic Wastes

Jon Morrow - you can be great

Jon Morrow – a true inspiration!

Jon Morrow is a hero and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people. He is a quadriplegic with a fatal disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It attacks infants and young children who die very early. Despite unimaginable difficulties, he has created notable career success as a very successful blogger. Statistically, he should have died 20 or more years ago. His guest post, How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World on Problogger.com is on track to attain an astounding 1 million page views. That post is an inspiration for anyone who reads it. By comparison, whatever is happening in your life, I know without asking you would not trade for Jon’s confined to a wheelchair and unable to move your limbs. If Jon can overcome physical difficulties that seem nearly impossible and make himself incredibly successful, then you and I can find the strength, courage and resolve to make the most of our lives. Read that blog post. If you let it, it will change your life.

 The Power of Believing in Yourself

I was pleasantly surprised to find a link just made today to a blog post I wrote in 2007. It is titled The Power of Believing in Yourself. The post is about not giving up on yourself even when everyone you know would not think badly of you if you did. You can not only be inspired, you can turn what you achieve into inspiration for others. It was most fitting to include here because the post features how Chris Daughtry used self-belief and talent to become a recording star against all odds. Keep in mind, there is a difference between being self-delusional and self-belief. If you cannot carry a tune, no amount of self-belief and endless practice will get you a spot on The Voice, or even in a local musical theater. However, if you have the goods and you know it, you can use the power of self-belief to succeed in ways others would not conceive of you doing.

Plan and Execute to Achieve the Success You Desire

Set realistic goals and make plans broken into small increments to make them happen. That is the essence of my Guerrilla Marketing for Artists book. If you are looking for a system you create based on your skills, desires, and resources that will help you become great and succeed at the business of art, this book is for you.

Work Brings More Luck Than Knocking on Wood

The above subtitle and this post’s opening lyrics are both from Morningside, a song written and performed by John Gorka.  Click on the link below to listen to the whole song below.The lyrics are so moving and inspirational to me, I included them as well.

From the album: Company You Keep

Am I a fool at this late date
To heed a voice that says,
You can be great

I heard it young, now I hear it again
It says, you can be better than you’ve ever been

Don’t want to waste what I have to give
In all of the time that I’ve left to live
Don’t want to waste what I have to give
In any of the time that I’ve got left
I can do more than I thought I could
Work brings more luck than knocking on wood
There’s random bad and random good
Work brings more good luck

You ask the world
And the world says, no
It’s the world’s refrain
Mine says, go
You ask the world
And the world says, no
It’s an old world refrain
Mine says, go

Don’t want to waste what I have to give
In all of the time that I’ve left to live
Don’t want to waste what I have to give
In any of the time that I’ve got left
I can do more than I thought I could
Work brings more luck than knocking on wood
There’s random bad and random good
Work brings more good luck

Better be off
I’ve got dreams to dream
Though it seems uphill and a little extreme
If I can find hope in this fading light
Then I’ll find you on the morning side

Morningside ~ by John Gorka



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About Barney Davey

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Comments

  1. Less is often more. Just pick the “less” carefully.

  2. Cliff Kearns says:

    Nice reminder Barney. More relevant every year!!

  3. I really needed to read that. Thank you. Have a beautiful show hanging at a beautiful venue but I have felt disappointed. Yeah people give me complements. My fave is “You painted that?!! ” I am sure other artists get that, I need collectors not appreciators. Or people who want a free lesson. I am getting an Apple lap pro. I want to go more internet. Where I don’t have to be on display. You and Jason have been a great inspiration. I am still learning. Still better at painting than marketing. Thanks for your inspiration.

  4. It is not just Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stone magazine just pubishe an article titled: 30 Rockers Going Strong After 70
    The retirement threshold was just the beginning for these legends.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/30-rockers-going-strong-after-70-20131022/jerry-lee-lewis-78-0011336

  5. Yeah, but having plan, planning or setting goal – those are all just good intensions. Until you change them into action. It is like a work of artist – you can have vision, but unless you put it on canvas, you have nothing.

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