Humility of Artists

humble people

Here’s a great thought from our old friend — Seth  Godin

It seems arrogant to say, “perhaps this isn’t for you.”

When the critic pans your work, or the prospect hears your offer but doesn’t buy, the artist responds, “that’s okay, it’s not for you.” She doesn’t wheedle or flip-flop or go into high pressure mode. She treats different people differently, understands that she is working to delight the weird, not please the masses, and walks away.

Isn’t that arrogant?

No. It’s arrogant to assume that you’ve made something so extraordinary that everyone everywhere should embrace it. Our best work can’t possibly appeal to the average masses, only our average work can.

Finding the humility to happily walk away from those that don’t get it unlocks our ability to do great work.


Is our message for everyone?  Yes! — and no…..

Jesus warned us not to cast our pearls before swine.  There are those who just won’t “get it”.  They don’t get it either because they are unwilling to look at our message seriously — or they are so blinded that cannot get it themselves.

If a village won’t hear — shake the dust off your feet and move on.   Reality is that we won’t appeal to everyone.   I cannot get a hearing with every person on earth.  They may not like how I dress, or how I wear my lack of hair, or my beard, or my age, or whatever.   Maybe I don’t get them and so I cannot contextualize the gospel into their world.

Move on…..

Someone else will come along.  God will send another messenger who can “speak the language”.

Maybe He will send you?……..

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