As artists, we all have problems with motivation every now and then. On Artists Underground, we have discussed a few ways to become and stay motivated, including using time efficiency and accountability. Another way to keep motivated is to surround yourself with artists and individuals who are better than you.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker
As well-known motivational speaker Jim Rohn noted, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who we surround ourselves with and the environments we are exposed to can dictated our self-esteem, our attitude, our decisions and our way of thinking. So, as you can imagine, our environments are extremely influential in deciding how our lives will play out. And while we have heard many stories about how people with difficult backgrounds have risen above and succeeded, consider two things: First, most of these people had to leave their environments in order to succeed, and, secondly, if you can change your environment, why handicap yourself by not doing so?
Surrounding yourself with people who are doing better than you will keep you from feeling like the top dog in the kennel. It’s time to break out of the doghouse and find out what you are really made of. Shake off the chains and run with the wolves.
Start hanging around artists who are more talented than you are. It will force you to re-evaluate your skill level and to remind you that you can always do more and be better. You will find yourself practicing more. You will start learning things from these people. Just being around them will make you a better artist.
Associate with people who are more successful than you are, people who have more money, more fame, better careers. Not because you are superficial, but because you are looking to be inspired. You may be making more money or experiencing more success than your peers. So find another peer group. You may find, in witnessing what one can attainably achieve, a healthy envy will develop that can spur you on to demand more of yourself. You will move out from under your contentment. Your current standard of living becomes uncomfortable. The discomfort will cause you to take action. Every dog needs a rabbit to chase.
So, here is the challenge. Look around your life and really take stock of your peers. Do they inspire you to be more? Do they enlighten and inform a new and better way of life? If not, it’s time to reassess. It’s not to say you toss them all aside, but instead restructure. Start folding more successful people into your life. You will soon find that your entire outlook on life is improving. With this new mindset, the realization of more and better goals will follow. If you wanna be a top dog, you’ve gotta surround yourself with impressive pedigree.
Stay hungry and stay Well Fed.
– C.R. Cohen.
Chelsea Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.