“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure” Prov. 11:14

As I’ve never had a mentor as such, I have gone to those who have fought the good fight, in one form or another, before me. I try to identify the weakness’s and peculiarities of my personality that need to be tweaked in order for me to reach my goals. This list–not exhaustive but succinct– is broken down into four groups that I’ve found important to me.

The credits are given at the end as this is how I read and reread them, one after another without interruption, to help absorb the message.

On Work

  • Learn on the fly… Mobility is the secret.
  • Be oriented towards and compulsive about the work. Make it your addiction.
  • Draw a great deal and do not reflect too much.
  • The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
  • Draw constantly, study nature, and look at great works of art.
  • Use the ability you have, and use it, and use it, and make it develop itself.
  • Like to do your work as much as a dog likes to gnaw a bone and go at it with equal interest and exclusion of everything else.

On Failure

  • Accept rejection as part of the process.Self Portrait 24x20 oil on board MTMcClanahan
  • Be patient…don’t worry about results.
  • Winning means being unafraid to lose.
  • Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.
  • If you’re not being rejected, you’re not trying hard enough.

On Flow

  • You can’t force it. You can’t just say, “today I’ll paint a master piece”.
  • The proper way to grow, is by releasing growth.

On Perseverance

  • The most important task you have is to keep at it.
  • Never, never, never, never give up.
  • All wealthy men are persistent.
  • Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
  • The development of an artist is a gradual process evolving from the daily fact of going into the studio and working. There are no short cuts.
  • It isn’t easy being a good student. It requires great perseverance, patience, and hard work.
  • See each work as a study. Know that finish is a matter of a lifetime.

On Work •Price Pritchett •? •Matisse •Proverbs 13:4 •Nathan Goldstein •? •Robert Henri
On Failure •? •William Shultz •Fran Tarkenton •Basil King •Jeffery Mayer
On Flow •Helmut Gransow •Paul Hawhen
On Perseverance •Molly Barnes •Winston Churchhillf •Napoleon Hill •Reggie Leach •Barabara Nechis •Barabara Nechis •William Schultz

Image: Self Portrait 24×20 oil on board MTMcClanahan

MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

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