by Crista Cloutier
Studies show that 60% of Americans fully regret their career choice. Are you part of that majority?
I once had a thriving career in the glamorous world of contemporary art. I was an international art dealer, I was the head of a renowned studio where I worked with significant artists and ran an award-winning gallery.
My life made beautiful music. But I hid a deep secret. As much as I loved my job, it had stopped playing my song. And no matter how fast I danced, I could never pick up the beat.
So I quit. I left my company, sold all of my possessions and moved to the French countryside by myself. And I don’t speak French. With nothing but the quiet whispers of my own thoughts to guide me, I slowly developed my own voice, my ideas, and before too long I was singing my song loudly and dancing in time. And more importantly, others began to dance with me.
Now I grant you that not everyone has the luxury of running away to France. (which is a true shame) But we all have it within our power to identify whether or not our lives are true expressions of ourselves. And to do something about it. Even when we don’t think we can.
I challenge you to ask yourself a few simple questions. Am I singing my song? Or someone else’s? Is anybody listening or is time to sing louder? And where are those dancing shoes?
Crista Cloutier is an artist who writes – about being an artist. Her online training program has helped thousands of other artists to sell their work and build an audience. Visit her at http://theworkingartist.com/.
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