GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53) So perhaps you’re thinking if you’re “lucky” enough, some day you’ll make it. Really? Do you really think that? Still, after all these years? After all the times she’s let you down, you still believe that Lady Luck really cares about you? I’m not sure. She’s never around in the beginning of a project when you really need her; yet she’s always there to claim the credit AFTER the prize has been won. People always say, “Boy, were you lucky,” or “Man, were they lucky,” or they walk away in a huff and proclaim, “Some people have all the luck!” Our hard work and dedication seldom get the credit, because “Lady Luck” always grabs the perk AFTER the fact. Heck, she even shows up at the Academy Awards and claims the credit right on TV, saying “I feel so “LUCKY” to be among such a talented group of nominees.”So it’s time to let her go. I know, I know she’s been there (hiding in the shadows) all your life, but she’s too elusive and unreliable—she’s a flake at best and the truth is she only exists when you say she does. Plus, (need I repeat myself) she’s never around in the beginning of a project when you’re the one busting your ass doing all the work! It’s time to cut her loose, give her the boot and slam the door behind her!I want to introduce you to a new flame. A real hottie! She’s sharp, count-on-able, reliable and someone you can really trust. Plus, she’s always on your side, no matter what, without ego. She’s also someone who’ll come through for you time after time and she will respectfully step aside and allow YOU to take the well-deserved credit. Her name is “Muse” and you’re gonna love her. She’s your creative spirit, your inspiration, your intuition and your bright ideas. She’s the stand you take, the word you give and the 10,000 hours you’ve put into your career. She’s a lover, a giver, a partner and a best friend, and her only request is that you silence your inner critic, and heed her soft whisper of wisdom. Get to know your Muse, embrace her and honor her. With great respect and love, she patiently dwells deep in your soul, waiting to be expressed, eagerly anticipating your acknowledgement and anxiously awaiting her call to action. She’s so intelligent, so brilliant, that some great sages insist that she knows EVERYTHING! She wants to help you write that music, finish that book, sell that script and splash paint all over that canvas. She’s there to help you make executive decisions and there to help tweak your website. Heck, Lady Luck hung around your neck like a noose and did nothing but watch you hang! What have you got to loose? Why not give your “Muse” a chance?Someone once said: “Jump, and the net will appear.” I suggest that you simply TRUST your own judgment, your own intuition, your own creative spirit and your own talent. Then follow your Muse in the direction SHE wants to go. I’d love to here your whisper of wisdom...
J Michael Dolan

GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)

So perhaps you’re thinking if you’re “lucky” enough, some day you’ll make it. Really? Do you really think that? Still, after all these years? After all the times she’s let you down, you still believe that Lady Luck really cares about you? I’m not sure. She’s never around in the beginning of a project when you really need her; yet she’s always there to claim the credit AFTER the prize has been won. People always say, “Boy, were you lucky,” or “Man, were they lucky,” or they walk away in a huff and proclaim, “Some people have all the luck!” Our hard work and dedication seldom get the credit, because “Lady Luck” always grabs the perk AFTER the fact. Heck, she even shows up at the Academy Awards and claims the credit right on TV, saying “I feel so “LUCKY” to be among such a talented group of nominees.”

So it’s time to let her go. I know, I know she’s been there (hiding in the shadows) all your life, but she’s too elusive and unreliable—she’s a flake at best and the truth is she only exists when you say she does. Plus, (need I repeat myself) she’s never around in the beginning of a project when you’re the one busting your ass doing all the work! It’s time to cut her loose, give her the boot and slam the door behind her!

I want to introduce you to a new flame. A real hottie! She’s sharp, count-on-able, reliable and someone you can really trust. Plus, she’s always on your side, no matter what, without ego. She’s also someone who’ll come through for you time after time and she will respectfully step aside and allow YOU to take the well-deserved credit. Her name is “Muse” and you’re gonna love her. She’s your creative spirit, your inspiration, your intuition and your bright ideas. She’s the stand you take, the word you give and the 10,000 hours you’ve put into your career. She’s a lover, a giver, a partner and a best friend, and her only request is that you silence your inner critic, and heed her soft whisper of wisdom.

Get to know your Muse, embrace her and honor her. With great respect and love, she patiently dwells deep in your soul, waiting to be expressed, eagerly anticipating your acknowledgement and anxiously awaiting her call to action. She’s so intelligent, so brilliant, that some great sages insist that she knows EVERYTHING! She wants to help you write that music, finish that book, sell that script and splash paint all over that canvas. She’s there to help you make executive decisions and there to help tweak your website. Heck, Lady Luck hung around your neck like a noose and did nothing but watch you hang! What have you got to loose? Why not give your “Muse” a chance?

Someone once said: “Jump, and the net will appear.” I suggest that you simply TRUST your own judgment, your own intuition, your own creative spirit and your own talent. Then follow your Muse in the direction SHE wants to go.

I’d love to here your whisper of wisdom...

COMMENTS


Posted By Matt Moran
The muse and more...
Many years ago I read Stephen King's book, "On Writing" - a great read. I loved his take on your muse.. basically, don't wait on your muse, instead, show up at the same time and place so your muse knows where to find you! I wrote this blog entry in response: The Writer Defined, the search for the silver bullet, and stroking the muse.. http://www.mattmoranonline.com/2005/09/17/writer-defined-the-search-for-the-silver-bullet-and-stroking-the-muse/ Thanks for the great posts.. I look forward to them.


Posted By Luigi Cappel
My Muse
I love my muse. I don't know where it comes from, but it comes up with great songs. I recently decided to take action again, been hiding from the cold (Its winter down under) and bought some goal setting software for my iPad, which I have loaded a pile of goals into. Am working towards a plan including recording some of my new songs in the studio and getting them heard in some clubs around town.


Posted By Rachel
Muse
Hi Michael! I think that is a nice post. I agree, luck, fame, is fickle, like the wind, always changing and so quickly..who can build a foundation on this...wisdom, however, is aged, and lasting, secure and helpful. Wisdom, however does not come except through trial and humility, perhaps suffering...but with hope, because it knows that in the end, goodness is recieved. Thank you Michael. Rachel


Posted By Larry
Muse
Here is a song I wrote: "Jubal was a boy with a lot on his mind; Muse was the girl that he was lucky to find. She listened to all the things that he had to say; and took him out every day. It all started late one night in the rain; Jubal saw the Muse and he was never the same. He picked up his instrument and started to sing, then broke his only string! How aMUSEing!" (next verse) "Jubal sang of Muse and it was 'number-one'; And everybody knew Jubal under the sun. Had a 6-string bow made of rock and roll; and blues down in his soul. You can hear him playin' every night until 2; At the local bar or local chat-and-chew. Singing of his Muse and all that she can do . . . and all she's put him through! Still aMUSEing!" Jubal is the name of the Biblical character who invented music, btw. Thanks for the blog. I always read and enjoy, whether I manage to respond or not. Larry


Posted By Carole J 'Artist McCoy
Muse
A'Mused, My muse is magical. Patient, Inspirational, Intentional, Creative, Intuitive, Disciplined, =Preparation=opportunity=success!


Posted By woodywoodham
I don't trust my judgement
If a house is on fire is it still on fire if you refuse to acknowledge it??? Would anyone buy my commercial building in Prescott that cost me 300k that I would let go for 150k and lease back for 14 grand a year? The answer to my first question is yes, the answer to the second question is nobody believes this stuff anymore.


Posted By ol goob
mmmmmuse
The muse is the only reason I'm in this f*cked up business. It is the only thing that keeps me going in it. She's one of life's biggest thrills.


Posted By rick cobian
music
Love your stuff. Thank you!


Posted By Jez
yeah!
Totally awesome and inspiring! Thank you, I needed to be Reminded of this.


Posted By Rami
Good bye luck
The line "and the truth is she only exists when you say she does." is right on Michael!


Posted By Sasson-D
Muse
I find it difficult to separate the noise in my head with the whisper of my muse. Maybe that's because I'm lucky:-)


Posted By Mari May
Good bye luck
I love the line "silence your inner critic and heed her soft whisper of wisdom." Thank you Michael for once for once again reminding me to not listen to that voice in my head, and heed the wisdom of my heart.

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• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)