BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57) Once the great Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi finally battled his way through poverty, resistance, fear and doubt, he planted his flag atop the highest peak of riches and fame and shouted his most profound victory cry so that all artists & entrepreneurs throughout eternity could learn the great secret of how to be victorious:"Create like a god!  Command like a King!  Work like a Slave!" Create like a god: Make something from nothing and create with abandon. Get out of the way and allow “IT” to come through you: songs, books, scripts, scores, products, start-ups, designs, photography, videos, websites, television shows, movies, art, inventions, new technology, etc. Be mindful of when doubt and fear sabotage the flow of great ideas, and learn to create a “clearing” for creative inspiration to flow through you like the blood pumping in your veins!Command like a King: With intelligence, confidence, and your own style of cockiness, forever ban pettiness and ego from your creative world and insist that all those who work at your side and participate in your projects demonstrate unwavering loyalty, honesty, commitment and integrity—or they’re out!Work like a Slave: The biggest insult you can say about a successful person is “they were lucky.” There’s no such thing as “luck,” it’s an old worn out myth! The only reason professional artists & entrepreneurs achieve success is because they take big risks and work their ass off!  They've learned that the only way to achieve their grand desires and impossible dreams is to remove their socks, walk across the hot coals, and DO THE WORK! And while the amateur pauses to admire his creation, the professional works to improve his...and never stops improving it!Your thoughts?
J Michael Dolan

BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)

Once the great Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi finally battled his way through poverty, resistance, fear and doubt, he planted his flag atop the highest peak of riches and fame and shouted his most profound victory cry so that all artists & entrepreneurs throughout eternity could learn the great secret of how to be victorious:

"Create like a god!  Command like a King!  Work like a Slave!"

Create like a god: Make something from nothing and create with abandon. Get out of the way and allow “IT” to come through you: songs, books, scripts, scores, products, start-ups, designs, photography, videos, websites, television shows, movies, art, inventions, new technology, etc. Be mindful of when doubt and fear sabotage the flow of great ideas, and learn to create a “clearing” for creative inspiration to flow through you like the blood pumping in your veins!

Command like a King: With intelligence, confidence, and your own style of cockiness, forever ban pettiness and ego from your creative world and insist that all those who work at your side and participate in your projects demonstrate unwavering loyalty, honesty, commitment and integrity—or they’re out!

Work like a Slave: The biggest insult you can say about a successful person is “they were lucky.” There’s no such thing as “luck,” it’s an old worn out myth! The only reason professional artists & entrepreneurs achieve success is because they take big risks and work their ass off!  They've learned that the only way to achieve their grand desires and impossible dreams is to remove their socks, walk across the hot coals, and DO THE WORK! And while the amateur pauses to admire his creation, the professional works to improve his...and never stops improving it!

Your thoughts?


COMMENTS


Posted By Mihae
Thanks!!
Absolutely right... Although I have hard time being the KING, I am sure going to try hard this year!! Thanks, just what I needed to start this new year...


Posted By Rachel
Talents, not wasted....
At the end of the day, in the dawn of eve, we lay down our head, the night upon us, a sweet peace lingers, for we have done our best, our hands are clean, we seek to serve ,to love our brother. The pillow is sweet, and we sleep. Rachel


Posted By Ken Budka
Fantastic!
as always...


Posted By Goran
Well said
I love those statements, Michael. So true! Unfortunately, many people are clueless. The world "just happens" around them. A long time ago I came across these fantastic quote that was engraved into my mind: "There are 3 types of people in the world: People that make things happen, People that watch things happen, and People that wonder what happened!"


Posted By VAMPLIFIED®
Wow!
I love it! That is it! You hit it on the nose with undisputable truth. I couldn't have said it better. Happy New Year!


Posted By Yac-Yan Da Biznessman
Life of an artist.
Dope!


Posted By Spunky Munkey
And Never Give Up
Yes and Happy New Year


Posted By Mark Nakagawa
Heads Up:)
As we are coming to the end of a tough year for the many of us in the world of entrepreneurism, creativity and art, I must thank you, Mr.Dolan, for reminding us that passion and art are the foundations of human intelligence. To all that have fallen, "pick yourself up and show the world that happiness is more than a nice car and a few bucks!" Here's to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Posted By Denise L. Cook, The ORACLE
Create Like a G-d.....
Create Like A G-d, Command Like A King, and Work Like A Dog. Thank you Michael for putting it so succinctly. I endeavor to live my life by this very edict, daily, moment for moment. With your permission, I would like to read this, word for word, giving credit to you, on my radio show. The show can be heard via phone/computer by calling in to 805-285-9772 on Sunday's, 3-3:30 at BlogTalkRadio.com/Denise-Lyles-Cook. I'll be broadcasting this Sunday and would love to share this anecdote with my listening audience. You are certainly welcome to call in if you like. 805-285-9772, Sunday, 3-3:30 at BlogTalkRadio.com/Denise-Lyles-Cook


Posted By Jerry Gerber
Luck
Hard work, skill, discipline, imagination, confidence--these things are as important as ever and go a long way to build a career, a life, a character. But for some reason, we in the 21st century have a really hard time admitting that, yes, luck still exists. The ancients respected luck but had no science or reason to counteract superstition and irrational thinking. But today, we banish the idea of luck altogether, as though it never happens. The other day I was crossing the street and a car came bolting around the corner after ignoring a stop sign. The driver slammed on his brakes and the car stopped literally a few inched from my body. I was lucky. I was born into a middle class family in the mid-20th century in a western country, lucky again. Jerry Gerber www.jerrygerber.com


Posted By Bernard
Bible
Thanks!


Posted By steph pappas
Victory Cry
Still would like to believe in ali bit of luck that it still exist. Though I do know what ya mean about getting there via hard work.


Posted By Monica Ridder
A Slave
I work like a slave alright, just not in the field I want. I must begin working like a slave in all my creative projects, songwriting, acting, screenplays. Thanks for the wake up call Mr. Brancusi!


Posted By Dan Davis
There is not such think as luck....
Bla Bla Bla... The rest is nice. Thanks!


Posted By Rich
Victory Cry
Very thought provoking! Very Inspiring! These words are a reminder of a proven formula for living life from creativity. Let us not exclude those with "real jobs". Entrepreneurs create real jobs when they choose not to do it all! Ideally, each of us has the opportunity to create, command, and work in a supportive environment. There are far more supporting actors than there are stars! What better way to learn how to be a star than to work with one! what better way is there to learn how to relate with poverty (scarcity), resistance, fear and doubt! I thankyou for your contribution!


Posted By Tim Gerwing
last words
hi - the last sentence of this article is unfortunate, and undermines the strength of the message. Why make a joke about getting a "real job" when you've just finished talking about what real "Work" is? It's precisely this kind of self-undermining humour that is the voice of self-doubt and permission not to commit :-)


Posted By Rachel
Great!
Thank you Michael - inspiring piece of literature!


Posted By K. Desmond
It IS a REAL JOB...
Great piece, but for some of us this is the only REAL job we want. Its hard to wake up with a great song in your head that you have to ignore to go off to another job, or get up in time for a scheduled job when you've been in the studio all night on a creative jag finishing a recording.


Posted By TShaka Mayanja
Fantastic
This is a fantastic piece, to live by. Many thanks!


Posted By Marta Springer
I'm not a king
The biggest problem I have is that I run a small company (7 employees) and I am not a king. I'm too nice, and I pay the price for that. I need to learn to stand up for those ideals that I believe are more valuable than anything: loyalty, honesty, commitment and integrity. Thank you Michael for this timely reminder.


Posted By Rami
Rules
These are 3 simple rules that seem to ultimately cover every aspect of my career. "Long Live Brancusi!"


Posted By John
Victory Cry
Good read


Posted By molly
Creating
I would take issue with Constatine that We humans are not gods,but we need the human to Get out of the way for God to flow thru us, as J Michael said. Doubts and fears are the human Part that gets in the way. We can't stop being Human---we just need to not allow it to get in The way. Walk around it. Being commanding Is my main challenge. Any suggestions for Upping that one? Working like a slave is not So bad when I realize I'm also the Master driving The slave, and the Master benefits. I have to Remember to let the slave rest and eat. This is the journey I have chosen...

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• 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)