FLYING SOLO (Read time 0:53) Having a job means you have the option to "wing it.” Flying solo means you don’t have that option. Like it or not, if you’re living the life of an independent artist or entrepreneur, you’re alone at the helm. Oh sure, you may have a staff of assistants, band mates, collaborators, partners, a slew of advisors, a career consultant and a great coach, however the truth is, you’re the architect of your enterprise, the CEO of your world, and the “Don” of your empire. And your personal support team could be terminated at the snap of a finger (yours!) because you alone make the big “risky” choices and the uncertain, frightening decisions in your life and career.The life of an artist/trep is truly about self-motivation, self-dependence, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-validation. As an independent, crazy, creative genius, only you can motivate yourself to get up in the morning and create something that matters. Then, at the end of the day, it’s only you who truly knows what creative angst you’ve been through that day, what “inner” battles you’ve won or lost, who or what has challenged your efforts, and whether or not you surrendered to fear or resistance. At the end of the day, you rarely get an “atta boy” or a “you go girl,” because when your muse has given everything she’s got, it’s really only you who can acknowledge yourself for not giving up and surrendering to the pettiness of others or the pressures of money—whether you have too much or too little.Picasso said: “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” Steve Wozniak said: “Solitude has long been associated with art, creativity and transcendence.”Aldous Huxley said: “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”Bono said: “As a totally independent artist I have two instincts; I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.”What do you say?
J Michael Dolan

FLYING SOLO (Read time 0:53)

Having a job means you have the option to "wing it.” Flying solo means you don’t have that option.

Like it or not, if you’re living the life of an independent artist or entrepreneur, you’re alone at the helm. Oh sure, you may have a staff of assistants, band mates, collaborators, partners, a slew of advisors, a career consultant and a great coach, however the truth is, you’re the architect of your enterprise, the CEO of your world, and the “Don” of your empire. And your personal support team could be terminated at the snap of a finger (yours!) because you alone make the big “risky” choices and the uncertain, frightening decisions in your life and career.

The life of an artist/trep is truly about self-motivation, self-dependence, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-validation. As an independent, crazy, creative genius, only you can motivate yourself to get up in the morning and create something that matters. Then, at the end of the day, it’s only you who truly knows what creative angst you’ve been through that day, what “inner” battles you’ve won or lost, who or what has challenged your efforts, and whether or not you surrendered to fear or resistance. At the end of the day, you rarely get an “atta boy” or a “you go girl,” because when your muse has given everything she’s got, it’s really only you who can acknowledge yourself for not giving up and surrendering to the pettiness of others or the pressures of money—whether you have too much or too little.

Picasso said: “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.”

Steve Wozniak said: “Solitude has long been associated with art, creativity and transcendence.”

Aldous Huxley said: “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

Bono said: “As a totally independent artist I have two instincts; I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.”

What do you say?


COMMENTS


Posted By Jon Maier
Your article
Michael, Thank you for another great article. You are both insightful and knowledgable. You have taken the time to go into the mind and heart of each of us and help us to further understand ourrselves. Thank you! It is only when we can ourself that we can be truely effective. You are an inspiration!


Posted By Steve Wagner
Flying solo
I had begun wondering lately if I am some kind of freak. I enjoy being alone. I don't eschew humanity (hell, I walked up to Michael Dolan last Saturday, introduced myself and had a short, pleasant chat) but I work alone and I am pretty comfortable with it. When I am impressed, I tell myself I am genius. When I am not impressed, I remind myself that I just need to stick with it or walk away and work on something else (it really helps to have a lot of projects in-progress). Thanks for validating us art loners, Michael.


Posted By Paula Maya
FLYING SOLO
Thank you Michael! The synchronicity of this blog seems to be powerful with a lot of us, and I'm no different. Stepping strong into the role of the leader can be challenging, but productive. Daily solitude is essential to get into the desired zone of creation. But it's also very important to have fun, as Bono said. Building and supporting our local music community can be very rewarding, personal and business. And inspirational.


Posted By Clarise
flying solo
I Love what Rich had to say about his first solo flight. He described exactly what it's like for me everytime I step on stage. I also love the Aldous Huxley quote: "The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Solitude
Solitude helps you get yourself clear, and allows you to be a channel for the divine. Light passes through that which is transparent. Being in balance generates positive vibration, like a tuning fork, that resonates with others; reminding them of who and what they are: The divine, eternal life force of everything good.


Posted By Rich Meldon
Flying 1st Solo
Flying a single engine plane is FANTASTIC! This is the time when you have the technical & physical abilities that are prerequisite to being the Pilot of your own destiny! Even tho my 1st solo was 40+ years ago - I recall the sense of euphoria as I discovered Freedom in a 3 dimensional world! I recall validating my solo flying skills. I recall the sense of personal confidence after my 1st snoopy spin! I recall the challenge of landing safely before being engulfed in a low visibility front! I recall the beauty & majesty of a thunder cloud! I learned to fly because I dreamed of sharing a flight with my Dad--but he is flying with the angels now! God Bless him!


Posted By FreddieBrown
Lone Ranger
I love my own company...right now as I write, it is cold in Southern Cal today, I hear the wind sculpture that I got recently from one the Oppenheimer family who makes these wonderful kinetic sculptures.(I showed him your blog,Michael). Life can be so wonderful in solitude without feeling lonely. Solitude in a creative mind is doubly wonderful - tho as you say it begins and ends with yourself without so much as a "atta girl" or "bravo". I love the zen quiet without the daily mind clutter of chatter. Deepak Chopra seems to have this thing called "silent retreats". Flying solo is the best in my books.


Posted By Chico Fernandez
Flying Solo
So... When is your BEST SELLING book coming out? The Showbiz World needs your inspiration and support. You Go Michael!!!!


Posted By

Freedom can be an "alone" thing by its very nature. The self-employed solo artist has no one to pat his back, except, as Jane said, himself. Over the years I've gotten contentment from remembering that the art comes through me, that I've always been a vessel, that I'm attached to something very large, very brilliant and timeless. You'd be surprised at how quickly that alone feeling dissipates. And it returns only at bill-paying time... ;^)


Posted By Devlin Miles
Message received
Michael, I want you to know that your inspirational voice or message to write about this specific topic was received today by me- the loner, the indie artist, the soul seeker, and CEO of Devlin Miles. I often find inspiration from your words and pass them on, but this one was intended for me today ;-) Best, VALIDATED


Posted By rachel
you guys..you make me cry..
Wow. So true and THANK YOU ...all of you for such touching words, I so feel your pain as I feel mine. It IS hard to walk this journey, with no rewards to see..and you just know in yer ticker..some how, you just have to seek.. There is always perhaps.. Lots of love... rachel


Posted By Heather
Flying So High
I literally had a dream about firing my manager because of her inaction and lack of follow through, once again. My waking thought was," I've actually done it better on my own, I can do it again," and this article arrived in my inbox. No matter the relationship, it is always better to fly solo and high than be weighted down by fear, inaction, or any other expensive weight. None of us have the luxury of being weighed down by others/fear, etc. it's expensive and it'll make you crash your plane every time. Thanks, Michael. Now, when are you publishing a book with all your blogs?


Posted By PB
Places Everyone!
Indeed, this is a great reminder that "alone" is very different than "lonely." Knowing that others are out there working their lines, taking their place on the stage even if outside the spot light, honing their craft...makes it easier to hone my craft as well. Places everyone!


Posted By Susan
Born free
I was just having a weak moment—feeling a bit sorry for myself, feeling “alone” in my artistic ventures, when this wisdom snapped me out of it, and you pointed to the fact that it’s the nature of my work to be alone. This is what I’ve chosen, this is what I love, this is what I’m born to do and to be. Thanks for the reminder.


Posted By WOZ
Seek and ye shall find
Central to many soul-searching paths are the seekers; Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Ghandi——who venture off the beaten path, alone, in solitude, independent of others, and bring profound insights back to the community.


Posted By Jane Janes
You Go Girl!
Yes, there is an up side to flying solo and the up side is what lured me into my creative work in the first place. But everything has a down side too. The trick for me is not to get stuck in the sticky down side, and to give myself a “You go, Girl!!” and a high five now and then. I think many of us creative types are hard on ourselves and need to remember to give ourselves some love and acknowledgment. Also my mentors and true friends support my successes and my trials as well.

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• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• 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)