When There's a Hole in Your Boat (0:9) There's a hole in your boat, water is coming in and there's no way to fix the hole. Given you’re a creative genius, you immediately realize that there are only two possible options: Sink, or bail water out faster than it’s coming in.“Triumph bows at the feet of any steadfast artiste” —Apollo, mythical god of music, arts, and knowledge.
J Michael Dolan

When There's a Hole in Your Boat (0:9)

There's a hole in your boat, water is coming in and there's no way to fix the hole. Given you’re a creative genius, you immediately realize that there are only two possible options: Sink, or bail water out faster than it’s coming in.

“Triumph bows at the feet of any steadfast artiste” —Apollo, mythical god of music, arts, and knowledge.


COMMENTS


Posted By wichampi sky

I would always go in a boat with a life jacket on and a dingy with a rope.Life has more options than sinking or bailing out of a hopeless situation.An artist must be realistic about all aspects of life.Live for what you believe in and proceed with a passion - yes Compromising your safety to the point of "drowning" is not using creative genius at all.


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Hole in Your Boat
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah !!! .


Posted By Kitia
WikiApollo
Given you're an inpiring author and a good person, Michael, I wonder what Apollo was that: 11, 12, 13? Cheers.


Posted By JTG
....or
...or, maybe get another boat! btw I love your blogs, very inspiring, sometimes just when I need to be. thanks


Posted By Rachel Walker
Endue a...that a way..!
Good morning Michael! For myself, when obstacles block momentum, it's okay to speak up and admit it, and then find a better way to do a much better job! This is what I am finding anyaways...the focus..is still the focus in a journey well travelled. :-) Have a super day! Rachel :-)


Posted By Vernon
Back-up plan
This is an allegory for life. Don't let setbacks get in the way of goals. The ultimate goal is to live a life of purpose and meaning. The hole in the boat is a metaphor for a life lesson. Take advantage of life lessons and move on to greater things. Maybe a cold dip in the water is just what I needed at that moment.


Posted By Sam Stinger
Never stop
If you're†committed†to growing, maintaining or saving your independent creative career, you've got to keep coming up with ways to keep the boat-a-float! Keep bailing until you reach the shore!†Stuff your shirt into the hole to slow down the sinking! Got a cell phone?†Poke another hole in the boat to let the water drain? Start swimming! Never stop inventing new ways to get where you want to go!


Posted By Beth
Simple Truth
Simplicity at its best Michael!


Posted By GM
Bailouts are good!
As CEO of my company, I accepted a "bailout" from another company---best thing I ever did!


Posted By Robert Manning
Great quote
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." óDale Carnegie

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