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.”

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