We all have strengths. What are yours?
I love how Seth Godin defines “art” in Linchpin.
“What makes someone an artist? I don’t think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren’t artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artist who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.” tweet
I have seen and experienced these artists without the paintbrushes. As in the examples above, my accountant is an artist with numbers, so thankfully I don’t have to be. In a café I frequent there is a customer service artist that always has the biggest smile and remembers my name and the names of everyone else. As an introvert, I like to consider myself an artist of business models in developing better ways to serve those I work with as well as our clientele.
Godin goes on to say “Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”
I am definitely not good with a paintbrush; my skills with that medium are probably about the same as when I was 10 or 11. I do have introvert gifts that I like to call art. However, I have only considered myself an “artist” the past few years, once I started looking at my introvert traits as strengths instead of weaknesses.