What does the word artist represent to you? Do you think of Picasso, or Rembrandt. Maybe you are more musically inclined and pop stars or rock bands on big stages comes to mind. Admiring people of great works of art can be inspiring but it can also be staggering. Many times we think, “Wow, I wish I could do something great.” In our admiration, we distance ourselves from ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We hide behind our perceived lack of talent when most of the time the only thing distancing us from who we are and who we want to be is lack of effort. Like Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great.” Start with what you have. Put yourself out there. With social media and the countless virtual ways to access people all over the world, our reach is amazing. Somebody, somewhere wants what you have to offer. If you have started sharing whatever talent or skill you bring to the world, I applaud you. Now keep going. Keep improving. Keep reaching. Do not let doubters or cynics get to you. Remember, It’s for who it’s for. Seth Godin says in many talks he gives, share your art with ten people and if your product is good then they will share it. If they don’t share it then either your product needs work or you have the wrong ten people. When I say art or speak of artists I am talking about anything you create in anyway that is a benefit to others in anyway. Truly we are all artists. We are all built with the capacity to be creators. Use your talents. Share your art. Allow your greatness to show. Give yourself permission to bless the world with your creativity. After all, you are an artist! We are waiting for you!