Today, we will be talking about “Art & Money – revolutionize the way you see wealth as a creative”. I’ve been studying several books on that topic and trying to change my own view around money. This is a very sensitive topic for many, but I want to speak to you about what really helped me and touched the core of my relationship with finance, and suggest an experiment at the end of the podcast that might revolutionize the way we see money as artists. But first, let’s get into the updates.
- I discovered the new Ted Dekker novel “49th Mystic” and am reading it, although it’s probably not as good as the circle trilogy which I loved. But I’m just glad to read something in this universe again!
- Also, reading a new dystopian novel, “Red Rising” by Pierce brown or either listening to it on my way to Austria – I love audiobooks!
- As long as we are talking dystopias, I have binged the first season of “Handmaid’s Tale” in spring and now am watching season two – I really love it despite the often depressing atmosphere. It had me in tears several times, and I love the productions design, costumes and cinematography for the stunning world they created.
- In film, I’ve watched “Maze Runner 3” on DVD and have to say that I enjoyed several bits although I’m not a big fan of YA. But what I loved was the relationship development and that the love interest was some sort of villain the audience can really sympathize with because she is doing the right thing for the right reasons – just not in the right way. As you probably can tell – I love dystopia! That’s why I wrote one myself.
Art & Money – revolutionize the way you see wealth as a creative
Research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts. A study by the American Medical Association found that stress is a factor in 75% of all illnesses and diseases that people suffer from today. The association between stress and disease is a colossal 85%. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization has concluded that 80% of cancers are due to lifestyles and are not genetic, and they say this is a conservative number.
So it’s true that thoughts can transform our health and thus substance. Our thoughts determine our lives. And the same goes with our thoughts about money. What if what you THINK about money could be the only indicator of how much of it you have? What if – by exploring and changing your thoughts about money – you could actually change your financial situation?
Napoleon Hill – among others – claims that this is not even possible, but an inevitable law. He bases that claim upon years of research where he studied the lives of wealthy people.
What we believe and what we think of money determines our financial situation. Money is like a multiplier – the more you have of it, the more it will bring out your initial qualities and thoughts about money.
Money IS an issue
But first and foremost, let’s make this clear: Money will not make you happy. Countless examples of drugged and suicidal people with millions on their bank accounts demonstrated that. So when we talk money, we need to define what we mean by that.
What does money represent for you? Do you really want more money? Or do you want more financial freedom to do what you love? Do you want more time and fewer worries?
Well, there is one thing that you need to understand: You will need to settle your relationship with money and very clearly determine how you think and feel about it instead of ignoring it.
That’s what I did for years. Ignored the big scary and nasty word: money. Wealth? Nah! I want to be an artist! I want to be free, and I don’t need riches, only enough to get by. If it were up to me, I’d rather “money” be something that handles itself on the side, automatically, without me giving it a thought.
But I was wrong, and so are most artists. We NEED money. Why? Not because we are greedy. Not because we chase ambition (which, probably, most of us subconsciously do, a little tiny bit …). Because we want to keep making art, inspiring the world, enriching the people around us. Because I want to be able to be generous with the people around me, and because I want to have freedom. Yes, money is important. It IS an issue, and this is what we need to admit first. Money is important and we need deal with it.
What do you desire?
Just honestly ask the question now: What you REALLY think about money? And what do you think about your own relationship with money?
Deep down in my mind, I always thought that I don’t need money. Maybe even with a slight hint that money is something “bad”. Desiring money and riches? No. I would not allow myself that. I would even subconsciously look down on people who thought money is important as if pitying them for their lack of creativity and sensitivity, for being so superficial.
But I was wrong, and I think most artists are. We look down on business people because we think they are superficial for focusing on profit instead of learning from them.
The problem with negative thoughts about money, thoughts like: Money is bad, I don’t need money, I will never be wealthy, I will always live like a starving artist – those thoughts are like an antimagnetic for money. If you think of you as a starving artist, even subconsciously – you will always be one.
Our association with the word “money“ often has an ugly flavour. So instead, think of money as a form of energy. Neither good nor bad, just energy. And it’s up to you how you use that energy.
Also, like a magnet or anti magnet for money, our thoughts attract that energy. You CAN develop a state of mind that attracts riches.
For that, you must have the desire to attract money. In fact, you must visualize yourself having that money, you must see yourself in possession of it. Desire is a principle, and it works the same way with success and everything else we want to attract.
For me, having this desire means overcoming that negative association with money, maybe even a form of fear I have when I imagine myself wealthy. As if I didn’t deserve it. As if it was something bad, negative, un-noble to be in possession of wealth. It’s good to be humble. It’s good to not be dependent on money, because, as mentioned before, money won’t buy you happiness.
If you want money to be happy, you’re starting off on the wrong foot. But if you want money for freedom, spending more time with your family, doing what you love and being generous with others, then you need to understand that DESIRE is the first step to attracting that financial energy.
What do you believe?
Is it true that our only limitations are those in our minds?
Napoleon Hill set out to test this self-imposed theory when his son was born without ears and thus, without a hearing organ. The doctors said he would be deaf and mute for life. But Hill did not accept that, and instead, planted the belief inside his son’s mind that he would one day eventually be able to hear, and that his disability would be a gain in his life, not a disadvantage.
Over the course of his life, his son learned how to hear with the help of a hearing device, which was in itself physically impossible, and he helped countless others with this disability, turning it into an advantage.
In his book, Hill states:
“FAITH is the basis of all “miracles,” and all mysteries which cannot be analyzed by the rules of science! FAITH is the only known antidote for FAILURE! FAITH is the element, the “chemical” which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.”
Whether you are religious or not, but it cannot be denied that placebos work and people with a strong belief even receive healing from cancer. If and how this can be scientifically proven we will learn eventually.
It’s also widely known that successful businessmen use the power of visualization and faith to improve their companies. Faith works in all its forms, and you will eventually become who you believe yourself to be.
If you believe you’ll always be a starving artist, you will be. If you believe you’ll always be poor, you will be.
How faith is born
Unfortunately, faith is not something we can produce in our lives with the snip of a finger. It’s not that you can tell yourself: “I believe.”, and it will automatically be so.
In order to have faith, you have to plant it in your heart daily and feed your mind with the right thoughts to develop faith over time, just like Napoleon Hill did it with his son over years and years. Because faith comes from a deep part inside of you that has to be born, and it takes time to grow, just like a seed.
“It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false.“ – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
So in order to develop faith, you first have to destroy all the false beliefs you have about money. Be honest with yourself and erase all the misconceptions about wealth from your heart. Then, write down the new faith-statements you want to instil into your heart and repeat them daily.
If you want your faith to grow more effectively, read books on those topics, and surround yourself with people who have the same beliefs and will help you grow and think the right way. Because faith comes also from hearing, not only what you say to yourself but what others say as well. So be careful about who you surround yourself with daily and what their statements about money and faith are. You will quickly discover how you subconsciously take over other people’s beliefs, whether they’re positive or negative.
Faith is not hoping – act accordingly
There is a huge difference between hope and faith. If you hope for something, you desire it to eventually become reality one day, but you are never sure if those hopes will come true.
If you believe something, it has become a reality in your mind already, and you are SURE that it will come true eventually.
How does true belief manifest itself? In actions. Act as if you already possessed what you believe for. And I don’t mean spending a million dollars as if you already possessed them. But if you had the money you desire, how would you live? What would your state of mind be? What would you spend your time on, and how would you spend it?
Be generous with your time and money. Be secure about the next day and stop worrying. Because you BELIEVE that wealth is possible for you.
“There is a difference between wishing and being READY. You’re only ready when you believe.“ – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Now, I’d like to propose an experiment for all the creatives listening out there, especially those struggling with money. It’s a 5 step system from Napoleon Hill’s book that I’ve slightly modified for artists, and I’d all of us to take part in that experiment until the end of the year, and share the results before new year’s eve. I know I will let you know how it went, but I hope you will share your results and well!
So here are the five steps:
- Fix your mind on the exact amount you desire. It has to be a definite amount, best defined as your monthly income, or a sum you’d like to have in your account. If you have followed last week’s episode on dreamlining, you might have worked out the amount you wish for to make your dreams come true already. Write down the exact amount.
- What do you intend to give in return? This one is tricky, but you need to realize that from nothing comes nothing. You need to think about ways of what you’ll give in return. And as an artist, it has to be something that you create to help others, entertain or solve a problem. What product do you want to create? What are you intending to give in return for that money to come in?
I think it’s best to define several streams of income for that, be it several projects you take on, or maybe a job you have on the side.
- Set a definite date for your projects and of course, for the money. For the sake of the experiment, I propose December 20th.
- Write a plan. This is your blueprint. Write down the definite amount of money, the deadline and your plan of acquiring it with your art. It cannot be too long, only several definitive sentences.
- Read this written statement aloud every day – Hill even suggests every morning and evening – and while you do it, feel and see yourself in possession of that money and also the accomplished projects that change the lives of others.
And although I’m not comfortable yet to share the amount of money, I will share my step nr. 2 – my projects – with you on the next personal update, when I have worked out my statement. I’m determined as I do have the DESIRE and want to create the FAITH in my heart. I will also share a list of books to help your faith grow over the next 6 months. What about you? Are you ready for a financial revolution?
The experiment will take time, but imagine the amazing results!
What do you have to lose except for your starving artist existence?
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Next week, we have an interview with Jennifer Oaks, a romance author from Canada, and Jennifer is just amazing fun to talk with! We have a great chat about successful time-management, discovering your process, story and character development.