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Art and Fear by David Bayles
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This is not *just* for the artist.
This is for the teacher who wants to become a better teacher, the mentor or coach who wants to help their clients overcome hurdles, the entrepreneur traveling a path no one in her life understands... This is for anyone who has the courage to live their dreams.

“fears about yourself prevent you from doing your best work, while fears about your reception by others prevent you from doing your own work.”

“Most of us spend most of our time in other peoples’ worlds — working at predetermined jobs, relaxing to pre-packaged entertainment — and no matter how benign this ready-made world may be, there will always be times when something is missing or doesn’t quite ring true.”

“And while a hundred civilizations have prospered (sometimes for centuries) without computers or windmills or even the wheel, none have survived even a few generations without art.”

“vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue.”

“catering to fears of being misunderstood leaves you dependent upon your audience. In the simplest yet most deadly scenario, ideas are diluted to what you imagine your audience can imagine, leading to work that is condescending, arrogant, or both. Worse yet, you disregard your own highest vision in the process.”
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