Bob Dylan can’t sing or play guitar.

“Sing in your own voice. Picasso was a terrible colorist. Turner couldn’t paint human beings worth a damn. Saul Steinberg’s formal drafting skills were appalling. T.S. Eliot had a full-time day job. Henry Miller was a wildly uneven writer. Bob Dylan can’t sing or play guitar.

But that didn’t stop them, right?

So I guess the next question is, “Why not?”

I have no idea. Why should it? No one person can be good at everything. The really good artists, the really successful entrepreneurs, figure out how to circumvent their limitations, figure out how to turn their weaknesses into strengths. The fact that Turner couldn’t draw human beings very well left him no choice but to improve his landscape paintings, which have no equal.

Had Bob Dylan been more of a technical virtuoso, he might not have felt the need to give his song lyrics such power and resonance.

Don’t make excuses. Just shut the hell up and get on with it. Time waits for no one.”

Hugh MacLeod

From Ignore Everyone: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity which I would recommend for anyone who is or wants to be creative…or who is breathing.

Photo Credit: brizzle born and bred


“When we follow our intuitive sense of what’s true and right for us, and do what we genuinely feel energy for, we always seem to have enough money to be, do, and have the things we truly need and want.”

Shakti Gawain from “Creating True Prosperity”

Skakti was writing about prosperity so it makes sense that she writes about money in the quote above. When I read this quote I sometimes plug in the words “resources,” “energy,” “support,” “courage” or “conviction” in place of the word “money,” because it feels more expansive to me.

Do you ever walk into something you are obligated to do, but strongly do not want to do and notice that things just seem to keep getting worse? That’s how we got the expression, “When it rains it pours.” In both cases, the same principle applies.

So I guess the question is, what’s it raining?