It was about nine years ago, when I ran across this excerpt from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt. This speech changed my life and my point of view of people who criticized my ability to succeed.
I am working on a video that is about taking negative criticism, so I’ve been inspired to share it with you:
” It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”
— Theodore Roosevelt
Here is the video I recently did about some of the negative critics I have had, and how I deal with them.
When you hold on to your vision, no one can ever stop you.
Stay endlessly inspired by the stuff of life. Love you. –Rafi
It’s not every day that I get to cross something off of my bucket list. As a kid, I remember being mesmerized by the the carousel horses at Six Flags Great America. This year, I was given a blank horse and asked to make it look beautiful.
“Do what you want with it, I trust you.” He said.
There is just something magical about them. When you are a kid, they can easily spark the imagination… Oh, who am I kidding, as an adult they spark my imagination. As an artist, I think it is such a great opportunity to tell a story using such familiar imagery.
Think about it, if you give a hundred artists the same blank horse, you will get a hundred different horses. Each one telling a unique story. A story that reflects the artists that created it.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the opportunity to design another carousel horse, but the fact that there is one out in the world, with my signature on it is so exciting to me.
The connection we experience with the world is quite extensive. This particular series represents the growth we all experience in simply being. Like a tree we grow constantly, whether it is physically or spiritually, we are growing. We are constantly reaching up for the heavens, while also growing underneath the surface… It’s really amazing.
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