Enjoying the Process: What we can learn from Artists


One of my favorite artists is Chuck Close. Chuck is known for his photorealism and massive scale portraits. Even after he has a spinal artery collapse in 1988, he continued to paint and inspire. 

After recently watching the "Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress." documentary it really got me thinking about the process and what it means in order to get to where you want to get. 

I started noticing the parallels between Chuck's work and what goes into being your "greatness". This is your personal journey and a constant reminder to wake up and enjoy the process. Nothing is given to you. It must be earned. This is the cold hard truth in the world of fitness, health, and in Outdoor Recreation. If you want to get better, you have to put in the work. 

As a carefully crafted Team - we understand the process of putting in the work and providing the direction and accountability. This is, however, a 2-way street. You commit to us and we commit to you. When we talk about loving the process. It's going to be hard work. We work to understand your connection to being outside, what drives you, and what value you place into the Outdoors and Fitness. 

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.” 
― Chuck Close

 

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