Entrepreneurship is a form of art, not a science. You can’t go with it by the book. If you do, I hope there’s enough cash behind you to burn until you figure it out. But if you are truly passionate about what you do then you let your dreams, passions, guts & feelings guide you down the chaotic road of entrepreneurship.
Artists are very similar to entrepreneurs, in so many ways. Therefore there is a lot to learn by studying their work and life philosophies. Here are only a few things we can learn from one of the greatest artists of the last century, Picasso:
“Good artists copy… great artists steal…“ It is not a coincidence that this Picasso quote was Steve Jobs’ favourite. There are multiple interpretations for it, but one way to think about it is that you need to go first where others would and could go. Do something before someone else does it. The world is full of opportunities ready to be exploited. Many people are looking for them. You can’t just expect them come your way. You need to go get them – steal them!
“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do” See if Picasso had painted a violin in a conventional, sensible way it would probably look great to everybody. Instead, he did something that it may still doesn’t make sense to the masses, but is indeed an extraordinary piece of work, especially appreciated from those who truly understand art. You don’t need to make sense to everyone. Find your niche and make sense to those who care. That’s when you can claim special.
Picasso once said “…an artist works of necessity…” You can’t be an artist – you live as an artist. Picasso wasn’t contracted to create some of the worlds greatest paintings of all time. He lived and breathed art and apparently had the talent but also the passion and discipline to devote his life into it. So you may be well prepared to become an entrepreneur but what you have to really ask yourself is simple: are you ready to live as an entrepreneur?