Successful artists make winning look easy. They dream huge unfathomable dreams that once achieved become expected benchmarks for other artists. Regardless of their area of talent successful individuals bring something new to the table and inspire everyone who becomes exposed to their story. Whether deliberately or by default they embody the art of success.

When observing the journey of an artist it can be very easy to become fixated on the actions they have taken rather than the thinking behind those actions. Great new ideas lead to great actions, along with new personal qualities for greater harmony and a smoother path to success. There may be times when you feel like you are navigating through roadblocks put in your way by haters, when in reality the only obstacles are the ones you place in your own mind. You can’t control other people’s actions, however you can control your response and break through barriers using innovative approaches.

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Successful artists identify and manage their emotions by seeing past obstacles. This level of emotional intelligence means the difference between building on your successes or losing it all. As artists rely on their emotions to create their work it can sometimes make the distinction between art and business all the more challenging. But finding ways to make objective business decisions on a cool head, not ones based on ego, becomes the art. This doesn’t mean compromising who you are, it simply means asking yourself better solution focused questions to keep enjoying the journey.


Deb McKoy is the Founder and Consultant at Peppergrain Ltd, London, UK. She began her career as a recording artist, achieving success in the UK national charts before going on to help businesses and individuals maximise their brand.

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