Living Life Artistically
Essays and Art
by Giorgio Dimichina
Investing In Our Dreams
Investing for most of us is something we do every day. We invest our time, energy, efforts, and emotions on a variety of things. Sometimes, we may not even be conscious of it. Within all of the things, we are conscious of, such as the relationships we develop, where we decide to spend our time, our money, and our energy. At times, we may tend to think or feel that investing in our personal talents or creativity is somehow overreaching. It may take a back seat to a variety of so-called “things” that are more important.
In fact, in comparison, investing in who we are truly meant to be, our talents, gifts and abilities, just may be the most powerful tool in creating more joy, which develops into more peace, which has a very good potential of establishing more health in our lives.
Investment as it is described in the dictionary, is a contribution of something such as time, energy, or effort to an activity, project, or undertaking, in the expectation of a benefit.
Like in any investment, the benefit of investing in one’s natural abilities may not come to fruition quickly, but that does not mean that it will not occur. I believe that the only difference between seeing a benefit compared to not, is persistence and an undying belief that it will happen. What we communicate or speak to ourselves has more power than what we may hear from others in its ability to have us accomplish our goals.
We all have much more going for us then not when it comes to the positive attributes of investing our time, effort and emotions in pursuing our personal dreams through work, passion and persistence.
As an inventor, Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
There is that one painting, sculpture, book, photograph or song that has the potential to deliver our dreams right at our feet. That is the exciting part of investing in what we feel may be our talent. We are not alone in the world when it comes to desiring the best, even if others think it may be farfetched.
Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Oh, and Walt Disney wouldn’t hire him.
Charlie Chaplin was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because his pantomime was considered “nonsense.”
Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him “hopeless as a composer.” And, of course, you know that he wrote five of his greatest symphonies while completely deaf.
Jack London received six hundred rejection slips before he sold his first story.
Eighteen publishers turned down Richard Bach’s story about a “soaring seagull.” Macmillan finally published Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1970. By 1975 it had sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Just like the before mentioned, I too desire to invest in myself and believe that the efforts and time invested in the pursuit of my dreams will continue to bless me. I hold that same belief for anyone who has a passion for what they do. Why? Because I believe everyone has the potential to bless others through whatever gifts they possess. It can be through the most complex abilities or through possessing the subtle gift of being able to impart compassion to others. We all have something unique and special to give.
When we allow ourselves the opportunity to invest in our abilities and bring to life who we are truly meant to be in this world, regardless of how others may feel about it, the power that can be released by pursuing a dream until it becomes reality, has the potential to bless others as well as ourselves.
Pursue the desires of your heart without fear and believe you have more than enough ability to have your dreams come true.
Born in Argentina, Giorgio Dimichina fell in love with art at a young age. After pursuing a successful career in visual arts with major corporations, such as Mazda and Pepsi, Giorgio left the corporate world in order to pursue his passion and talent as an artist. Today, Giorgio’s art work is admired throughout the world as he is best known for his beautiful landscapes, incredible detail, and picturesque scenes.
For more on Giorgio, please go to artbygiorgio.com
All art and photographic images copyright by Giorgio Dimichina. All rights reserved.
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