Art Lies in Concealing Art

Note to my future self..

Today I was reading this short book called On Confidence that I got as a gift for Christmas. An interesting point that the books makes is that in many instances we think that successful people can do thing effortlessly in part because:

Art Lies in Concealing Art

This got me thinking. Entrepreneurs, as much as artists, are incentivized to portray this image that things are going well and minimize all the mistakes that they made on their way to success. Part of if is because it makes their story easier to tell and part of it I think is because our society doesn’t really value unpolished things. We like things to feel authentic to the degree that we can understand them.

If anything, this short phrase is a great reminder that even if people are forthcoming about their struggles before they “made it” the reality is that it’s really hard to fully appreciate the extent to which they struggled to where they are now. This awareness should in turn help us be more confident in our own ability to do great things because at the end of the day

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” – Steve Jobs


Now back to work..