I Am Not an Author

If you want security, be a banker. If you want the freedom to create, even if you know you might fail, be an artist. You might help those around you in the process.

In Defense of Solitude

As an artist, you have to be alone in your mind to create. There's an obvious social cost of being a creative professional. You have to shut people out to get work done. Cherish the silence of solitude.

Avoiding Frustration on the Growth Curve

Every amateur artist I’ve ever encountered has an unrealistic idea of their expected growth. If you’re getting frustrated about the learning curve ahead of you, just be patient and study. Study everything you can and enjoy the process.

Failing might be the hardest thing you ever need to do…

Your fear of failure is holding you back. We’re hard-wired to seek success AND stay safe.

Get a job with good pay and a good retirement. Go to school and work to pay it off for the rest of your life. That sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

Nope. Society is a bitch, and that bitch wants you to go into debt.

Picking the Right People for Your Creative Future

Birds of a feather flock together. You are the company you keep. You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with… If you work through your influences and surround yourself with people who actually encourage your growth, you will grow as a person.

It’s simple advice that is difficult to implement.

 

How to Tap Into the Everyday Miracle of Creativity

Make creativity a part of your everyday life. Do your best to come up with creative solutions, and you’ll find that creative solutions start coming to you from everywhere. Here’s to a creative future for everyone.

Playing to Your Strengths is Better than Fixing Weaknesses

Struggling with your weaknesses isn’t the path to success. Playing to your strengths is a better option. This system is what works for me.

2 Exercises for Instant Artistic Growth

These 2 exercises are WORK, and they require hard work. Doing the right work will help you reach the next level in your artistic skill and career that much faster. Don’t struggle through plateaus on your own, let the masters guide you.

Impostor Syndrome and the Value of Art

I sat down with the young woman who I’ve started mentoring to discuss imposter syndrome. Why do artists and creatives feel like their work doesn’t have value?

You Should Enjoy This

Not too long ago I was a starving artist. Even when my family was living on nothing I found things to enjoy about my life. It was difficult, but always worth the effort. Live in the moment, because that’s all you have.

Find Fulfillment by Cultivating Artistic Style

Developing a style is important to any professional artist, but be wary of the dangers of getting stuck or stagnating in your own style.

Five Useful Things To Do During Creative Downtime

I remember a time not too long ago when cancellations made me nervous. Now…I don’t even try to fill my canceled spots. I don’t mind so much that I lost hundreds of dollars in a day because of a no-show.

Can Comparing Yourself to Others Help You Win at Life?

Being jealous of other people’s achievements is not healthy. Instead, find inspiration from what others achieve. Learn from their success – because success leaves clues.

5 Tips to Crush Creative Blocks

When you feel like the project in front of you is impossible, you’re about to have a breakthrough. But, the difference between an amateur and a professional is how you deal with challenges and blocks. Here’s how…

Are You Responsible For Your Rights?

Are you offended? Do you blame everyone else for your problems? Maybe you should take some responsibility.

I Am Hated – But I Don’t Hate

I have opinions that make people angry. My opinion is that the world would be a better place if we started cooperating and taking action instead of focusing on the wall that we’re about to crash into. We would be better off if we looked to where we wanted to be, started turning the wheel,…

How to Go from Amateur to Professional

Amateurs hold themselves and other people back. Professionals push themselves and other people forward. Which are you?

How Precious is Your Time?

Your time here is precious. Remember that you’ll die one day so you don’t waste the most valuable resource you have.

Put Everything On the Line

Boredom isn’t a problem, but misery is. If you fall into a cycle of repetitive drudgery, it might be time for a change.

Inspire a Friend

I wanted to share a story about surrounding yourself with people who support you and inspiring those people to grow with you.

Thank You Note

I just wanted to say “Thank you” to a whole bunch of people. It’s the people around me who make me who I am, who help me grow and succeed. So I’m showing some gratitude. To the people who support me in my career… My friends, family, clients, coworkers, and my readers. Thank you for…

How to Use Philosophy as a Framework for Living Well

Have you ever thought about how you live your life and make decisions? Most people don’t! Create a personal philosophy to make living well easier.

Is Self-Respect Dead?

I recently wrote an email about self-respect to my infant son that I hope he can comprehend by the time I hand him the password.

The Things I Forgot When Life Fell Apart

My life recently fell apart, and it started a domino effect that I couldn’t stop. Peter Drucker said it best in a nod to Murphy’s Law when he coined Drucker’s Law – “If one thing goes wrong, everything else will, and at the same time.

A Two-Tiered Definition of Successful – How and Why It’ll Change Your Life

How do we define what being successful is? If we are to rise so that we may be successful, what is successful?

Skydiving and the Time of My Life

My wife and I went skydiving! This is what it was like – with VIDEO!

Create Yourself

Episode 8 of the JoshuaGraphic Experiment

Why would you passively want to find yourself when you can be more active and create yourself? I know which one I prefer.

Don’t Complain – It’s All Your Fault

Don’t complain about your problems, look for solutions and accept responsibility for them. Maybe then your life will start to improve.

Intensive Care

My son, Maddix, is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for botulism – a very rare disease that has paralyzed him.

Tennessee Vacation

I learned a lot about traveling with an infant during a recent family vacation. Long drives and tiny, squishy humans don’t mix.

Avoid Being a Crappy Dad

Episode 3 of the JoshuaGraphic Experiment

Have a SMART New Year: Set SMART Goals for Success

New Year’s Resolutions suck. They just don’t work! Plan out a SMART goal for the New Year to increase the odds of success.

Find a Purpose that Makes You Proud

Find a purpose and pursue it relentlessly. Having a purpose doesn’t mean being rich, it’s making a choice to live happily and make an impact.

Rely on Discipline When Willpower Fails

Unfortunately, most people rely on the unreliable “skill” of willpower to make choices, and many people make bad choices because they lack the discipline to make the right ones.

All Habits are NOT Created Equal

I’ve managed to develop six habits which I consider to be keystone habits for myself. I’m not saying these will apply to everyone, but I’m sure they will help quite a few people.

15 Simple Ways to Overcome Artistic Procrastination

You’ll start painting your masterpiece tomorrow. Or maybe you’ll write the first chapter to your novel next week. Or the week after. It’ll be a New Year’s resolution. But probably not…

Understand Habits to Make Them Stick

It’s hard to develop habits that stick. They have a bad habit of not staying around.

Find Out of Freelancing is Right for You

14 questions to help you determine if freelancing is right for you.

Overcoming Artist’s Block

A few ideas to defeat your own worst enemy and get rid of artist’s block forever.

Build a Reference Library to Enhance Your Art

Build a reference library to have a wealth of visual information on-hand when you create your own art.

Time Management is Worthless Without a Priority

If you can’t focus, then there’s no point in managing your time. All of the time management voodoo in the world isn’t going to save the soul without a priority.

Stress is Messing You Up – How to Manage and Avoid Life’s Pitfalls

Chronic stress is actually killing you. You can either avoid it or handle it like a pro, here’s how to do both.

Taking Control – The Life-Changing Practice of Meditation

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with random shit that you just can’t focus?

Level the Learning Playing Field – A Key to Success in Life

There’s too much information in the world. Too much to consume, too much to learn, too much to remember.

Thinking Games

I am an idiot. I took a job that pays salary and demands upwards of 80 hours a week of my time. On a good week. I’m on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can’t get through dinner with my fiance without my phone ringing. Yes…I’m an idiot. It’s time to…