Jeff Goins on Real Artists Don’t Starve, Part 3

In his book, Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age, Jeff Goins discusses how we can apply prudent strategies in positioning ourselves for thriving in our chosen field of craft.

These are some of my favorite concepts and takeaways from reading the book.

Chapter 3, Apprentice Under a Master

In this chapter, Jeff discusses the importance of seeking out apprentice opportunities on our journey to master the craft. He offers the following recommendations for us to think about:

  • Becoming a master means we will master our craft. However, before we become masters, we must first become apprentices.
  • An apprentice makes a conscious choice to do whatever it takes to master the craft. The marks of a good apprentice are patience, perseverance, and humility.
  • An apprentice does not give up, and they also do what no one else is willing to do to acquire mastery. Therefore, we must be diligent enough to take the work seriously and continue to grow.
  • The first step in an apprenticeship is to find a master who is worth studying. When we find such a person, our goal is to consume as much of their work as possible and familiarize ourselves with it.
  • When the apprenticeship starts, we consistently do the hard work and keep showing up, regardless of the outcome. But, in the end, hard work is all we can measure.
  • As thriving artists, we are both humble enough to admit our need for help and sufficiently audacious to see it out. Great work is a result of a willingness to become an apprentice on our journey to mastery.

In summary, “The Starving Artist believes he has enough talent. The Thriving Artist apprentices under a master.”