A few years ago I was speaking with a friend.
At the time he was preparing to save some money for an upcoming plan.
In order to do so he had accepted that he needed to work hard in a job he wasn’t particularly fussed about.
Naturally the conversation moved onto ways he could increase his income without changing his current situation.
It just so happens that he is an incredible artist.
Only a week prior to our conversation I had been admiring some of his artwork.
Watercolour paintings of idyllic English country settings.
The kind of thing that would hang inoffensively in most conservative, middle-class households.
“Why don’t you sell your paintings?” I said.
“But I am not an artist” he said.
And there is the difference between types of people in the world.
There are people who do things in order to be something.
Then there are people (like my friend) who have to be something before they can do it.
My friend had limited his outlook by deciding that in order to sell paintings he must be ‘an artist’.
Except there is no such thing as ‘an artist’, there are just people who do art.
My friend does art, he could quite easily sell it and call himself an artist.
But he didn’t see it like that.
He thought of it as a job.
In order to sell art you have to be an artist.
You had to be that thing in order to do it.
Which is the correct way to do things?
My friend went on to achieve his goal and now enjoys a very successful career.
Who am I to argue with that?
But then again, what better way to become something than to do it first?
Want to be a manager in your company?
Why not try managing people, then you will become a manager.
Sometimes the best way to be something is to do it first.