Doing Art For The Right Reasons

Doing Art For The Right ReasonsSomewhere in the world right now, somebody is working on their craft. Maybe they’re creating a painting masterpiece, or developing software that will revolutionize how we do business. Whatever it is, they’re destined for greatness, but nobody knows it yet.

As an artist (and we’re all artists), it’s the moments out of the limelight that matter the most. All of the early mornings and late nights, all of the times you felt like giving up, it’s all worth it because you know you’re working towards something amazing.

Interview with Mike “Ohrangutang” Tang

For photography fans in the Instagram community, “Ohrangutang” needs no introduction. With 219k followers, his work speaks for itself. But searching his website reveals little about the photographer, whose work has not only captivated fans, but inspired thousands of aspiring photographers as well.

Mike Tang is the man behind the “Ohrangutang” brand. His wife Cristina works her magic with hair and makeup. Together, they travel the world and create art.

Mike graciously agreed to answer some questions about his creative work.

Work Less, Play More

work less, play more

Image: Kevin Titus Photo [yes, that’s me ;)]

We’ve been conditioned since childhood to value working over playing.

Remember when we were in school and had classes all day? Somewhere in between we’d get a short lunch break and then have to head to another round of classes. Adult life is eerily similar: arrive at work, attend a round of meetings, get a short lunch break halfway through the day, then head off to some more meetings before leaving.

Why You Haven’t Found Your Life’s Calling (and What To Do About It)

Why-You-Haven't-Found-Your-Life's-CallingFeel stuck at your job?

Then you might be familiar with a common phenomenon that many experience but few admit to: the existential gnawing that you could be doing something more with your life.

It’s the result of repeating the same, tired routine day-after-day. Your creativity is stifled. Your spirit is broken.

So what’s stopping you from changing your lifestyle? If you’re like most people, it’s the fact that you have no idea how to find your passion.

Stop Rushing

picture of clock with caption stop rushingSince starting People Passionate, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to be more productive with one’s time. I’m still capable of being a lazy sloth on occasion, but I’ve picked up on a number of useful productivity tips that have changed my life over the last year.

Here’s one I’ve found particularly transformative: Stop rushing.

Achieving success requires being a little crazy

achieving successThe recipe for greatness involves three ingredients: talent, skill, and effort.

Talent is a special aptitude — something you’re naturally good at.

Skill is similar to talent, except it can be cultivated. While talent gives you an advantage, honing your skill takes you to the next level.

But talent and skill are a dime a dozen. There’s no shortage of people out there who are capable of doing amazing things. But capable is overrated.