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It’s Our Turn

Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 22, 2015

Inspiration, Miscellaneous

it's our turn

When I was around twenty-five, the world started to look very different to me. Successful people in the media — entrepreneurs, scientists, artists — so many of them rising to prominence were younger than me, and that was weird to think about.

For the first couple decades of our lives, we’re young and impressionable. While that sometimes can be a hinderance, there’s a certain relief in knowing that we’re not yet responsible for leading the future.

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There Are No Shortcuts to Building Trust

Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 21, 2015

Business and Entrepreneurship

I checked my Instagram this morning and found a comment on a photo I posted yesterday:

there are no shortcuts to building trust

Comments like this one are pervasive in the social media world, particularly on Instagram and Twitter. The people who post them are short-sighted; they assume that the brute-force method is the best way to build a following.

It’s not.

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The Art of the Side-Hustle

Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 19, 2015

Pursuing Your Passion

So many of us want to achieve greatness, but we feel like we can’t because our jobs get in the way. And sometimes, quitting your job just isn’t an option. What’s important is recognizing that working full-time doesn’t have to prevent you from doing creative work. You just need to learn the art of the side hustle.

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Expectation vs. Reality: The Artist’s Struggle

Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 14, 2015

Inspiration, Pursuing Your Passion

expectation vs. reality
My first video of 2015!

It’s funny how the life of an artist is romanticized in popular culture. How many times have you heard someone say they want to move to the South of France, live in a château, and make paintings all day while drinking all day?

If only life were that easy.

Here’s the truth though: when it comes to making art, the struggle is real. Any artist will tell you that the process is grueling. When you watch an incredible movie, or look at a breathtaking photograph or painting, or read a poignant piece of writing, you’re looking at the results, not the process. The results don’t even tell you half the story.

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Pushing Through Resistance

Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 3, 2015

Inspiration

pushing through resistance

I ran into my old undergraduate creative professor while at the grocery store the other night.

I recognized him as soon as I saw him, right at the front entrance near the Redbox machine and shopping baskets. As we both walked towards the produce section, I thought about saying hello, but something stopped me.

“What if he doesn’t recognize me?” I thought to myself. “He’s probably busy. He looks like has a lot on his mind. I shouldn’t bother him.”

There I stood, pretending to meticulously examine the tangerines in front of me, paralyzed by this crippling fear of getting myself into a potentially awkward conversation.

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