2,000 words or less: “Never mind.”

So, I had these grand plans to write a “2,000 words or less” entry based on that article I posted yesterday about overcoming “creative block.”

I’m not going to do that.

The article still got me thinking quite a bit, but after I wrote a note to a friend of mine on Facebook yesterday that went someplace I didn’t really plan for it to go re: work, I decided that my initial plans for responding would likely go somewhere I don’t intend to go on this blog.

So, I’ll just leave it at this. Chad Hagen, Minneapolis-based artist and designer, had this to say…

…the one thing that kept me focused was my desire to be good. I wanted to be really good. I wanted to be as good as those people that WERE talented.

This resonates with me for a *lot* of reasons, and at this stage in my professional life not all of them are positive. It’s a powerful message; I know what it’s like to feel exactly like that, the way Chad did when he was in art school.

I wish every day I had that feeling back.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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