The Best Art

info Loaded Brush - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

As a young traveler I once decided that I might sing for my supper, well actually, clean a hostel for a free night’s board.  I lasted about two days before I reverted to paying cash.  The manager smiled and said, ‘Cleaning toilets is a good way to find out what you don’t want to do.’  So how do we find out what we want to do?

Andy Warhol once famously said;
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”  Warhol was a conceptual artist, his ‘work’ and business was in the play with ideas.  Much of the production was undertaken by his minions at his studio ‘The Factory.’   The ‘art’ therefore, is the process of thinking, the creation of ideas.  In this sense, good business is having the best ideas and implementing them successfully.   

I am currently training a Small Business Course for Mission Australia.  As participants near the end of the course they face the reality of starting their own business and begin to express some fears and doubts.  This conversation is always the most exciting for me, because it is in this space of the unknown that we discover the true reward of business, personal growth.  Fears about time management, sales skills or any number of practical concerns highlight opportunities for learning and creativity.  Like a blank canvas, a business offers no place to hide, but infinite choice and an ability to be your most authentic self, to decide exactly what you want to do and how you want to do it.  And just like a canvas, you can always paint over whatever isn't working, get help, or start fresh with a new canvas!  Good business, 'art,' is a process of creating, innovating, refining and reinventing ourselves, our staff, our product and our systems.  To be the best we must understand, practice and manage the process of creativity and innovation.

Now of course, the toilet will still need cleaning, but you decide how, how often and by who!