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Saturday May 28, 2016

Tip Ten: Floral Arrangement

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell

TIP TEN: FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

While self-confidence takes time to blossom, you can still demonstrate laudable qualities on your journey, even if you’re harboring insecurity; no special training is required for respectfulness, compassion, loyalty, and integrity. Knowing that character answers all questions has great liberating power.

No one, including yourself, will deter you from your mission. Dedication to your dharma will eventually flower into fulfillment and self-confidence.

Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Tip Nine: Independence Day Redux

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell

TIP NINE: INDEPENDENCE DAY REDUX

You think and feel for your own self. Committed to firsthand experience, you establish the merit of things. You don’t relinquish your perception or power to experts. You don’t rely on reviews, critics, and other secondhand sources to decide for you.

Despite the unrelenting gravity that society exerts in controlling the rigid flow of the mainstream, you choose autonomy—not mindless dogma.

Independence without considered discernment is a flaw.

Monday Mar 07, 2016

Tip Seven: Gratitude, Grace, and Oysters

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


TIP EIGHT: GRATITUDE, GRACE, AND OYSTERS

You feel gratitude, not necessarily about any single thing, but for the state of gratitude itself. You focus on your blessings, which bolsters self-worth.

Arriving on the heels of adversity, grace is yet another test of restraint, or will power—a prerequisite for a self-confident person who lives in the present moment of fulfillment instead of future uncertainty, doubt, and hope.

The world is your oyster because through will power you have cast out the irritants called greed, envy, and insecurity. Only the pearl of goodwill remains.

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Tip Seven: Genius is Dedication

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


TIP SEVEN: GENIUS IS DEDICATION

You don’t identify with giving up on yourself, which is failure. You are capable of wonder, for you are in dharma, are you not? Knowing where your art stands in the universe translates into power, leverage, and self-confidence.

Courting approval has consequences for which you are prepared. You remain steadfast in your abilities and gracious when others don’t yet appreciate your work. Your confidence soars, as you’ve replaced ‘disappointment’ with ‘that’s revealing’. To be great you must do great things. While talent is the gift, genius is dedication.

Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Warmed-Over Marxism

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Cirque de Genome

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Art critic Hilton Kramer writes: “I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art. One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.

“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism.

“Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards. The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”