will smith top tips secrets to success kerry beall art journal post

I mean, I've always loved Will Smith but I've got even more time for his words of wisdom. I listened to a few of his videos on how he has manifested the life he has, pretty inspiring! Anyway, here's a few of his tips on the art of success.


1. Greatness is a matter of choice – not a godlike feature for only the “special people” among us. This is a vision shared by Jim Collins in the book “Good to Great”.

2. Believe to achieve. The first step to success is believing. “He who who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right” – Confucius.

3. Talent is Overrated. It’s important to separate the perception of talent and skill. Talent is natural and skill is developed.  Talent will fail you if you’re not skilled and becoming better every day. This one’s covered in the book Talent is Overrated and I wrote about it earlier in You’re not Talented and Why it Doesn’t Matter.

4. Don’t over complicate things. We often use complexity for excusing ourselves from trying. Don’t set out to build a castle; set out to lay a brick as perfectly as it can be placed. The castle will be built in the process.

5. Where you are doesn’t matter; it’s about where you’re going. Thinking about your past or where you’ve come from as an indicator of your future is detrimental to reaching where you want to go.

6. Focus on making a difference. If you are not making someone else’s life better, you’re wasting your time and will loose motivation over time.

7. Nothing is unrealistic. Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. It’s unrealistic to flip a light switch and lights comes on. It’s unrealistic to bend a piece of metal and fly people over the ocean in that metal. Luckily the Wright Brothers and Benjamin Franklin didn’t think so. Thinking realistically hinders innovation and growth.

8. Our thoughts are physical in the universe. The universe is not a thing that will push us around. We are going to bend the universe to be what we want it to be. Decide intently who you’re going to be and the rest will get out of the way.

9. Protect your dream. Don’t let others decide your fate by telling you what you can or cannot do. Setting limitations on yourself or by others is a self fulfilling prophecy if you believe them.

Source: http://sethsandler.com/leadership/secrets-...


 Chinese philosophy Confucius “The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct”

“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he cannot, are usually both right.”


This is a well known quote, but I just felt the need to share. 
For me it really emphasises the element of choice we have: that our own personal truth can change, depending on the story we want to tell.

There's a sense of relief that we're creators of our own lives, that it doesn't just happen to us, that we get to decide the story. 

Once we decide, it's done. Fear may come along and try to knock us from time to time, maybe everyday! 
When it does, we can relish in the feeling of what we want as if we have it, as often as we can, until we're spending lots of time with that feeling.
It's different to dreaming. Dreaming implies it may never happen. 

It's a knowing.

A belief is only a thought that we keep on thinking. It gets stronger and stronger until we feel it. Until we know it.

So, there's a comfort in the fact we can change our thoughts at anytime to those that feel better. 
Granted, this may require a bit of practice, especially if there's some momentum going on a 'nego vibe' hymn sheet.
In this case, the reset button is needed. We can sit still and clear the mind. We can become aware of the thoughts that arise as an observer rather than a consumer.

I find a good test is: The better it feels, the more in alignment you are with your true self.
The self that is connected to all things.
The self that is an intrinsic part of this universe. 
Don't you want to take action and listen to inspiration from that place?
I think I do.



The fear is simply you're not living with life, you're living within your mind.


Such an inspirational snippet with  Sadhguru , Eckhart Tolle and Mooji. If you've got five minutes have a look.

This really resonated. The idea of fearing something that hasn't actually happened yet, so, therefore your fear is about something that does not exist. 

I was caught off guard by a bad dream the other night. I find these days that most feelings I encounter when I'm awake, I'm able to sit with. Acknowledge the feeling (not always comfortable!) before any thought is attached to it, which would give it momentum to become a fear that I believe in.

However, this dream was potent and then lingered around. It started invading my thoughts, to the point I was quite freaked out and thought I'd be faced with the monster as I ventured into another room!  

So, it's been another lesson in becoming an observer of thought and feeling without being totally consumed to the point they become a reality. AKA Insanity! ha!  



 Kerry Beall fineart mystic spiritual beauty woman digital drawing charcoal ink listen

A lesson in letting creativity flow:

So, this piece kind of developed without a plan. I had a rough idea in my mind based on a dream. I tend to think in pictures, the challenge is to hold onto that picture, strengthen it in my mind so I can re-create it. 

I was thinking about meditation, how there's so much information about 'how' to meditate, how to clear your mind, stop the thought long enough to let the inspired guidance come in.
I remember being on a beach with my grandparents when I was four years old. My mama used to say to me "hold the sea shells close to your ear so you can hear the sea"
I remember it so vividly. I was so there in the moment. Looking out at the sea, listening to the sound as if it was magic. Nothing else mattered. 
Meditation was kind of easy when I was four! The world was a wonderful place and the fears and worries didn't have any longstanding grip. I was in flow of life.

With that in mind, I thought, I'm not going to try so hard. There's no pressure on this. I'm going to let the current carry me and see where I end up. 
This piece has been a turning point, which feels really wonderful. I really loosened the reigns and let go of expectation. I allowed myself to explore, without the pressure of having to create a masterpiece! 

I had created some pretty tight rules around my artwork. This realisation came when it felt so good to break them! 

For the first time in ages I got lost. Lost in the flow of creating. I was really there and present in the making of this piece.

It reminded me of why I love to create. 



Flow is a new section of the website selling affordable, original artworks. 
My process as an artist is to frequently create one off pieces of art that are often inspired by a fleeting thought. Some of these pieces are developed further, others finish their  journey after one visual interpretation.  

Just like a diary, or a note book, it isn't edited. It's true and raw. It isn't perfect. It's honest.  These artworks are like a diary of my journey as an artist.  Expect imperfection, character and charm.  

So the stamp has finally arrived - very satisfying!  Each original study piece will be branded on the reverse...It's the graphic designer in me! 
These works will be available to buy in the 'Flow' section  


 Artwork is stamped, signed and dated on reverse

Artwork is stamped, signed and dated on reverse

Flow is a celebration of creativity that I want to share by offering affordable, original artworks. They are working study pieces created in the studio, very much in the moment, when inspiration hits. Some have taken hours, some days. This is reflected in the price. They all hold a certain charm of exploring the unknown. They are raw. They come in varying sizes, mediums and supports... See which speaks to you. Enjoy browsing! 

Flow is a reflection of the creative process, to not be precious. To create it and let it go. It is a space that will be ever evolving with new ideas and thoughts. 



 Finished Artwork - 

Finished Artwork - 

It's been an absolute pleasure to paint this commission for a lovely pair from Brighton. The brief was to create a cool and edgy portrait that would hold an essence of them, without being too obvious. So it took me back to my roots of creating raw and free flowing work.

Lots of charcoal, acrylic, tea and watercolour was used to create this piece, oh, and a liberal amount of gold ink.