The definition of success (according to Bob Dylan)

By Justine Clay


This Wednesday, I’ll be participating in School of Visual Arts Senior week program. I couldn’t be more excited to spend the day with the students (and hopefully given them a few handy pointers) as they prepare to go out into the world and forge their creative careers.

So, needless to say, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to have a creative career, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it boils down to one thing – getting paid to do what you love.  As Bob Dylan put it “A man is successful if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in between; does what he wants to do.”  Nicely put Bob.  

Now it has to be said Bob Dylan has a way with words and can make deep things sound deceptively simple, so how does one actually achieve that?  While the method will always be different, the answer is always the same: you need to have a plan and you need to work all day every day to make it happen.
I wish could offer an easy fix, but I can guarantee that anyone who is successful works really, really hard
at it.  

Do you have a plan? If you don’t and you’re not sure where to start, check out the tips in my previous post ‘What’s Talent got to do with it’?  If you’d like a little more guidance and support, please drop me a line at or sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive tips, resources and news of upcoming workshops and events.