We all know a few of those artists that are just egotistical AF. They know who they are. We won’t put you on blast here, but we see you. Your ego won’t take you very far unless it’s a part of your schtick. If you think you’re so great, then why aren’t you so great? And no, it’s not because you haven’t been discovered yet. Take a cold hard look at yourself at think, is my lack of humility is holding me back? Even if you do manage to gain some level of success without any humility, you may end up falling flat on your face at some point.
A lack of humility comes across as egotistical AF.
Let’s be real. There aren’t a lack of inflated egos in the art game. We get it, artists have to believe in themselves. But by being ‘loud and proud,’ one can come across as egotistical. The worst part about an inflated ego? Most people can see right through it. An ego often serves as a defense mechanism designed to protect your insecure, sensitive, soul. In most cases, an inflated ego is a douche bag’s effort to make up for what they lack. That self-boasting, self-promoting loudmouth that thinks he’s the shit and no one can come close to him in his greatness? An egotistical prick. Truly confident people don’t have anything to prove so they’re often the most humble.
Humility helps you build relationships
Humility is one of the many characteristics that make people want to support you. NO one likes an egotistical prick. Acting like one is the fastest way to repel people. And you repel the person that can make or break your career. Most well adjusted people want to support others. Turn off your supporters, and you may be shooting yourself in the foot. Support is key in being able to make it as an artist so you may want to check your ‘tude at the gallery door.
Humility is the best way to check yourself and strive for more which keeps the hustle strong.
You can always be better. You can always do better. But don’t beat yourself down either. It’s possible to treat yourself with kindness while keeping a lit fire under your ass. Striving for more means that you’re always looking for ways to improve on your greatness. Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s a competitive, ever-evolving world so keeping your hustle strong means realizing that there’s always room for growth. It’s an essential part of your evolution as a creator.
Marina Abramovic cautioned against believing in one’s own greatness and she is one of the greatest female artists of all time! Marina cautioned about letting your ego get out of control. It can not only become an obstacle, but it can also kill your creativity altogether. Since your creativity is undoubtedly your lifeline, you may want to take heed of these words of wisdom.
Once you start believing in your greatness, you may stop working as hard. In order to make it and remain relevant, an artist must constantly work on their craft AND make more work! You’re only as relevant as your last song, art piece, etc. so if your creativity dies, so does your relevancy. Keep the fire lit because your livelihood depends on it.
Piet Mondrian is often considered one of the great pioneers of abstract art and is also regarded as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Despite his influence and regard, Mondrian understood that humility is at the core of an artist’s work. According to Mondrian, art
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
Socrates said this. One of the most brilliant philosophers of all time said this. Think about that. If Socrates believes that he knows nothing, the rest of us should certainly believe that there’s more to learn.
Seated Peasant (1892–96) by Paul Cezanne