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commitment and the muse : was: re: caa mfa placement.

updated sun 11 jun 00


Lee Love on sat 10 jun 00

----- Original Message -----
From: vince pitelka

| > the fact that one going for a college teaching job has about one chance
| > 100. Not great odds, but they have been worse.
| > Joyce A
| Joyce -
| This is still deceptive. If you look at the figures, then yes, one in 100
| that apply for a teaching job in a particular year get one.

I posted this a while ago to ClayArt, when someone talked about being
hesitant to call themselves an artist or a potter or some other such thing,
but I think it is important advice for any endeavor you may choose, even
looking for a teaching job.

I have to say, I have found Goethe's words to be true. Until you make a
commitment to your path, the Muses are mostly deaf to your pleas for help.
Of course, you need some modicum of talent, that goes without saying. And
it sometimes takes some time for your hard work to show results.

The old post follows:


Sometimes, it is good to call yourself the thing you want to be before
you've arrived. Commitment is good. Here is a Goethe quote for you:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness. Concering all acts of initiative [or creation]
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas
and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then
Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have
never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material
assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has
magic, grace, and power in it."

- Goethe

Lee Love
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