I'm reading two great books at the same time (I usually don't do this). And both are hitting home runs when it comes to creative endeavors and entrepreneurial ambitions related to following a passion.
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, says this in Creativity, Inc.:
Craft is what we are expected to know; art is the unexpected use of our craft.
In other words, learn as much as you can. But then, take that knowledge and make something wonderful from it.
The second book I'm devouring is Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stephens. She examines the life and work of Jim Henson and how we was able to do what he did. Some of her observations and admonitions:
How many hours a day does an artist work on his [or her] art? All of them.
The key to your success may lie in something you already do, but do not yet see as your power.
Art, it seems, is something that lies deep within us. And if we are to be artists, we've got to bring it to the surface, to use it in a new or unexpected way, all the while releasing the greatness within.
So what will you do with your week? In what way will you make art?