Challenges are obstacles that often require creativity and new thinking to overcome, but self-limiting beliefs are true barriers to personal and professional progress, according to artist and speaker Phil Hansen.
In his keynote address, Hansen shared lessons he learned when a physical limitation temporarily caused him to give up his art.
Hansen previously created pointillism, the art form that uses dots to draw recognizable imagery from a distance. Because it requires precision, Hansen said he held his .005 mm pen so tightly that it caused nerve damage. His hand started to tremble, and those precise points began to resemble tadpoles. He could no longer make the art he loved.
“Spending all my life creating dots, I couldn’t consider doing art any other way.”
He initially gave up art completely. It wasn’t until after he saw a doctor who confirmed his condition was permanent and who encouraged him to “embrace the shake” that Hansen began to consider what that might look like. (more…)