If you’re a writer, an entrepreneur, or a receptionist, ask yourself this question: Does the work you do bring people closer together?
If the answer is yes, then you’re an artist.
What people typically misunderstand about this idea is that you don’t have to be a Picasso in order to consider yourself an artist.
Because what art is, is essentially anything that brings people closer together, and the way you bring people closer together is by giving through your work.
Artists give. It’s what they do.
The billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for example, could have easily been the anonymous billionaire, but he isn’t. Instead, he’s constantly choosing to give talks where he’s always giving away his best advice for free to people.
Warren Buffett is an artist.
The cashier in lane 4 who goes out of her way to talk to us and who consciously tries to build a relationship with us is an artist. The cashier in lane 5 who is only there to do a job is not.
If I sell you a product and you give me money in exchange for that product and we go our separate ways afterwards, then I did not create art because we have become more distant as a result, not closer.
Without that connection being built as a result of your work, you haven’t created any art.