Do you ever have those days where the thing you needed to hear, read or see most just appeared?  I had one of those days recently when artist Nancy Webster sent me a poem, called Philosophy of a Winner, out of the blue.  I admit to not always reading poems, captions under funny pictures that go around, etc.  But on this day, with this subject line, I took a minute to see what Nancy had to share.  I’m so glad I did because it made me smile and shake my head in complete agreement.

Your mental attitude towards anything you do in life plays a huge part in how things turn out.  You can’t always control what happens but you can control how you react.

Say a manufacturer, or two, or ten, say “No thank you” to your art.

What do you do?  Decide it’s hopeless, that you are a loser and throw yourself a huge pity party? Maybe.

Or perhaps you ask for feedback – is there anything I could do differently next time to make it more appealing.  This is how you will learn to adapt what you are doing to make it more marketable in art licensing.

Maybe the art is great but it just wasn’t a fit.  You confidently look for the company to give you a yes.

Any one person might choose to react in any of these ways or another all together.  How you choose to act and react depends largely on your philosophy in life.

Now I’d like to share the poem with you – and see if it makes you pause a minute and think.  Hopefully it will put a smile on your face as well…

Philosophy of a Winner

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose you’ve lost.
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a person’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself
Before you can win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest woman or man,
But sooner or later, if you’re going to win,
You have to think you can.

—Adaptation of a poem by Waler D. Wintle

Thank you Nancy for the smiles in my inbox and letting me share it with the group.  Our kindergarten teachers would be proud! 😉

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  You can learn more about Nancy at