20ThingsNoOneTaughtMeAboutSuccess #10: Your work should be a performance

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If we define work of art as something that you do that connects to the soul of recipient, then we are all artists.

Do you want a car, or do you want a mode of transport that connects and defines who you are?

Do you want to read a book or do you want to venture into a voyage of exploration through words?

The cool part about poetry is that to most poets, how their poems are performed is just as important ,  if not more important ,  than what is actually said.

In a similar way, when you go to an event or to hear a speech, you are usually going to see the speaker, not hear what they have to say.

You already know what they have to say.

No matter what type of work you are in, it will be better received if you see it as an art-form.

You are performing for an audience. They want you just as much as they want your work, often more.

How you write your proposal, conduct a meeting, negotiate a deal, build a case, write a poem, is performance, a work of art. 

We are as much concerned about the content as with the delivery.

Your work should be a performance.

We can read the poem ourselves, the reason we came is to see you perform it.

As Khalil Gibran said before: Work is love made visible.

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