Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

A Magician Never Reveals His Secrets

Creativity doesn’t follow conscious direction. That’s why an artist is always eager to see what his instrument of choice has done.

But an artist’s efforts don’t always result in a masterpiece. Whether the controlled accident is a success is a matter of taste and largely depends on what’s been done before.

If you want your work to make an impact it has to be new. Because all things familiar—no matter how beautiful—stop to make an impression.

Thankfully the new thing is always breaking out. And when it comes through, you are innocent of its arrival. Which is why its appearance is always a surprise.

But if you imitate the surprise, that which made it worthwhile is gone.

Imagine if our schools had a foolproof method of producing Michelangelo’s. They wouldn’t be prodigies—they’d be formulaic.

Therefore a master doesn’t follow any method. Instead he gives his instruments an opportunity to express themselves. And when the perfect harmony between skill and chance is reached, a masterpiece is born.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach