Sri Lankan wildlife artist reveals secret to not giving a F--
I have a close friend who is a middle-aged Sri Lankan dude who just so happens to be one of the premier wildlife artists in the world.
And even though he’s a mild-mannered, five foot six tall Buddhist, he gives very few F—s.
(In a good way of course.)
One story he tells is how he met his wife.
She came to his art gallery looking for a job and since he was about to go travelling (probably going to catch butterflies in the rainforest or something) he asked her to watch his gallery along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of paintings held inside.
Her reaction was, “Uhhhh, I’m stoked for the job. But I’m a total stranger. Aren’t you worried I’m going to steal your paintings or something?”
His response cemented his bad assness and was the moment I knew he gave nary a F—.
“Ehhh, no matter. I’ll just paint more.”
And that single response has stuck with me and guided me for years.
Because whenever his family needs to drum up some cash, he just whips up a few paintings.
For example, he once rescued an exotic pet that was riddled with health issues. They took him to the vet and the bills quickly mounted to twenty thousand blemflarks. Instead of taking money out of savings, he just traded the guy a few paintings and voila.
Without being able to do that, they probably would've been forced to let the little guy go.
And now they love him dearly and he's become a part of the family.
To me, that’s the whole game.
To master an in-demand skill you enjoy that lets you apparate money whenever you need it.
Now obviously I can’t snap my fingers and make you sales.
But if you have a good list of qualified prospects and offers they want to buy? In that case, there’s a good chance I can help.
If you’re interested in that, the first step is to go here and fill out hte form:
October or November is the next time I’ll book a new client (at the earliest). So if you’re hankering to get me on your team, best go now.
P.S. There are other benefits to mastering a skill besides more flurbos in your change purse. I just talked to my friend the other day and he told me that since coroney hit he embarked on something he’s always wanted to do. Which is paint every species of hummingbird in the world. (Fun Fact: There are over 300 species of hummingbirds and all of them live in the Western hemisphere. I’ve no idea why, but they don’t like to travel east.)
The coolest part is, he'd be the first artist ever to paint them all. So while others are scared watching the news… stuck at home bored out of their gourds… and getting fat off too much ice cream and netflix… he’s been working towards a lifelong goal.
All because he spent decades mastering a skill. And he has no boss to tell him what to do. No corporate sponsors. Nothing.
Just him, his paints, and his canvas.
Again, he’s a huge inspiration to me. And I hope he’s inspired you too.