Tag Archives: The Arts

Artists, Relevance, and Dan Pink’s “What’s Your Sentence”

As a musician, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that long after we perish the earth, someone somewhere could be listening to and inspired or moved by the work we’ve left behind. I suppose that’s one of the motivating forces behind most artists’ work – the need to have an impact, to be relevant, and to be remembered – to have a legacy in our life’s work.

But can you define your legacy? That’s was author/speaker Dan Pink (author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule to Future) is asking people to do. At his website, he has posted videos from all over the world of people articulating their sentence – The exercise asks you to distill your life — what it’s about, why you’re here — into a single sentence.

Everyone has many aspects of their life and many stages. I can’t think of anything more important than my 16 year marriage and my 13 year-old son. But with respect to the work I do here in this forum:

“He uniquely articulated the benefits of music education and changed hearts and minds in the process.”

Why do you choose to be an artist?…and What’s Your Sentence?

Find Your Mentor at Achievement.org

The Academy of Achievement (Achievement.org) is a great repository of interviews (transcripts, podcasts, and videos) with achievers, leaders, and innovators from the worlds of business, the arts, public service, science & exploration, and sports. Here’s a fun tool from the website called “Find Your Mentor.” Select from pull-down menus to identify the pursuit, the personality, and the challenges faced by their database of achievers to determine which ones match your own criteria to find your “Academy of Achievement Mentor.”

Mentor tool link at the Academy of Achievement website.