Open Up

“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.” – Seth Godin

This weekend I toured The Art of the Brick exhibition in Philadelphia.

It was amazing.

Nathan Sawaya was a corporate attorney.  He followed his dream to become an artist.

How does he create art?  Legos.

Nathan takes something average and creates something remarkable.

Not only did he have the guts to change career paths,  he had the courage to share his art with the world.

This got me thinking…

There is an artist inside all of us.

Seth Godin says, “Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal.”

  • Teach a jiu jitsu class?
  • Design mobile apps?
  • Make jewelry?

You are an artist.

Not everyone will connect with our work.

And that’s a good thing.

I feel a bit uneasy each time I hit the PUBLISH button on this blog.

We are in a battle between our need to feel safe and our desire to matter.

Blog Time

I wanted to start this blog 3 years ago.

Fear held me back.

I thought:

  • I have nothing interesting to say.
  • No one will read this.
  • People are going to laugh.

Then I realized none of this mattered.

I wrote my first blog post.  The post hid on my MAC book for days.

Finally, I hit the PUBLISH button.


I slayed that fear.  It felt awesome.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”  

What awesome art could you create?  What’s holding you back? 

It’s time to share your art.


The world will be a better place because you did.

Saying you have nothing to share is AVERAGE.

Finding the artist hidden inside of you is REMARKABLE.

– Joe Ciccarone


Open Up!

About Joe Ciccarone

Host of the “Built Not Born” podcast, Blogger ( & BJJ Black Belt. "Escape Average, Be Remarkable."
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2 Responses to Open Up

  1. sloth215 says:

    Great post Joe! Keep up the awesome work!

  2. sloth215 says:

    Great post Joe!

    -josh vogel

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