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Artist, author, and entrepreneur Erik Wahl didn't start painting professionally until after he turned 30, a delay he blames on the fourth-grade teacher who told him flat out that he was not a good artist because he didn't color within the lines. "Unfortunately, I listened," the CAMEX 2015 Mega Session speaker said. "I quit."
Only after his business tanked and he lost everything that signified success to him did Wahl return to that childhood love. He bought a brush and paint and started slapping colors to canvas in his garage. His repressed right brain stirred and reasserted itself, reopening his imagination, and he began an entirely new life and work.
"How are you going to reawaken that childlike imagination?" Wahl asked as he speed-painted onstage. "How are you going to reawaken your own artistry as an entrepreneur, as a leader, as a retailer?"
You start by shaking off the mindset ingrained by schooling and society and embracing failure rather than fearing it.
Read more about it in this week's Campus Marketplace.