This weekend I started re-reading “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. I’ve read it several times before, but it is still a delight. If you’ve never read the book or watched the video, I highly recommend it.  (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)

Every page of the book is filled with absolute gems. One of my favorites has to do with brick walls – you know the seemingly impenetrable barriers that so often appear as we work to achieve our goals.  Here’s the quote:  “The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something”.  Wow, right!?!

As artists on our paths to success, we’re likely to encounter a lot of brick walls. For each, there’s a strategy. Some need to be charged at head on, others chipped away at bit by bit and others need to be skillfully scaled. Sometimes we need a boost from someone or something and often, probably more times than any of us would like us to admit, we need someone to throw us over.

What are your brick wall strategies?