“Why do we need art?” In a world that seems to more and more focused on “work works,” is there still a place for beauty? Do artists matter anymore? I think they do.
There are three messages creativity can communicate, and these messages are what connect us as human beings. Which is to say, without the arts—without the ability to creatively express who we are and what we care about—we lose a bit of our humanity.
I have always believed in ending things well. Recently, I shared with you why I decided to end my conference. Now, I want to share with you more about it.
Often what we create in art and in life stems from our early influences, and this is true for our guest today Brett McKay. Brett is the founder of The Art of Manliness, a web site he describes as a men’s lifestyle magazine that helps men become better men in all aspects of life from being husbands, fathers, citizens, community members, etc.
Brett started The Art of Manliness because, in part, of his grandfather’s influence. One of his favorite childhood memories is going to his granddad’s farm in New Mexico and spending time with his grandfather. His granddad was a jack of all trades, but master of many. He was a curious man who continued learning about the world around him and in the people in it until he died at the age of 101.
Year 3 of the Tribe Conference just wrapped, and I am still reeling from the experience. But I wanted to share with you a few important takeaways from this event and how it relates to your creative work.
First of all, this is an event that hundreds of people have told me is life-changing. Initially, I brushed off these compliments, but after hearing them over and over, year after year, I realize we’ve created something pretty special.