Creative Responsibility

March 4, 2013
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“What good can come from comfort? It’s not going to be art. I think there’s a false ideal out there, to some people — maybe younger people — they might think “I could be an artist and I don’t have to work.”

“But I think calling yourself an artist, you have to work three times as hard as someone with a punch-clock job. Because if you punch in, you have a responsibility at your job, but you can also do what you’re told, and work the machine, whatever you’re doing, do whatever is already there for you… do what’s expected of you of that job.

“But if you are an artist and you have to create something from nothing — there is nothing on this canvas, nothing on this tape, we have to create something that didn’t exist before — that’s ultra-responsibility, super-responsibility isn’t it.”

- Jack White (via Conan O’ Brien)

JS Comment:

Traders and investors bear a “creative responsibility” in respect to creating something from nothing… starting with a blank canvas (portfolio) and producing profitable and worthwhile results over time.

This notion reflects the craftsmanship embedded in the investment process… trade selection… methodology and process design…

As an active market participant, do you see yourself as an artist too? How do you embrace the creative responsibility that comes with such?

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