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The #1 Cooking Secret for Artists to Improve Productivity

Julia Child in the kitchen with Fred Rogers.
Child conducts a cooking demonstration with television personality Fred Rogers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in 1974. Everett Collection https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/23/entertainment/gallery/julia-child-life-in-pictures-origseriesfilms/index.html

When I feel hesitant to tackle complicated recipes or projects, I remember Julia Child. She had a secret.

In 1961, Julia Child became the pioneer of TV cooking shows and soon became a household name in the U.S. for being both an entertainer and an educator who helped many home chefs learn the difficult art of French cooking. 

What she said, that clues us into her success, was, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” 

Let’s get right to work on this.

…what if we substituted the word “cooking” with another word? 

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In [fill in], you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” 

“In stained glass, …

“In quilting,…

“In ceramics, …

Do you fail a lot and keep going? 

Good for you. Keep it up. 

Cheers to all our failures:)

My newsletter, Patterned Visions, addresses cross-craft theories in action and how-to guides for stained glass artists. This article is #5 in SGOL, Stained Glass as an Other Language. You can get Patterned Visions delivered to your inbox by filling in the fields below.

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