Artists Versus Systems

Artists Are Originals, Systems Are Knock-Offs

I am pretty sure that a lot of you are familiar with Robert Kyosaki’s Cashflow Quadrant concept. If you aren’t familiar with the model, then I really encourage you to go out and get the book ‘Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom ’ by Robert Kyosaki. It breaks down the concept and uses real life examples that clearly illustrate why we get what we get in life.

I really hate it to be very blunt. But there is a good reason why I hate it. It is because it is right on the money. In fact, it couldn’t be more accurate. I have spent much of my life in the S quadrant (Robert also identifies the S for Stupid) and have made money, sometimes very good money, that always stopped coming in the day I stopped working.

systemsYou see, I didn’t see it that way but I was an artist. I was honing my skills every day, becoming better and better at what I did. I got so good that no one else could do it as well. And I had no system. Nothing that anyone else could follow. I tackled every new day like a new complex problem that only I could tackle and wrestle to the ground. Day after day. And then I stopped. So did the money. I had no system.

Why Artists Hate Systems

Artists hate structure. They aren’t linear thinkers. They are piler’s not filer’s. And by and large they all are broke. Or on their way to becoming broke. Because they have no system. They don’t like systems because, well, let’s be honest here. They don’t like systems because ANYONE can do the work then. And then the artist isn’t required. This is exactly why franchises and chains are so successful. Because they use systems.

I can call them boring, mind-numbing, suffocating and fraught with manuals and standards, all of which manualsmay be true. But they work. And they make money, day after day, just like clockwork. On the other hand I wasn’t often able to afford vacations because I not only needed to save up the money for the holiday, I also had to save up the money to pay the bills while I was off because there wasn’t going to be any money coming in. How’s that for a ringing endorsement for being an artist?

Being original seldom pays. And only long after you are dead and gone. Van Gogh could care less that his pieces sell for millions of dollars now. He would have been delighted to have seen some of that money during his lifetime. Copying others (including yourself) and doing it over and over again within a system, refining it and improving on it, that is the way to success. Long-term sustainable success that is not dependent on the artistry of the individual.


If you want to see proof of a system that works in the artistic world of blogging take a look at Daily Marketing Coach (DMC). But only if you want a system that is going to bring you success. If you want to just express your inner you and don’t care about the coin at all, then by all means, grab your brushes and palette and stride off into the sunset. Those of us with systems will continue to stay here, churning out the dollars. The choice is always yours.

Do you use a system? Would love it if you commented below…

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4 Responses to “Artists Versus Systems”

  1. Adam Payne Says:

    I have that game to sigrid. Just need someone here in Japan who wants to play it with me.

    Systems for me any day of the week.

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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    That’s great Adam. The game is a real eye opener isn’t it?
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  2. Ryan Biddulph Says:

    Create and duplicate :) Powerful message Sigrid.

    If you want to retire you better have a system….or be such a talented artist, that your blog, or writing skills, net you a large chunk of change….after you put in the world.

    I am banking on….both of course :)

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    me too Ryan!
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