Over a year ago, I stepped out and went with my gut on a bold vision. In November of 2013, I started Patterns, a business and design school aimed to help artists sustain themselves better. I took the school from idea to a 3,000 sq ft, fully-renovated space in the matter of three months. I was on a mission to alleviate the world of the phrase “starving artist”. Through a lot of my work with The Great Discontent (and my admiration of it), and my work with Seth Godin, I noticed patterns that led to successful people and projects regardless of whether they made traditional business sense or not.
As a true designer, I kept digging into these patterns more and more as time went on. I heard stories from students and then received emails and calls about the projects they all started when they went home. The more I kept searching for the essence of what was happening here, the more I realized that this went much deeper than just a few patterns and business models.
Now, coming full-circle, The Great Discontent has teamed up with my friend, Elle Luna, to launch the 100 Days Project. Starting April 6th, I’m going to join in on this project with an even crazier idea. Throughout my studies of patterns, I’ve realized that there is psychology, biology, philosophy, business, and even metaphysics behind what makes someone successful in this life (whatever terms you may use to define success).
So, this is crazy, but… I’m going to sit back and dig into these patterns for those 100 days. I’m going to define them, write them, accompany them with a geometric drawing that I feel is connected to the pattern, and share it on Instagram as part of the project.
This is crazy. It makes no sense. It will explore ideas that scare me, might make me sound like I’ve lost my mind, and there’s a strong sense that I might fail miserably at it.
But it doesn’t matter. This is crazy, but it’s something I must do.