August 17, 2017 Taylor Scott

Artists, Generosity, and Gratefulness


Art of any kind – music, writing, design, or theater – touches us in different ways at different times, but the arts usually spark something inside us. Sometimes it’s inspiration, other encounters motivate us, and occasionally art leaves us in a state of deeper, introspective thought than we were before.

So, art moves people. Before beautiful, inspiring, motivating, and moving art of any kind makes its impact, first an artist must create. Artists are skillful, crafty, educated, and knowledgeable about the work they do and the art they create.

Artists are careful, deliberate, purposeful, creative, and they’re generous. They’re never in a hurry. Quick maybe, but they’re never in too big of a hurry; because the process is meaningful, purposeful, and maybe most of all, intentional. The intent is to deliver inspiration, motivation, introspection, and moving experiences for people.


Think about the time artists put into their craft. Paintings take months to materialize on a blank canvas. Musicals take years to orchestrate. (Lin-Manuel Miranda spent seven years writing the 22,000 words in Hamilton – An American Musical.) Design projects take months to sketch schematics, and years to go from inception to completion.

Artists, the creators, spend their time, devoted to inspiring, motivating, and moving people. They literally give away their time with friends, family, or even to themselves, to think, analyze, ponder, and architect the art we get to enjoy.

Not only are artists purposeful and intentional, they’re incredibly giving. They give away their time, talents, and sometimes even the things they treasure the most, so they can create for us.

Artists often give more than they receive. And usually they’re okay with that. Generously giving their gifts fills their cup.


We’re the recipients and benefactors of their work. We get to enjoy the art they create. Because of their work, we’re inspired, motivated, encouraged, and moved to either feel a certain way, do a new thing, or maybe to simply reflect on how grateful we are to have what we have.

Though, we’re grateful for their work, artists are even more grateful for the opportunity to have not only created but also delivered a little magic for us in the first place.


Leaders Should Be Like Artists

  • Leaders should be intentional, purposeful, careful, and deliberate in creating art for their teams, Guests, Customers, and Clients.

  • Leaders should set out to move people like artists move people.

  • Leaders should spend time thinking, analyzing, preparing, pondering, and architect-ing environments and cultures, which give way to inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for their teams.

  • Leaders should be generous with their time, talents, and even their treasures so that people in their midst are moved to move

  • Leaders should be grateful, just like artists. When leaders are grateful, it’s impossible for them to become negative. And when leaders aren’t negative, their teams aren’t either.

Leaders should be artists. The great ones are artists who create and generously give of themselves to others.


This post is dedicated to my dear friend, former roommate throughout most of our twenties, a groomsman in my wedding, and true artist, Steve Barkofski.  

Photo Cred: Jenna Joseph Photography

About a year ago, I called Steve with a little idea for a logo for the Ballgames To Boardrooms brand. He was in the middle of multiple projects, designing for his clients, who include several divisions of the Walt Disney Company, among many other corporations, but he took my call.

Steve put his own work to the side, and devoted intentional, purposeful thought to create the logo you now see on the cover my newly released book, Ballgames To Boardrooms: Leadership, Business, and Life Lessons From Our Coaches We Never Knew We Needed.

Steve, a true artist, was not only more creative than ever, but also incredibly generous with his time and talent. Throughout the process, as grateful and inspired as I still am from Steve’s work, he was even more grateful for the opportunity to contribute.

Thank you, Stevo. You’ve been one of my best friends since May 11th, 1999, the very day we met. I’m proud to be your longtime friend, and I’m inspired by your passion, creativity, and ability to inspire, motivate, and move people with your art.

Leaders should be like artists.

Leaders should be like Steve Barkofski.

Have a great day.


My newly released book, Ballgames To Boardrooms: Leadership, Business, and Life Lessons From Our Coaches We Never Knew We Needed is now available on and – eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover!

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