#013 Embracing The Amateur

Every artist was first an amateur.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this bonus episode you'll hear why Monica believes we should embrace our inner amateur. You'll also hear about examples of amateurs throughout history; from the fields of sports to science to art, who greatly changed their field of study or work. Speaking of work, by the end of this episode you'll understand why Monica hates the popular notion that doing things we love isn't hard work. #TheHappierHour


The word "amateur" is French  and translates to "lover of.” We typically use word to describe a person who does something for enjoyment, rather than for money. Today the word amateur, along the related term "dilettante," has a largely negative connotation, but that was certainly not always the case.

Does Having A Day Job Make You A Better Artist? Article via The NYTimes

13 Celebrated Artists Who Didn't Quit Their Day Jobs 

In Defense of Dilettantes

When Less Means More Interview with Phillip Glass for The Guardian

Are You A Cross Trainer Or A Dilettante?  Article by Penelope Trunk

“Forget about being an expert or a professional, and wear your amateurism (your heart, your love) on your sleeve. Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.” - Austin Kleon (artist and author)


What is something want to start doing or do more of, not because of what it will get you, but just because you love it?
— Question Of The Episode