“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” -St. Francis of Assisi
Mikey Ambrose is one of those frustratingly talented people. I’ve been watching him play music, be in bands and play drums for over a decade now and every time I see him play he blows my mind again. I am always floored by what this guy can do with two sticks and a couple of feet.
Then came the day I figured out that Mikey had moved on to different things. I remember the first time I saw one of his furniture pieces and I thought to myself. “Mikey? Ambrose? Woodworking? Someone explain to me.”
Our mutual friend Kyle bought a beautiful side table piece and we chatted about how cool it is to watch someone like Mikey make a move from one skill or interest to a completely different one and then be awesome enough to make a living doing so.
He’s created a business that allows him to get whatever he wants out of life. He wants to play drums? He does. He wants to hike and find wood? He does. He wants to take a month off and go to England? He does. He isn’t a laborer or a craftsman. He is most certainly an artist.
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing, that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie
Music: Hey Marseilles “Cannonballs”