There's been some really good discussion/feedback on it. Here's a great comment by Pedro Ramirez - the story in here is excellent -
I would add a 7th strategy:
Learn the rules and the goal and exploit them.
Let tell you a quick and simple story:
I was attending to some weekend course about teamwork, one of those activities that are made to let all the team members know each other and so on, anyways, we were faced with a “challenge” of creating the tallest structure with just straws and standard pins, the rule was just one, the structure has resist one minute without falling, we had like 5 minutes to build the structure, we were five people, we spent the first minute discussing a design, then we started to build the thing, when four minutes had passed it was clear that we will not succeed, since all the teams were in the same area and we were able to see what others teams were doing, as you can imagine, all the teams were trying to copy or take ideas from other teams, our structure was at that moment like 3 foot tall and the tallest structure was like 4 1/2 feet tall, our structure was not very stable to I tell the team something like: “the task is to create the tallest structure, not the most beautiful or coolest, do you trust me?”, they did, and they followed my instructions, we quickly changed all the base and we finished creating something like an inverted champagne flute(without the base of course) with a very tall “antenna”, we won the challenge by far, our structure was not only stable but tall(more than 7 foot).
I have applied that principle, in many other situations and it works great, of course, some times people don’t like it but its completely legal.
Love that story. Great insights. Cheers Pedro, thanks for sharing some good insights.
Pedro's site on computer programming is - http://thereisnotrycatchfinally.blogspot.com/
My friend Joshua Spodek was kind enough to write about his experiences building out public art exhibitions. One of the lessons he has is counterintuitive - that it can be a faster path to success to get large art projects off the ground than it is to work your way slowly through the art world. Here's Josh -
Art can be an insular field and breaking in is a common challenge, so I'd like to share it with a community that values success and victory. I hope there are insights others can use and share too.
My background is in science and entrepreneurship, but I've developed a passion for making art. I'm not content with just creating it -- like any artist I want exposure and recognition (sales aren't bad either).
The challenge is that New York's art world is notoriously xenophobic and tends to promote from within. My credentials -- a PhD in astrophysics and a company running for over a decade -- mean little to them. Even making great art only gives a foot in the door.
I have a huge challenge that my work doesn't photograph at all and video doesn't capture it that well. When galleries take an interest in my work, a version this conversation happens:
If you're wondering why I always put my name in the topics of these things, it's not because I have a huge ego. I do have a huge ego, but I do it so that my name gets better search rankings in google. My goal is for people to be able to search for "Tynan" and for my site to be number one. Soon. If you want to help, like the almighty Magnus, you can link to my blog and put my name in the link.
Today Doug, Steve, Steve's (ex?) girlfriend, Todd and I headed down to Canyon Lake, TX to do some tubing. You see, I bought the sweetest tube ever to bring to the lake. The thing actually flies 15 feet in the air behind the boat. I think I wrote about it before, but I'm not sure. Anyway, the first time we tried I skipped along the water, but didn't really take flight because my weak human lungs couldn't inflate the tube enough.
Today before going to the lake I bought two different pumps to ensure that the thing would actually inflate. As it turned out, the boat rental place had a sweet air compressor, negating the need for our own pumps. Oh well... you owe me one (two?), Wal Mart. Our rental boat was a shoddy looking boat most certainly manufactured before 1990 which was apparently very fast. The interior was a coccoon of brightly colored vinyl couches covered by a weathered bimini top. I climbed aboard and with the help of Todd, tied the monsterous tube to the boat.