An artist gains the most when her heart is open, when she approaches the world as a giver, not a taker.
We live in a world of takers, where most people are only interested in what others can do for them.
"What can I get out of this person or this situation?" is unfortunately the question on top of too many people's minds.
Ironically, when you aren't completely self-interested, you'll stand out, which'll ultimately lead to a better outcome than if you were purely self-interested.
People are generally very good at figuring out our intentions - they can quickly tell who is a giver and who is a taker.
This doesn't mean that it's somehow wrong to be ambitious or to have big goals for yourself, it simply means that the best way to achieve those goals is by approaching every interaction as someone who wants the best for not only herself but also the person with whom she is interacting.
An artist shouldn't be asking: "What can this person or company do for me?"
An artist should be asking: "How can I become so great and so valuable that a partnership with this person or company would be mutually beneficial?"
Instead of focusing on what others can do for you, focus on becoming so great and valuable that everyone wants to work with you because you will add tremendous value to any given partnership.
Approach every situation with the intention to create a "win-win" outcome rather than focusing on how to get the most for yourself at the expense of others.
The more you give, the more you receive.