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In life, everyone faces adversity, but few learn to truly embrace it. Artist Phil Hansen describes his quest to accept and even leverage his own limitation – nerve damage to his drawing hand. Exhibiting a slideshow of his artistic creations, Hansen reveals how a shift in his mind-set gave him the strength of character to exploit his weakness. getAbstract recommends this inspiring presentation to anyone struggling with adversity or a creative block.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why artist Phil Hansen suspended his career for three years,
  • How Hansen learned to accept and embrace his shortcomings, and
  • How limitations can become a source of creativity.

About the Speaker

Phil Hansen is a mixed-media artist and author of Tattoo a Banana.



As an art school student, Phil Hansen developed an uncontrollable shake in his drawing hand. His dedicated focus on pointillism – drawings made up of tiny, precise dots – had caused permanent nerve damage. Distraught, he left college and quit making art for three years. Yet he was unable to discard ...

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    Travis Ballard 3 years ago
    I love how he took a disadvantage and turned it into a positive and it helped make him even better in the end.
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    King Laura M 3 years ago
    i love the message "focus on what you can do" not what you are unable to do!
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    King Laura M 3 years ago
    i love the message "focus on what you can do" not what you are unable to do!

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