I'm a third of the way through this book, 'The Geography of Bliss' by Eric Weiner . I love his writing which is chock full of his grumpiness and sardonic humor. He has a chapter on Iceland, particularly focusing for a bit on artists. It appears there are scads of artists in Iceland. Here is a quote:
How can it be that this flyspeck of a nation produces more artists and writers per capita than any other?
"It's because of failure,' says Larus (i'm deleting some so excuse my poor editing)
"Yes, failure doesn't carry a stigma in Iceland. In fact, in a way, we admire failures."
The author found this insight from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who wrote in his book FLOW (and I'm quoting all of this from Eric), 'it is not the skills we actually have that determine how we feel but the ones we think we have'
I leave you with that to ponder. Go get the book from your local library, you wont be disappointed.