How to Succeed With This Small Change in Focus

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Growing any kind of business can be bloody hard. You will make mistakes, doubt yourself and experience setbacks.

I’ve seen all of this on the front line as an illustrator trying to make a living at it. But I’m still here to tell the tale.

If there’s one vital trait for succeeding on your own — that is to be resilient — to be able to continually pick yourself up if you fall.

I’ve seen a lot of people who decided to start their own business or write a new book or start a new painting, who simply stopped. They never completed it.

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What Karaoke Teaches Us About Making an Impact With Our Art

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At a Karaoke bar, you choose your favourite song and sing over a backing track awkwardly.

You might be a little tipsy, you might feel shy, and you might be joined by raucous friends.

As you relax, you find the words flow better, and your voice glides over the melody.

Eventually, you might start to get creative, adding more of your own flavour to the tune.

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Why Motivated Creatives Think Like Andy Warhol

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“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.” — Tony Gwynn

A sustainable business is a growing business, not a static one.

This might seem like a simple concept, but it is an idea that most business owners do not consider.

To stand out, to continue to earn well, to stay motivated, and be noticed, you must focus on growth.

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Why Your Main Mission Must Be Shamelessly Selfish

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There is a flaw with the idea that your purpose should be to help others.

I say this not because it’s wrong and not because Satan has taken over my computer.

‘Flaw’ because it diverts your attention away from what is more important.

We all want to make a difference in the world. We all want to contribute something amazing, inspire people, and leave a legacy.

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Over 65 Ways to Make Money From Your Creative Skills

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I’ve spent most of my life devising wacky and occasionally reasonable schemes for making money.

As an artist with an interest in business, I’ve often found myself wedged between the two seemingly alien worlds.

Earning money from creative expression has always been a contentious issue because many think that money impinges on the integrity of the creative work.

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11 Things That Stop You Being a Top 1% Creative

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If you dislike the idea of ‘cheating’ your way to the top, look away now.

Building a rewarding career from your artistic skill takes a special combination of dedication, experience, hard work and talent.

Even more so if you want to be considered among the very best.

But as an apprentice gains from the wisdom of her mentor, having access to the right knowledge can help anyone get there more quickly.

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How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities?

I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general.

His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example:

On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use.

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