When we look at various people’s successes and achievements, we often try to make sense of how they got there.
Many are in pursuit of knowing how someone created something of brilliance, whether an accomplished art portfolio, an athletic achievement, a music composition, a honed craft, or a successful business.
Many of us are struggling to keep our little businesses alive, especially over the summer months. In most cases, we’re neglecting to take care of just a few simple things that can turn things around quickly.
If there’s one thing that has surprised me most about working freelance, it’s the sense of community amongst those who work for themselves.
Everyone, no matter how experienced, seems interested to hear the stories of others: what inspired them to set out on their own, how they dealt with any hesitations before taking the leap, and how they controlled their nerves once they began.
“He found something that he wanted, had always wanted and always would want — not to be admired, as he had feared; not to be loved, as he had made himself believe; but to be necessary to people, to be indispensable.”
This line from F. Scott Fitzgerald writing in This Side of Paradise, brings attention to a state of being that is often overlooked as a root to real success. And by success I’m talking about it in the sense that brings fulfilment, excitement and motivation to you.
Linzie Hunter is an illustrator and hand-letterer (and keen swing dancer) originally from Scotland, now living in South London. Her client list includes Time Magazine, Nike, The Wall Street Journal, Chronicle Books, Gillette, and Harper Collins.