Author: Alex Mathers

What I ask myself before I decide to quit

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Brand You / Inspiration / Motivation

If someone were to ask me what words I’d use to describe working for myself, many would come to mind… Stressful Frustrating Unstable Scary Draining (mentally and of cash) Of course, these are not words and emotions that are in play constantly, and they are rarer for me now, but it hasn’t always been sunshine and daffodils. Many times before, I’ve thought about stopping my own thing so that that life can be more secure. […]

When I am a victim…

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

When I am a victim… …I feel a weight on my shoulders. It’s pushing down so that I bend slightly at the knees. It’s what they call my 'ego.' Every time life was unfair to me; my ego has inflated a little more. Now I carry it around. I have to trudge under the weight. I feel weary, often depressed, but my ego needs protecting. I was wronged, and so my ego needs to be […]

Strip Before You Stop

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

You’ve got this thing you’re working on. That thing you really should do every day for maximum effect. That thing you talk about a lot. Writing blog posts; taking pictures; making art; practicing an instrument; contacting new people; reading books; learning languages and shooting videos. But little materializes, if at all. You love the idea of it, and you think about it all the time. You know you have the talent to create great things, […]

41 Creative Ways to Get People to Respond to You

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Networking / Promotion / Remarkability

I hate having to stay in touch with people. New people, especially, scare me. I’d much rather spend my time not meeting all that many people, creating, writing and eating Kit Kats. Most of us don’t want to be rejected or look weird in front of people. The truth is, however, that being bold and contacting people - new people and people you already know - will create opportunities. Read More

The Freezer

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

The freezer. It’s a stretch of time. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a point on a path. Most are familiar with it; many are moving out of it, and a few have long since left. You’re in the freezer when you: Are reacting, rather than creating. Don’t believe you can make money doing work you love. Don’t move. Do work that bores you. Consume more than you produce Don’t have enough money to relax into […]

Value in Volume. How to Make More

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Creativity / Productivity / Writing

I beat myself up when I procrastinate. Life is so damn short. For me, it’s inexcusable to lose too much time to excuse-making. But I know how important it is to produce things. Not just one or two things, but many things. Similar things. Day after day after day. It’s not all about quality at first. Worry about quality later. It’s about getting something down on paper today. Read More

How to Succeed With This Small Change in Focus

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Inspiration / Motivation / Productivity

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 […]