All posts filed under: Inspiration

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 […]

Why Motivated Creatives Think Like Andy Warhol

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Creativity / Inspiration / Productivity

“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. Read More

11 Things That Stop You Being a Top 1% Creative

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

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. Read More

How to Live with Purpose, Even if You Don’t Have a Clue

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky If I were to ask you to define your purpose in one sentence, could you? Congratulations if you can. You are in the minority. Most of us understand that living a fulfilled life requires this mysterious quality of having purpose. Read More

How to Explode Your Creative Business Through Shameless Honesty

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Brand You / Inspiration / Promotion

Most of us understand the importance of being honest - of being our authentic selves in everyday life. However, I’ve seen that real honesty and transparency is often lacking when it comes to our brands, leadership, careers and businesses, despite these ideas being pushed on us regularly. Following politics for a week shows this to be so. Too many of us underestimate the power of being fully honest in how we present ourselves and do […]

7 Truths that Explain Why You’re Winning Less than You Could Be

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

In a world in which most people are busy covering truths to save face and be nice to one another, sometimes we just need some words of honesty to help those who really need it. If you’re not seeing the results you want yet, it could be that you and those around you are not being totally honest with you. It’s understandable. The truth can be painful. But the truth is vital, because it’s only […]

Why Building Your Own Assets Must Come Before All Else

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Freelancing / Inspiration / Personal Development

I’m currently having one of my ‘all the buses come at once’ months where several illustration jobs have come in within the space of ten days, and I’m furiously working on several projects in time for a string of nearing deadlines. Although I’m grateful for paid work coming in, this rush of gold also means that other areas of my life and career can get neglected (don’t worry, I’ve got my personal hygiene covered). One […]

How a Death Metal Rocker Built a World Renowned Graphic Design Company

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Brand You / Inspiration / Interviews

Radim Malinic is a good friend of mine who consistently amazes me with his ability to produce things of true quality. I suppose this is less of a surprise when you consider that his main philosophy is to focus on quality work, no matter who you're working for. Just looking through these images demonstrates his eye for colour, structure, strong design, and great presentation. His graphic design business Brand Nu was built from scratch, and now […]