What’s one of the biggest secrets to maintaining focus?
Setting, aiming for and taking action on a number.
Number? What do I mean by numbers? Phone numbers? No sir. The numbers I’m referring to are target numbers: those you aim to hit for each month or year in order to stay committed and focused on a particular task or action.
The world is moving. Recession or not, there is no doubt that human society is experiencing rapid change, progression, and a shift in the way we interact, do business, create, and experience reality.
I’ve put together a list of some of the bigger and noticeable challenges being faced by those in the creative industries in today’s world. I’ve also included some suggestions on what you can do to deal with them.
Getting ahead inevitably requires communicating with the right people, especially influential ones. But it’s not always easy to get through or even get noticed. Read our comic for ideas that could help you succeed:
All professions and forms of craft require people to feel good to do their best work. This is particularly profound amongst us creative souls, where emotion and the mood we’re in play a huge part in our output.
The idea of doing creative work to make money, over doing it for love has often been met with scorn and heated opposition. Understandably so.
I want to talk about why, in most cases, people are wrong to resist the idea. I’m taking a gulp, because I know this could prove to be a contentious topic of discussion, but something I believe is true, and often ignored.
You work hard at creating pieces of art, design, writing, music, song and dance. But do people truly like what you do? If you want to do well, earn and survive in this industry, it’s quite important that at least a few people do.
I first came across Philippines-based illustrator and designer Dan Matutina’s distinct work many years ago. His hard-edged, original and absorbing creations drew me in, and I featured his earlier stuff on my other site Ape on the Moon.