All posts filed under: Motivation

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, […]

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 […]

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 Your Main Mission Must Be Shamelessly Selfish

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

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. 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