All posts tagged: confidence

Four powerful mindset fundamentals I use to feel energised and happy

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Creativity / Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

December has swept through like a hurricane of colour, passive annoyance, sugar and noise. Although time for a well-needed break is vital, like most of those who celebrate at this time of year, you’re probably not in the best shape, both mentally and physically. I know I’m not. As heart-warming as the holidays can be, they can also screw us up. We have plenty of excuses at this time of the year to get complacent […]

Why Creative People Should Bother Adding to the Noise

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Creativity / Motivation / Taking Action

I was emailed by a subscriber recently who brought up, in my view, one of the most significant questions that we face as artists and entrepreneurs. All around us we see other great artists; other people starting businesses; people with incredible talent; beautiful products; people making average work; competition, noise. Stuff. Everywhere. People in every corner of the planet are this very second working away at something new to bring into existence. They are adding […]

Create For Yourself, Not for Anyone Else

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Creativity / Productivity / Remarkability

One of the most valuable lessons of working as a freelancer over nine years has been the importance of doing work for myself, rather than for others. This sounds selfish, because I suppose it is, and I get that this seems to go against a lot of what I’ve written about before, which it does not. The key thing I want to drive home is that selfishness is the root to selflessness (and great work […]

On the importance of self confidence for meandering art-makers

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Brand You / Motivation / Personal Development

Something I’ve experienced personally, as well as a thing that comes up a lot amongst the creatives I’ve talked to over the years is lacking belief in oneself and one’s work. I still suffer from pangs of low self confidence. Sometimes in the past it has been so crippling that I found it hard facing each day. Some days it still happens, but I’ve learned to get on top of it, and see things the way […]

5 Steps To Stop Feeling Like an Imposter

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Brand You / Clients / Networking / Promotion

Editor's note: This is a guest post from bow-tie making entrepreneur and designer Tim Aton, who writes more good stuff, over here. I wonder if you're familiar with the term 'Imposter Syndrome?' It can wreak havoc on any designer’s self esteem. No matter what level you're at, no matter how many clients you have, at some point, every designer has asked the question: “am I the real deal?” or “am I worthy enough to call […]