All posts tagged: Motivation

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 […]

If You’re Worried About How to Make a Living from Your Creative Skills…

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Business / Motivation / Taking Action

A subscriber of mine told me that one of her biggest worries right now is that she won't be able to make a living as an illustrator. She is scared that she will not make it. Despite reading lots of blogs on the subject and listening to podcasts, she simply does not feel she has the courage to put herself out there and start working for herself until she feels absolutely prepared. Read More

How to Expand Your Creative Business: The ‘Daily Drop-By’ 30-Day Challenge

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Clients / Motivation / Promotion / Referrals

Landing new paid work for your creative enterprise can be bloody difficult. Whether you run a bigger creative company or you are a part-timer artist, the biggest challenge very often is to win new assignments or commissions. You've chosen to be your own boss rather than work under somebody else's rules. I hear ya. The freedom to decide when and where to work under your own terms is a delicious idea... ...But with freedom comes […]

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 […]

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 […]

How I Create More Time and Rarely Get Overwhelmed

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Freelancing / Motivation / Productivity

I still have days where I feel distracted and get less done than I’d hoped. I still have moments where I feel stress and a lack of motivation. There are also days where I spend the entire day working, but usually those days are out of a love for work, rather than a need to do it. There are still some curveballs thrown that catch me off-guard for a while too. Read More