Do you ever ask yourself why “this” had to happen to you? Your drive to create, the desire to make a living with your creative skills… I mean, let’s face it, wouldn’t your life be simpler if you had a passion for numbers and became an accountant? Or if you loved structures and formulas and became a civil engineer?
I’m not saying life would be easier, but it would definitely be simpler… right?
But that just wasn’t meant to be. You were born to be an artist. Whether you make money and live off of your art is mostly irrelevant. Because every time you thought you’d had enough, that you couldn’t do this anymore because it was too hard, ultimately you always came back to your pencils, brushes, camera, notes…
There isn’t any way around it, you are a creative, and like it or not, you have to create.
The reason I’m writing to you today is to say:
A) You’ve got this. Hard doesn’t mean impossible. If you know that you are meant to do great things, connect with amazing people, and share your message with the world, don’t give up. We all need to hear what you have to say and see what you have to create!
B) You don’t have to take all the hits by yourself. You are not alone, and as I wrote in a blog post few months back… you don’t get a medal because you tried to do #allthethings in your business by yourself.
The path to entrepreneurship is paved with obstacles, but these obstacles are all signs, check-ins, and tests to make sure you are serious about your commitment.
Every success story also has its share of stumbling blocks…
Like J.K. Rowling, who authored the Harry Potter books and is currently the second-richest female entertainer on the planet (right behind Oprah), who was turned down by twelve different publishers before signing her first book deal…
Or Cézanne, whose submissions to the Salon were rejected every year from 1864 to 1869…
Or Elvis, whose first performance at the Grand Ole Opry flopped, and was told by the concert hall manager that he’d be better off going back to driving trucks in Memphis than trying to keep playing music…
… and need I remind you of Steve Jobs, who was fired by his own company?
I believe success is inevitable with the right strategy, execution, and mindset.
And not only do I believe this, but I've also witnessed it first-hand with clients who diligently work on EACH of these 3 pillars to grow a creative business that fulfills them financially and personally.
Yet, so many of you aren’t doing this! And to be completely honest, it makes me really sad. You have so much potential, and you are leaving opportunities on the table.
If you don’t know what you need to do to get to where you want to go, then ask for help.
If you do know what you need to do to get to where you want to go, then do what you need to do (even if it’s scary).
Ready to take action? Share with me the scary thing that you’ll be doing to turn the impossible into possible!
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