thriving in your creative life and business
Wondering, hmmm, why not do that thing today?See this post to find out what I'm talking about.
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This week's why-not: gathering places.
There are places where I habitually hang out online, like the Floop, for instance.
I have this new thing.
It's called Unlocking Your Brilliance.
'No, I've tried that before and it just doesn't work for my people.'
Sometimes you'll hear me say that out loud when you suggest, why don't I try this or that?
Sometimes the only one who hears it is me, in my head.
I've had my own business for six years, and I've learned a lot.
But the business I started back then is not the business I have today.
I started out, working for myself, as an arts marketing consultant.
When you're just starting out with your wonderful Thing -- new business, new creation -- the idea of getting testimonials (ugh) is scary. And feels awkward.What if people say no?What if they never say anything?And how do you even ask?
Ah, yes.That lonely moment.You know it:
it's the moment when you put something out in the world and you listen and hear … crickets.
It could be a blog post that meant a lot to you.It could be something new you listed on etsy.It could be a status update on Facebook.
I'm a frequent user of earplugs.I'm a light sleeper who lives in a noisy neighborhood, so one day a few years ago, I went down to the CVS and bought one box of every kind of earplug they had in stock.I tested each one and found that Flents Quiet Please! worked best for me.
Obsessive? Maybe, but I needed sleep, dammit!
I love it when things do double duty, like the wooden lemon reamer that turned out to be perfect for muddling when you turn it upside down (to make jalapeno daiquiris, of course). But it's hard to think like that in business.
It's easy to get caught up in wondering, is it worthwhile doing X, when it's not really filling up my piggy bank?What I'm learning is that my business is supporting me in so many more ways.
(Not that making money isn't important.
It is. Very.
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