Chris Brogan has been encouraging his readers and friends to come up with 3 words to describe their goals and intentions during the next year. He cautions against writing out long, drawn-out statements or resolutions, the theory being that we end up making vague statements such as “I am going to exercise more.”
In that light, my 3 words are:
Simplify: Stop expending energy in a dozen different directions, hoping something will stick. Sit down, plan a little, think about what motivates you, fires your passion, and pursue the artists, bloggers, musicians, filmmakers that are doing it the best. Search their “secrets” of success, and begin to develop your own good habits.
Magnify: Once you have settled on your focused goals, magnify your efforts to expose your art, idea, product, song or film to the world. I never gave it much thought to reach out to interior decorators as a source of income from my art, for example. I will now.
Multiply: Once income begins to flow in, double your efforts to provide more of the same art, music, product, coaching, or service to your very loyal fans and clients.
Go be successful!
We artists go through periods of self-doubt and discouragement, especially when it seems nobody wants to purchase our art. We all know admirers who tell us that our work is very good (but they wouldn’t dare buy anything from us!). Artist Jack White always inspires with his Texas straight talk and razor-sharp wit. Here is an excerpt from his latest article. I hope it inspires you to stay tenacious and everlastingly at it, when it comes to achieving your breakthrough.
by Jack White
Whiteism: Rejection can be painful, but never fatal.
The single most powerful reason artists fail is FEAR of rejection. It’s impossible to be an artist and not experience rejection.
When I started writing I knew I would face multiple rejections. I remember reading the story of crime novelist John Creasey. John set a record of 742 successive rejection slips in a row before he was ever published. John received 500 more rejections than Stephen King before he was published. But once John’s first book was published, he wasted no time exploding on the market.[…]
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