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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Biz Tip: Stick to your guns.

This has been one jam-packed week, full of growth, giveaways and an awesome tutorial (if you haven't entered yet, scroll down to this week's could win an awesome leather handbag), so I will keep this week's biz tip brief.

Today's lesson: Stick to your guns!
Do things your way. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't learn new ways of doing things; by all means, learn EVERYTHING YOU CAN! But, at the end of the day, only you can decide what works for you and what doesn't. As artists and small business owners, we are constantly bombarded with 'helpful' suggestions from friends, loved ones, other artists, cab drivers, the guy at the coffee shop, etc... All telling us we should try this or do that, or go here, or sell there. We all nod and smile, and try to be polite, sometimes we even promise to do as they suggest.

Well folks, this week I am here to tell you that after years of underlying self doubt...peppering its way into every decision, I finally decided that this time, I would do it my way. Uncompromising, decisive, confident, and open. As I venture out into the world of design, the one constant is that when I make decisions based solely on how I think it needs to be done, I have more days of success than failure.

So.... go forth! Stick to your guns. As always, be real about yourself, your limitations, your strengths, and your gifts... but doing it your way is the only way to truly get where you want to be!

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