|Five Tools for Success|
The following is an adaptation from Create Your Art Career: Practical Tools, Visualizations, and Self Exploration Exercises for Empowerment and Success, my new book from Allworth Press, an imprint of Sky Horse Publishing that just launched on March 1,2013. Enjoy!
Information is power. Knowing what you want and understanding the marketplace and what it needs is powerful. With that knowledge in hand, you create a career plan. What are the directions available to you as you pursue your creativity in the workplace? Which one or two of those directions will you choose and why? There are many tools and techniques to put into play to create a successful career. But first, you have to know what you want and what success means to you. It is never too early or too late and you are never too young or too old to adapt, become more knowledgeable, and refine what you want and what you do.
So ask yourself:
Does success mean having work published? Do you see yourself having a large audience? Or a small specialized niche? Do you see yourself telling a great story, a hard story, a story others may not want to hear but needs to be told? Can you imagine that your work brings illumination, understanding, edification and inspiration or confrontation and challenges the ideas of others?
Does success mean having a commercial gallery represent you and exhibit your work? Does it mean having the space and time to deepen your message and make your work regardless of where it’s shown or if it’s shown? Do you see your work in the street or going viral? Is it for sale to collectors, individuals, galleries, museums or in corporate collections? Can you imagine your work being funded and in public spaces? Does the art world even matter to you?
Success tool No. 1: Where do you see yourself?
Success tool No. 2: Confirm your own nature and wiring.
Success tool No. 3: What would you do if you couldn’t fail?
Success tool No. 4: Turn your dreams into action steps.
Success tool No. 5: Make conscious choices.
Are you—right now—who you want to be? What you dreamed you’d be doing? Can you make new choices to move in a new direction? It’s easy to get caught up in life, in the “busyness” of routine and survival, in the busyness of being busy. Check in with your definition of success and how you see yourself as a creative professional periodically. It can and will change over time. Don’t judge, don’t censor. Go for it and see what comes. Then adapt and try again. Let your dreams become goals and your knowledge lead you to action. When you define what you want to accomplish and when, you have self-determination. And there’s no stopping you. ∞