What is Success?
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
Success – Set the Stage for your Art Business
Everyone that reads this will have a different meaning of what “success” would be for them. Some people would say that they have reached success when the have their art showcased in a world known gallery. Success for others might be when they can support their family from their artwork. There is no right or wrong answer to the definition of success. The only thing that matters is that you achieve what success means to you.
For you to accomplish your goals you will need to have a clear vision of what success means in your eyes. If you do not know what you are working for you will be wasting valuable energy going nowhere. Once you have defined what success means to you, you will be able to set up a marketing strategy that will guide you to your vision.
If you have not already done so, take the time now to write down what success means to you. Set your goals and plan of action.
I am sure that you have heard the saying “starving artist”. I am sure that there are many people that believe in that saying. I don’t. I believe that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to. I am not saying that it will be easy. In fact, it will take a lot of work. If you think that you can create a piece of art and it will sell without effort you are mistaken. If you are not spending time marketing your business, you will have your studio filled with your art that no one will see.
Why do artists fail?
Most artists fail because they are not good at running a business. Some people are afraid of trying new things, others are afraid of failing. Every business owner started where you are today. They succeed because they have a passion for what they do; they have the drive and dedication to learn how they can build a successful career. They are simply living their vision.
Running a business
Running a business is very basic if you break it down. To put it in its basic form, you will create art and you will sell the art that you have created. The challenge will be to build your name, brand and a loyal following. This will happen from hard work and dedication.
Even if you are not a sports fan I am sure that you have heard of the Michael Jordan. Michael is considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time. Most people say people with that much talent are born with it or they are so lucky. I disagree. It all boils down to hard work and drive.
Here is a quote that Michael Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan.
How powerful and motivating is it to hear from someone who is so successful and talented that they have failed over and over again on their path to greatness? The only difference between someone being successful and someone that is not is the willpower to not quit, the motivation to learn, the determination to work until they have accomplished what they have set to achieve. You cannot take away the hard work and effort that someone has done to become who they are. We all have a choice to work as hard or as little as we decide to. The outcome will reflect the decisions that we have made.
First Steps to Success
- Set your goals
- Make a plan
- Follow your plan
- Expect to fail
- Analyze the results
- Revise your plan and try again
- If a plan works, put more effort into it
It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? In fact, it really is. The difficult part is staying focused and self-motivated. The work is hard, repetitious, and strenuous just like any job. The difference is that it is your business.
What does success mean to you?
Are you willing to put the work into achieving what you want?
Are you able to pick yourself up after you fall?
Are you able to motivate yourself to keep going even if you are exhausted?
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