Being a creative work for hire individual is challenging.
There are no rules.
It’s hard to know where to turn for advice.
And, if you are anything like I was when I was young, chances are you are always looking for acknowledgment and acceptance.
It is natural to think you have to look outside yourself to find the answers. We are trained to research and assimilate information to improve ourselves.
But what if the answer was already inside you? What if you had to no look no further than yourself?
A byproduct of our educational experience is the pressure to conform. To be able to measure progress schools are required to judge against a norm.
Unfortunately, conformity stifles creative solutions depriving us of the freedom to explore solutions that are unique to us. Schools do a terrible job at teaching students to think for themselves, to connect the dots in ways that are unique to us.
Most of us are starting life at a disadvantage. Most times we don’t know it!
Our inbred conformity works against us. If we insist on being a “part of the crowd” our value diminishes because we can easily be replaced.
What if you were to focus on what makes you different?
It’s all a choice, and it’s up to you.
Ask yourself: “how is your approach working for you?” “Are you getting to where you want to go?”
Choosing to be ordinary is up to you just as choosing to be unique is.
Committing to be unique means making a choice to stand out. It means accepting the risk of being rejected. It is a frightening thought for many. But understand that if you choose to be fit in, to be ordinary, you will be one of many. It is hard to stand out in that case.
Turn your attention inward.
Be clear about what makes your heart sing, what you can do better than anyone else.
Honestly ask yourself what YOU do, consciously and unconsciously, that prevents you from making you deliriously happy in your work.
Becoming successful requires the commitment to make the conscious choice to “follow your bliss."
Uniqueness is found inside not by the external search for validation and acceptance.
Articulate your dreams (write them down!).
Make a plan.
Work your plan
Sure. There are risks in taking a stand.
But- do you have the time waste trying to be something your not?
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