THE MANY HATS OF AN ARTIST.

WHO IS AN ARTIST?

An artist is someone who builds, creates and shares something to change something for good. This is the basic definition of who an artist is.

TO BUILD, CREATE AND SHARE AN ARTIST NEEDS TO PLAY MANY ROLES. SOME OF THESE ROLES ARE:

She is a marketer.

Marketing is about branding yourself. It is about the narratives you tell people.

She knows marketing is about elevating her message above the noise around her.

She builds meaningful connections. She puts her work in the hands of the people that need it.

This is what marketing is – connecting and being helpful. She does this because she knows doing it causes her work to spread.

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ONE EXTREMELY USEFUL SKILL EVERY LEADER SHOULD HAVE.

The ability to troubleshoot is one important skill every leader needs to have. Troubleshooting is the ability to find solutions to problems.
 
If there is one thing we are certain of in life is that things will go wrong. This is the reality of life.
 
Your car will break down. Your water pump will not work. Your business idea will not work. An article you have published will gather no traffic. Your relationship will become stale. You will have a culture of lack of cooperation amongst your group. Your much touted marketing campaign will fail. Your business may end up with litigations.
 
Something, somewhere, somehow will not work. And, as a leader you will need to find out why it is not working and fix it.

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A KEY COMMON TO SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

There are a few things that determines our success in life. One of those is the set of positive decisions we make everyday.

These decisions on their own don’t make us successful. There is a key we need to apply to them if we are going to see the required result.

SEVEN POSITIVE DECISIONS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE MAKE.

To face and fix their problems.

The advantages of problems is that problems make us matter. WIth problems you grow, you wake up to life. Successful people put problems in proper perspective. They face their problems and fix it. Unsuccessful complain about their problems. They cannot understand why they have to face such scenario.

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THINKING TO BE MORE, BETTER AND GREATER.

Every man has more locked up in him than he is aware of. Nothing may seem interesting about him. but he can be more, better and greater. He has it in him to cause change to happen.
 
A better us is in us. We are more than the image we behold in the mirror.
 
A better version of ourselves does not come out of nothing. To become more, better and greater we need to grow. Growth gives us the capacity to be more than we are now and to achieve more.
 
Growth is an expansion in our capacity and knowledge. It is a stretching of our mind.
 
How does a man grow and bring out his potential? In what way does he become a better version of himself and bring out the beautiful locked up in what he is now?
 
Learning is the key to growth. It is knowledge and skill that comes through studying and practice.

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WHERE DOES CONFIDENCE COME FROM?

Life is uncertain. And, there is nothing that says the effort you are making will produce a positive result. It can go either way. This is why we do the things we do for hope. Hope that what we are doing will produce a positive result and not otherwise.

 
There are different roles we play in life. The role I am zeroing in here is the role of the creatives.
 
When it comes to playing our roles as creatives, we tend to tread cautiously. This is because of this uncertainty in life. We will never try many things wholeheartedly if we continue to have a cautious approach to life. We will never give that speech, launch that product, or do that gig.
 
SO, WHAT LEADS TO CONFIDENCE?

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CULTIVATING HABITS OF SUCCESS.

There are patterns in the way we live our lives and do our work. These patterns are automatic with us. All things being equal, they determine the level of success we enjoy in our work.

We call these patterns habits – things we do repeatedly, regularly and most time, without consciously thinking about them.

There are certain truths about habits we need to know if we are going to be able to cultivate habits of success in doing our work.

THREE TRUTHS ABOUT HABITS.

The first truth is that it is not possible to run our lives without habits. They are a part and parcel of our lives. Many of our routine activities are habitual – when we sleep, what we eat, how we work, etc. As a matter of fact our lives are outcomes of our habits.

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WHY DO PEOPLE MISS OPPORTUNITIES? 

” Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” ~ Peter F. Drucker.

WHAT IS OPPORTUNITY?

Let me start by defining opportunities. Opportunity is the coming together of various situations in our lives that provide a favorable condition for achieving an objective.

When we come into an opportunity it empowers us to do that which we may not have been able to do before.

Opportunity puts you in a right atmosphere to make your dream come true. This is why they are important and this is why we need to be able to see them for what they are.

BUT, SOMETIMES WE MISS OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE

We don’t know what opportunities are. 

How do you recognize something you don’t know?

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