Building a creative business: The Secret Ingredients (part four)

This is the third installment of a four-part series on building a creative business and lifestyle, based on my experiences, what I’ve learnt from others and my plans for the future.

So what do I think the ‘secret ingredients’ are? Well, like most things that people sell as ‘secrets’ to success, they really aren’t that secret: perseverance, and people.

People

There are so many times I have felt like giving up. I don’t want to admit it and I don’t want to count the number of times, but it’s people that have got me through. Friends who ask me how my writing is going, friends and fellow writers who tell me I’m good enough to keep going, editors and writers who give me critical feedback to improve, readers who tell me how much they enjoy my stories, students who listen to my story and say, “I want to be an author when I grow up,” and artists who are a little bit ahead of me and generously show me the way forward.

Perseverance

There’s a lot I could say on perseverance. No one could ever have got to where they are without it – I wouldn’t be teaching if I hadn’t persevered through a degree (and I would still be teaching if I had persevered through my first few years as a classroom teacher). And of course, there are the much-used examples of people like JK Rowling and Oprah.

Instead, here’s a video by an artist I discovered recently. She says it all, and she says it with a smile and sunshine. You can find her on YouTube under thefrugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich.

Do you agree, or disagree? What would you add to these ideas?

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