Every week I create a schedule for myself.
I check my planner to make sure that I get my artwork done as well as take care of things at home, taking care of my cats, quality time with my family, adventure time with Will, my own personal time..
I have this all written down so that I have a good idea of what my week is like and the things I need to accomplish. I know it might sounds kind of crazy but let me tell you it works! Anyway on my list of to-do’s I put in time for social media – you know like Facebook and Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, etc.
This is so I can share my work with people!
It’s also where I can see what everyone else is doing in the world. Since the internet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s nice to connect with other like minded creatives and see the great work that is being made. So I went to look and see if anyone has read or seen anything that I have posted.
There were a few people who commented awesome things. And then there were people who commented:
“You are just shameless – this isn’t anything great.”
“I don’t see anything special about this – You’re just a sleazy self-promoter.”
“You need a lot of work to do.”
“You should be ashamed posting this!”
Now, a few years ago if I were to see this – I would drown myself in tears. I would literally lock myself up and think that I was just an untalented twat who is trying to be something that I am not and just wallow in self pity.
But now I look at it…and I laugh!
Here’s the thing: Being an artist, a creative, an innovator is hard work. We are not the regular nine to fivers who go in an office and just do this day in and day out.
We are always creating new work and trying to exceed our expectations. We go through trial and error day in and day out until we know and feel like we are going on the right track.
And one of the many obstacles we are going to face is people who think you are worthless and a fake.
There will always be people out there who will think that you aren’t good enough, or talented enough or have the gift to create something extraordinary. Or that you need to go back to school and learn how to become an artist or become a creative person.
Really bro? Okay…tell that to Mozart…who didn’t go to college. Or better yet, tell that to Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters or Johnny Depp. Or Ellen DeGeneres who went to college for one semester and said screw this and dropped out.
The list goes on my friend.
If you have the passion to create, to make something that matters and that will make people go in awe – then continue to create! And let the haters hate.
The best revenge is success and some people haaatteee to see others succeed because at the end of the day, you are doing something so brave that they could never do: You are following your passion.
So get back up, dust yourself off, pick up that camera or paint brush and get back to work.
Now it’s your time to shine!
Have people ever told you that you weren’t good enough? How did you take the news? What can you do now to prove not only to them, but to yourself that you are badass no matter what? Create your revenge of success now and let me know how it goes!
Til Next time – keep creating,