The New Year is almost upon us. Will this be the year that you take your art business to the next level? What are you doing now to make sure the coming year will be your best ever?
You may need to spend time on one or more of the following educational areas now: factual knowledge and application.
The starting point in any educational process is knowledge of facts, concepts, and terminology. It is important that we understand the material that we read, discuss, and wish to apply in our artist business ventures.
This factual knowledge plays an important part in our understanding of basics and is a beginning point in our education. For those starting out, this area needs extra emphasis in the beginning so that you can make intelligent decisions in the second area, application.
The second level is learning how to apply this knowledge in the real world. It does not matter how smart or educated we are if we do not know how to apply that knowledge in real-world settings.
One of the strengths of reading art marketing blogs like this one and other art marketing resources lies in its coaches, mentors, and trainers that have years of practical knowledge that they can impart to students each day.
These individuals help guide students through the potential pitfalls and mistakes that we might encounter. While this type of guidance is extremely difficult to find in the everyday world, its role in one’s success is invaluable.
Do the extra things it takes…..
So do the extra things it takes in coming months to help you evolve on your path. What book is on your nightstand? It better not have Fabio on the cover. Do you have time set aside to study each night? I know Seinfeld is funny, but he isn’t leading you to the Promised Land!
Are your closing and presentation skills lacking? If so, what are you doing to work on them? Look in the mirror and practice.
Many of us used flash cards to memorize facts back in our school days. If it helped you then, it will likely help you now. Pull out any trick or technique that worked for you in the past. Learning and bettering yourself are noble activities in which none of us should be afraid to engage.
The process of taking yourself from where you are today to where you want to be is not likely to be smooth and easy. There will be days when you are unmotivated and want to be lazy. There will be days that you encounter learning blocks where concepts seem to evade your understanding. There will be days that you lack faith in yourself and feel that this path just wasn’t meant for you. In each of these moments, simply roll your eyes to the back of your head and say, “Evolve.”
No matter what happens with our national economy, there will be people who thrive, and who very much enjoy their prosperity. These are the people who refused to fail, who didn’t give up, and who surround themselves with like-minded people traveling the same evolutionary path. There is no reason you can’t be one of them, and I will do my part to help.