I’ve received a generous amount of positive feedback in regards to my article “Five Steps to Become a Working Artist,” which I posted to the Cultural Council’s blog in September. The article was also printed by EU Jacksonville in October’s Arts Issue. In that article I outlined a series of steps an artist can take to positively impact their career.
I’m a systematic individual. I have a tendency to analyze projects as a series of sequential steps. Because of this, I am able to break down large projects, which as a whole can feel overwhelming, in to manageable pieces.
Last year I had a colleague ask for my help. He had a goal in mind but needed some assistance with mapping out how to achieve that goal. After he and I sat down together and discussed the goal he wanted to achieve I developed a working journal, which I titled “How To Go From Passively Talking About Something To Actively Doing Something (in 11 simple steps).”
This week I started reading the book “Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things” by Dan Norris. Dan is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning content marketer, international speaker, and the author of several bestseller books. Early in “Create or Hate,” Dan explains why he wrote the book.
“This book exists for only one reason. I believe that the world will be a better place if you create what you want to create. I believe you will be happier, more fulfilled, and maybe even more successful if you create something. The problem is that there are forces working against you. Barriers that are stopping you from breaking through to the creative side of life. If that wasn’t the case, you’d already be creating. This book exists to help you remove those barriers, or at least temporarily lower them. This book exists to help you create something TODAY.”
This excerpt resonated with me. It was the same reason why I created the journal for my colleague. I thought I would post the journal to the Cultural Council’s blog so individuals can download it, print it, and put it to use.
The 11 Steps include:
1. Define your goal
2. Estimating your budget
3. Establishing your timeline
4. Knowing your strengths
5. Accepting your weaknesses
6. Identifying your risks
7. Facing your fears
8. Asking for help
9. Know your path
10. Being accountable
Within each step I ask a series of questions, which are intended to be answered with a specific project in mind. You are welcome to print out as many copies of the journal as you’d like, as well as share it with as many individuals as you’d like. If you have any questions or feedback please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Comments? Submit something for consideration?
Please email Jihan@CulturalCouncil.org