Months of hard work, tears, and sweat.
Weeks of anticipation, connection, and service.
Today is the day we officially re-open the doors of our Creative Business Accelerator after months of revamping the content and building our community. Maybe you saw our new video series “The Productive Creative” that invites people to the program. Maybe not.
A launch of this type is nerve-wracking. I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about what might or might not happen today.
Have you ever had that experience of working so hard to launch a new program or product to have it totally fall flat – no one showed up, signed up, or bought whatever you were offering?
I have, many times over. Every time I release something new, I get nervous. I go back to the place of fear I talked about last week – what if nobody wants this?
If I were to let fear and nerves stop me, I would never launch anything ever again!
I wouldn’t have sold my first piece of original art last month.
I wouldn’t have published three books.
I wouldn’t have started 3 businesses – the first one a miserable failure.
Getting a Ph.D. from Stanford University was a walk in the park compared to this tension.
On the flip side, for every effort and attempt I made, I learned something new. Whether it was technology, marketing, or mindset related, whether it was learning more about you really want from me, I learned something.
At each step of the way I figured out what was missing and what I needed to learn. Then I went and learned it. I found an expert to show me the way. And I kept going.
Thomas Edison famously said about inventing the light bulb: “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
That thousand steps started with one step.
What do you need to learn today? What one thing could you fail at fast, so you can discard it and move on.
What sets successful creatives apart from the rest of the pack? 3 things.
They are willing to fail, over and over again, until they get it right.
They are committed to the journey, even when it’s scary.
They feel the fear, the nerves, the wondering, and they do it anyway.
The world would be a different, darker place if Thomas Edison had given up before taking that 1000th step.
Building a creative business is challenging and exhilarating. I am here for the long haul, nerves and all.
What one thing can you learn today to get you over the current hump?
I will share mine in the FB group and let you know how the launch is going. Will I be celebrating or drowning my sorrows? We’ll see. Could use your support either way. Join me here Productivity for Creative Entrepreneurs
P.S. If you missed our educational video series “The Productive Creative” you can still catch it here. I share my best strategies and some super inspiring stories of how to go from overwhelm and distraction to clarity, confidence, and sales. You can catch the replays here. Link to come later, Leslie, please make a note so we don’t forget!