Sunday Letters: Model Success or No?

Sunday Letters: Model Success or No?

It’s a regular Sunday today. Grey skies blanket the world below. Brief bursts of April showers fall now and again, but never enough to soak the ground.

Gentle lofi plays while I sip my americano – a jazz and hip-hop mix.

To “Model Success” or No?

This week I have been doing a lot of thinking. About what it means to “model success”.

Don’t do something new! One, then many sources seemed to shout at me over the internet airwaves recently. Copy what has already been done and proven to work.

Well. That sounds all right and dandy. But, see the thing is, I’d really rather not.

Honestly, I have always been a “rebel”. Or more accurately – I’d rather do my own thing.

This formula – to model, to copy. To define your brand from the very beginning, and then to only do what is “on brand”. Then do X, Y and Z… but not necessarily in that order.

All these directions on what it is to “find success”.

But then are you truly growing your own unique business (and) creator’s voice?

I recall the story of how some young entrepreneurs leased a store. (Where this was or what kind of store I can’t quite recall.)

There were no “rules” that said they couldn’t make it into both an independent music venue as well as a shop.

It was possible: they checked the lease agreement and so on. But it was new – it hadn’t been tried and tested; there wasn’t really a “model” to copy.

As the town was in the middle of a long stretch between two main stops for a lot of tours, they hoped to bring in artists who would be passing by anyway. And then they would have to go all the way to either A or B to see a particular artist. They’d come to them.

It was an ambitious ask.

They could have “modelled” success and made a specific venue for concerts, but they did it in their own unique way.

And it turned out to be incredibly successful.

My Conclusion…

Sure, there is nothing wrong with “modelling success” if that suits your business and where you want to go.

Nor, indeed, defining your brand. Have a direction sure, but let it grow organically – even just a little. Don’t second guess every decision’s brand worthiness (or you’ll get nothing done!).

But if a business model doesn’t yet exist, or has yet to be tried and tested, don’t stop yourself from doing so. Don’t be afraid to push the boat out. Even for experimenting with the “tried and true” routes.

If you have the vision, curiosity and can-do attitude for it: do it.

Bringing your own original spark to your business. It’s an adventure, there is no right way.

Top 18 Simple Techniques To Defeat Stress

Top 18 Simple Techniques To Defeat Stress

Chasing your dreams is never easy. In fact, it is super stressful. Working harder than ever because you are so passionate about what you are doing. But being so focused and driven on achieving results, you can leave yourself vulnerable to poor lifestyle decisions.

All that stress and frustration builds up over time, negatively affecting your health and overall productivity. I’ve written about this before with my post “Dealing with Stress Made Easy with these 10 Quick Tips“.

That’s why it’s paramount to develop a lifestyle that has built-in stress relief. So that you can do you at your best.

And that is also why I am sharing this infographic from customwriting.org, which by and large already includes many of the best techniques to stress-proof your life.

 

Top 18 Simple Techniques To Defeat Stress Infographic

 

Top 18 Simple Techniques To Defeat Stress

10 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood This Weekend

10 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood This Weekend

It’s the weekend, wahoo! Finally. Here are 10 simple ways to boost your mood this weekend. Good mood = everything is suddenly so much better.

So: put down your work tools as soon as you can.

Unless you’re working this weekend, in which case, I salute you! Take a break soon though, yeah?

After all, chilling out is important as it’s good for your overall health and productivity in the week to come.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase from my link I may make a small commission at no cost to you.

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5 Helpful and Realistic Resolutions for a Better 2018

5 Helpful and Realistic Resolutions for a Better 2018

It’s the first day of the New Year and I wonder if you have this New Year’s resolutions at the ready?

Who knows what it is about the turning of the planet that gets us so hyped up.

But what is for certain is that you feel like you get a little extra boost in the motivation department to make a change in your life.

A change for good.

Here are some quick ideas to get you started on this bank holiday and the first day of the year.

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My Solopreneur Life: 10 Struggles & How To Solve Them

My Solopreneur Life: 10 Struggles & How To Solve Them

I am going to talk honestly about the struggles that I face as a solopreneur and how I am overcoming them.

This is potentially a new series I am going to be creating, either monthly or weekly, depending on both how feasible it is and how much interest you have in it. For now, I am going to keep it to monthly updates and see how we go.

Firstly, I will go over a little bit about me, if you don’t know where I am coming from on this.

Hi there, my name is Cat Garrett and I am a 24-year-old solopreneur. I have worked several stable 9 to 5 jobs since graduating university in 2014, where I studied animation. However, none of them were really meant to be. None of them clicked.

Now, I find myself as a solopreneur, wearing all of the hats and doing all of the work. I take full ownership of every success and every failure.

This month, even this past week, I have had many struggles which I have had to overcome.

Read on for a candid and personal look into building a business – and doing it all by yourself. (more…)

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