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  • 5 Questions ALL Creative Artists Should Ask Themselves BEFORE They Start a Businesswww.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • These 5 questions are relevant to all of the creative arts: including fashion [apparel and accessories] design, film & TV, music, graphic design, photography, fine art, etcwww.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • 1.Do you finish what you start?2. Do you have someone (or a system) to keep you accountable?3. Are you willing to take a risk? Are you willing to risk loss in order to make money?4. Are you willing to look foolish?5. Do you surround yourself with people whose talents are different than yours?www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • Do you finish what you start?You like to start new projects. That’s part of what makes you an entrepreneur. The problem is that you cannot make money from projects that you don’t finish, unless you present your completed creative ideas to your potential customers, you have no chance of making any money from them. No way will those half finished projects and ideas pay your bills.www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • 2. Do you have someone (or a system) to keep you accountable?Without a manager or a boss and a clearly defined system, it’s very easy to miss deadlines  – or maybe you don’t miss deadlines because you don’t SET any deadlines for yourself or your business.  I understand it, I have the same problem. That’s why I ALWAYS work with a mentor, a coach, a mastermind group, something that keeps me on track, I don’t want to have to be embarrassed and report that I didn’t accomplish what I was meant to.www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • 3. Are you willing to take a risk? Are you willing to risk loss in order to make money?We all have a level of fear. Sometimes it’s so deeply ingrained we don’t even know it’s fear at all. For me, it comes in the form of procrastination, of inaction, of staying too far INSIDE my comfort zone.  Sometimes I don’t want to try something new or approach a potential client in fear of looking foolish, being rejected, or making a mistake. I often hide it in the “I’m just too busy to do that” scenario playing in my head. Any of this sound familiar to you?www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • 4. Are you willing to look foolish?Why is it we’re so image-conscious and afraid of what other people think?You can be smart, creative, gifted, and talented.  You can have natural skills, ability beyond your peers.  But if you are unwilling to look foolish, you’ll never, ever reach your full potential.www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • If you get out of your comfort zone and do something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but have never done because you’re afraid of what other people will think, you’ll look foolish.  You’ll look like you don’t know what you’re doing.  And the truth of the matter is, no one knows what they are doing until they do it, until they do it over and over again and they fail and get back up and attempt to do it again.  www.FashionMentorOnline.com
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  • The question is not, “Will you ever look foolish?”  Of course you will.  All of us will.  It’s unavoidable.  The question is, “What are you willing to look foolish over?”www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • Here’s your “homework”…..A. My challenge to you is to ask yourself these 5 questions and be completely HONEST about the answers. Write them down here.www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • B. Then pick ONE thing you will work on for the rest of he week. For example, if you find you’re not willing to look foolishwww.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • 5 Questions All Creative Artists Should Ask Themselves BEFORE They Start a Businesswww.FashionMentorOnline.com
  • You’ve just seen the one of the articles relating to Business Success and Business Development, if you would like more information, just visit me at www.FashionMentorOnline.com or just email me at cherylmwidlend@gmail.com And if you have any questions, just email me at cherylmwidlend@gmail.comand I'll be happy to answer them for you. WarmlyCheryl

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  • These questions are relevant to all of the creative arts: including fashion [apparel and accessories] design, film & TV, music, graphic design, photography, fine art, etc
  • 1. Do you finish what you start?2. Do you have someone (or a system) to keep you accountable?3. Are you willing to take a risk? Are you willing to risk loss in orderto make money?4. Are you willing to look foolish?5. Do you surround yourself with people whose talents aredifferent than yours?
  • 1. Do you finish what you start?You like to start new projects. That’s part of whatmakes you an entrepreneur. The problem is that youcannot make money from projects that you don’tfinish, unless you present your completed creativeideas to your potential customers, you have no chanceof making any money from them. No way will thosehalf finished projects and ideas pay your bills.
  • 2. Do you have someone (or a system) to keep you accountable?Without a manager, a boss or mentor and a clearly definedsystem, it’s very easy to miss deadlines – or maybe you don’tmiss deadlines because you don’t SET any deadlines for yourselfor your business. I understand it, I have the same problem.That’s why I ALWAYS work with a mentor, a coach, a mastermindgroup, something that keeps me on track, I don’t want to have tobe embarrassed and report that I didn’t accomplish what I wasmeant to.
  • 3. Are you willing to take a risk? Areyou willing to risk loss in order to make money?We all have a level of fear. Sometimes it’s so deeply ingrainedwe don’t even know it’s fear at all. For me, it comes in the formof procrastination, of inaction, of staying too far INSIDE mycomfort zone. Sometimes I don’t want to try something newor approach a potential client in fear of looking foolish, beingrejected, or making a mistake. I often hide it in the “I’m just toobusy to do that” scenario playing in my head. Any of this soundfamiliar to you?
  • 4. Are you willing to look foolish?Why is it we’re so image-conscious and afraid ofwhat other people think?You can be smart, creative, gifted, andtalented. You can have natural skills, ability beyondyour peers. But if you are unwilling to look foolish,you’ll never, ever reach your full potential.
  • If you get out of your comfort zone and dosomething that you’ve always dreamed of doing buthave never done because you’re afraid of what otherpeople will think, you’ll look foolish. You’ll look likeyou don’t know what you’re doing. And the truth ofthe matter is, no one knows what they are doinguntil they do it, until they do it over and over againand they fail and get back up and attempt to do itagain.
  • The question is not, “Will you ever look foolish?” Ofcourse you will. All of us will. It’s unavoidable. Thequestion is, “What are you willing to look foolish over?”
  • 4. Do you surround yourself with people whose talents are different than yours?As you’re the entrepreneur, the creator, it’s important thatyou have people you work with who are the “finishers”, thereal implementers. This is why I generally don’t recommend2 designers go into business together, as they both tend tobe ideas people which makes it a nightmare to get theproducts out on time. Every assistant and employee I’veever had is extremely detail-oriented. Because I’m not, andI don’t like that side of the business.
  • A. My challenge to you is to ask yourself these 5questions and be completely HONEST about theanswers. Write them down here.
  • 1. Do you finish what you start? Yes No2. Do you have someone (or a system) to keep you accountable? Yes No
  • 3. Are you willing to take a risk? Are you willing to risk loss in order to makemoney? Yes No4. Are you willing to look foolish? Yes No5. Do you surround yourself with people whose talents are different than yours? Yes No
  • B. Then pick ONE thing you will work on for therest of he week. For example, if you find you’renot willing to look foolish
  • · Ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen?· Why are you so concerned what others think?· Is it holding you back from achieving your goals?
  • You’ve just seen the one of the articles relatingto Business Success and Business Development,if you would like more information, just visit meat www.FashionMentorOnline.com or just emailme at cherylmwidlend@gmail.comAnd if you have any questions, just email me atcherylmwidlend@gmail.comand Ill be happy toanswer them for you.WarmlyCheryl