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“Sometimes the greatest benefit comes from failure. Failure forces us to pursue an alternative path that we wouldn’t have otherwise considered.” -Alex Lickerman MD
Its risky trying something for the first time. Sometimes the fear of failure keeps us from taking new projects or trying new ideas. But I failing is part of the game. Not every swing is going to be a home run. What matters is how you react.
Each step forward is a step towards progress. So I try to keep this in mind when there seems to be no hope in sight. I follow 2 principals that help me stay focused when my original plan fails.
OODA Loop- observe–orient–decide–act. Instead of wasting hours thinking about the obstacle i’m facing, I use this process to navigate a path forward.
Launch. Fail. Iteration, Stick with it….. Remember, the greatest benefit any situation has to offer is wisdom. If you screw up, learn from it and keep it moving.
When you're first starting out one of the biggest questions is how to get creative work. How do I find a job and get paid?
When I started out I tried everything. I wasted a lot of time and energy running on a treadmill and not going anywhere. Here are a few things that actually worked for me.
1. Made samples for myself.
People like to see previous work. If you're able to produce a sample it helps the customer know what they are getting. Making samples also gives you a benchmark of how long a particular project will take and how much energy will it take to get the job done.
2. Leveraged my contacts.
I contacted the people I already know to see if they were interested in getting my product. A lot of people will say that the're interested but its only official once they hand over the money.
My first few clients are important because they were my spokesmen. Treat them well and keep them happy. I always give more to people who refer me. It becomes a beneficial relationship where we can help each other.
Sandblasted condominium signs painted with 1-Shot Sign paint.Read More
Go-pro time lapse of window graphics for a local business.
It was 4:15am on a Saturday morning January 2014. I cleaned myself up and got dressed for work. My tools were already loaded in the truck from the day before. I grabbed my keys, wallet, a coffee, and was out the door. I got in my truck, turned it on, lit a cigarette, and rolled down the window. The air was so damn cold. I had a nice hangover so the cold air felt good to me. I turned on the iPod and Otis came on. For some reason on this day I could feel every word and the music hit me in my fucking soul. The song was called Cigarettes and Coffee.
I sat in my truck and listened to that track over and over. His music helped me through some hard times.
A lot has changed since then but I never forgot that day. This painting is dedicated to the life and music of this great musician. Otis Redding.
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Marvin Gaye airbrush on canvas.Read More
Why make a blog?
I read a book called The Millionaire Course by Marc Allen. It took me a year to finish the book because I would read paragraphs over and over. This book had a huge impact on my life. I followed the steps because I had just quit my job and started a freelance career. I needed some direction and this book was like a road map for me.
I wanted to document the process so I started writing everything down in my notebook. I added sketches, random ideas, business ideas, hustle motivation, quotes, goals, and milestones. I'm still adding to my notebook.
I started this blog to document the process. I learned a lot this year. I had to focus my energy.
Have you ever thought about escaping your 9-5 and building a brand?