Encouragement For Artists And Entrepreneurs
As an entrepreneur or artist, it’s easy to get discouraged. Especially when you don’t get the support you expect from family and friends. When the people closest to you aren’t as excited about your ideas as you are, you may start to doubt and second-guess yourself and your ideas. Then that doubt may turn to anger. Then that anger may turn to resentment. Then you give up. This need not be.
I encourage you to stay the course. Stay faithful to yourself and your ideas. The world needs them. No need to sacrifice your contributions to the world just because of the shortsightedness of a few.
Understand something. Disappointment often comes with the entrepreneurial territory. Not every family member or friend is going to agree with what you are doing or be as enthused as you are about your vision. Your business – your craft is YOUR passion. It’s YOUR work. It’s what YOU must do. Which is why you must always maintain your inner strength and move forward with faith in yourself. Don’t base your success off the fact that the people you expected to be ‘all in’ aren’t. In fact, you must remember that these were YOUR expectations. Unless they promised their support, you shouldn’t hold people accountable for your expectations of them.
When you go to them, you may get some fake ‘yes’s’. You may get some ‘no’s’. But, don’t let that stop you. Keep going. In fact, sometimes you have to seek your customers outside of your close circle first. Trust me…when things start going well, the friends and family that wouldn’t support you in the beginning will be there once they see others have embraced your vision and turned it into a success. Sometimes all they need is to see the vision in action.
Besides, I feel that it’s a much better feeling to draw customers who may not know you personally, but who love your product because then you know they are with you out of genuine appreciation for what you have to offer as opposed to just giving you sales out of guilt. Don’t go for the comfortable guilt-trip sales. Go for the unfamiliar. Go for the hard sell. That’s all a part of stepping out on faith. You’ll learn much more by learning to deal with strangers and you’ll gain a greater sense of satisfaction.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not to say that you shouldn’t go to your friends and family and ask for their support. They could very well be genuinely interested in what you’re doing and may even try to help by referring their friends to you or connect you with people who can move you even further forward in your endeavor. My point is that if this doesn’t happen, don’t give up. Don’t get upset. Keep going. Keep your head about you and let your own resolve to succeed be the wind in your sails. Remember, the world needs what you have to offer.
Are you or have you ever been an artist or entrepreneur who has experienced lack of support from the people closest to you? How did you handle it? What is your experience? Please share your comments.
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