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Encouragement For Artists And Entrepreneurs

January 22nd, 2013 by Will Nesbitt Leave a comment Go to comments
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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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  1. January 22nd, 2013 at 21:07 | #1

    I started my entrepreneur journey in 2007 with a company named Pre-paid legal. I was so excited and invited all my family, friends, old classmates,etc to any opportunity to introduce them with the company. This process repeated with Avon, Mary Kay, Ameriplan…you get the idea. By the time I stared my own company all my family were laughing at the many failed attempts. When I became a notary they laughed until someone needed my services. When I stared making candles they laughed behind my back until they wanted freebies. Sparkle & Company is now 4 years old and everyone is quiet. Some of my family have even been known to say I don’t have a real job. They are right, I don’t have a real job. I have a real business that belongs to me. I won’t give up…I’m not where I want to be, but that GOD I’m not where I used to be!!!

  2. Will
    January 22nd, 2013 at 21:13 | #2

    That is an excellent testimony of perseverance, Kyesha! Thank you for sharing. Much success to you now and in the future.

  3. January 23rd, 2013 at 01:03 | #3

    I’m an entrepreneur and I’ve experienced moments where my family and friends didn’t support my business or dreams. This was merely, because mt dreams often lead me to a new opportunity. I must admit at some stages, it was discouraging. I thought, these are my friends and family so surely they would help me. When I looked deep inside, I realized it wasn’t them, it was me. I didn’t believe enough in my own dream to persevere. It wasn’t until I came to this realization that my friends and family became the path to strengthen my faith in my abilities, to accept no from those whom truly loved me. For if I could accept it from them, it would be easier from a stranger. I also knew that once I made it, the support would come unexpectedly from those who had laughed out indirectly and or directly tried to discourage me. I also realized that my expectations of my success couldn’t hinge on those that don’t determine my path. I now know success and failure begins and ends with me. I must be wiling to fail in order to succeed. I must learn to become uncomfortable to grow and succeed, because if I wanted what others didn’t have, I must be willing to do what others won’t to reach my goal.

  4. Chepkemboi Nelson
    January 23rd, 2013 at 02:21 | #4

    As I was reading this, I thought to myself that even though this was geared towards the artists and entrepreneurs, its fitting for anyone that has had any type of dream to do better for themselves or their family. I don’t have my own business, but it was still encouraging words that I needed to hear for me to press on in furthering my education.
    Loved it!

  5. Will
    January 23rd, 2013 at 08:26 | #5

    That’s a very powerful perspective, Oronde. One which will definitely move you ahead and keep you focused on your journey to achieve your goals. Thanks for sharing your story.

  6. Will
    January 23rd, 2013 at 08:29 | #6

    Chepkemboi, I’m glad this post and the experiences of others who’ve commented connect with you. Perseverance is a principle that can be applied to anyone. Keep moving forward to learn and further your education. Much success to you, my friend! Thank you for your comments.

  7. IJ
    January 26th, 2013 at 09:36 | #7

    Resonates deeply! As and entrepreneur & an artist, I find that it’s hard for people who have chosen the path of regular employment and perhaps more security to understand our journey. It’s a bit like the collusion of 2 worlds that don’t always have the keys to understand each others.
    My family has now come to terms with choice, and as things progress it’s easier for believe in my path. But I did have to leave certain people behind because they were too negative and unsupportive of my vision.
    The journey is hard work, it’s not always easy but it’s worth it.
    And I also found that as I let go of the unsupportive people I started to attract more supportive people.
    In a way, it felt like the nay-sayers were reflecting my own doubts. So as I got stronger, they disappeared from my life! 😉

  8. Will
    January 27th, 2013 at 21:56 | #8

    IJ, I agree. It’s typically harder for those who have chosen a more well-worn path to understand those are more adventurous. And vice versa. We all have our own paths to follow and lives to lead. There are plenty of people who have dreams and goals, but who won’t pursue them simply because they feel they can’t. It would be ‘irresponsible’ to do so. But what could be more irresponsible than to allow our innate gifts to go to waste?
    Thank you for being an example of freedom and adventure, IJ. And thank you for your input.

  9. Trina A. Carter
    September 25th, 2013 at 02:05 | #9

    Nothing is ever by coincidence. I am so glad that God led me to look back over some of your posts because this was right on time. I got annoyed by people from my neighborhood telling me not to worry about trying to start my non-profit in my neighborhood because “ain’t nobody over there gonna do anything”. I was annoyed but not discouraged. Lately, I’ve had so many people tell me they support me and they are going to play their part in making this thing happen and then when it comes down to that moment of action, they are not showing up in any way. I literally just requested they physically show up and that was apparently too much to ask of them. I’m not defeated by this but your encouragement was just the shot in the arm I needed. Thanks, as always. We will revisit this again in a few years to see how I successfully handle it.

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