By Carolyn Edlund
A few years ago, I met two women who told about their plans to invest in real estate. The market was booming, house flipping was popular, and everybody in the business seemed to be getting rich.
They were partners, they said, and wanted to make it big – so they were learning how to do it.
They had spent $40,000 on seminars, courses, and products that promised to teach them the business.
But they hadn’t made a single real estate investment, nor had they earned a cent, because they were “still learning.”
Artists sometimes do the same thing, taking endless seminars and workshops and reading everything they can. But they don’t jump in because they lack confidence, or they feel that they need to know everything to get it just right before they start.
I ran into an artist a few months back who said that he had been preparing to launch a website for his artwork and also a line of home décor products. He had been working on the concept for three years. He wanted everything to be just perfect.
His website is still under construction, and he doesn’t know when it’s going to launch, because he is dealing with a debilitating fear of failure.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. ~Bill Cosby
Taking the leap and going public with your business is hard. It takes courage, optimism and blind faith. Going into business for yourself means that you will be learning on the job. Everything you read and everyone you listened to while you were learning had their own experiences to relate. Your experiences will be your own.
You have to make mistakes and live through some failures to really “get it” and move forward. Conditions are never going to be perfect to start a business. If that is your criteria, you will be waiting a long, long time.
Starting a business isn’t for everyone. You are practically guaranteed many long hours of thankless work before you get a foothold. You must be persistent, persistent, persistent. You have to be able to not take things personally. That can be a challenge when what you are selling is the art you created from your own very personal inspiration.
If you make the decision to start your own business as an artist and work towards success, you must be willing to face failure – and do it anyway.
See more of artist Eric Hudgins’ work on his website.