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Sometimes you are Luke, and sometimes you are Yoda…

Warning:  Star Wars analogy to follow.  :)

In life, most people are Yoda to some and a Jedi to others.  You teach and you learn… but are you truly aware of the role you are playing in different relationships?

I have been trying to be more aware and conscious of who helps me and how I help others lately.  I can get lost in all the things I still want to do that I forget to stop and acknowledge what has been done.

In art licensing, Paul Brent is one of my Yoda’s and I’m his willing Jedi… but to new artists wanting to figure it out I may be the Yoda in the equation…

Today I invite you to acknowledge yourself for the help and inspiration you give others and to reach out and thank those that help you.

I also invite you to take Yoda’s most quoted advice:

Do. or Do Not. There is no Try.


Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you are looking to learn how to DO the business of art licensing, I’ve got tons of resources for you!

  • Head to ArtLicensingInfo.com and take a look around.
  • Wander through the many resources on this blog – you have looked at the tab options too and not just the posts, right?
  • Go to AskAboutArtLicensing.com and see what is coming up, grab some of the free replays and more.

Introducing my Success & Sales Coach – Tiffany Peterson

I’ve decided not to be greedy… it was, after all, through artist Jennifer Pugh that I got the nudge to go to Tiffany’s event last September and get to know the woman who would have a huge impact on both my life and business.

I can’t begin to tell you how much of an impact she has had on my life and business.  I’m excited that she has agreed to spend some time on the phone with me talking about personal development, blocks to success and more.  This is a little different than our usual calls – we don’t need questions because I know what I want you to hear!  The question is – are you prepared to listen?

– Tara Reed

It was an amazing call… if you missed it, sign up here to get access to the free replay.

Tiffany Peterson - bonus call

Want to join me in Salt Lake City in September at Elevation?

I have my ticket and room booked and I’m counting down the days.  I LOVE this event – if after listening to Tiffany and what she’s about, you think you might too – JOIN US!

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About Tiffany Peterson:

Tiffany Walke Peterson has an impressive and detailed repertoire of experience in the personal and professional development industry. Tiffany is a seasoned success trainer, speaker, coach, and facilitator helping individuals and organizations alike  in creating stellar results and lasting change in their professional, financial, and personal lives.

Before founding her own company, Tiffany worked with and for many popular authors and groups, both selling and teaching the content for Franklin Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Jack Canfield, The Success Principles, and The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Robert Kiyosaki, of the world famous Rich Dad, Poor Dad series. The opportunity to be mentored and trained by some of the world’s best authors, teachers, and content has significantly influenced her own successful results and the results she helps others to achieve today.

Tiffany’s career began and successfully grew in the sales and marketing side of the professional and personal development industry. Tiffany serviced many Fortune 500 accounts in her career, including FedEx, Delta Airlines, and Siemens while working closely with C level executives. Tiffany received many promotions in her corporate life experience, managing multiple sales teams and projects, with a responsibility for sales budgets that ranged from $7.5 million to $40 million in annual sales revenue. Due to her record breaking sales achievements, she was sought after to train and mentor her proven sales style, process, and techniques to other sales associates, of which ultimately led her career and her passion for training, speaking, and coaching to evolve into what is now her own business. Tiffany has successfully trained and coached hundreds of sales people, with an average of 30% increase in sales revenue due to her proven methods.

Tiffany is the Founder and President of The Lighthouse Principles, Inc, a training and development firm offering proven methods and strategies to align individuals and organizations in creating success with their own goals, results, and purpose.

Tiffany is a radiant, dynamic, and captivating influence for positive change. Affectionately named, “The Hope Giver”, Tiffany is highly sought after to speak and train to groups and causes of all sizes and influence. She is well known for her passion of success principles and personal growth. She is vibrantly on purpose when she is speaking, coaching, and inspiring others to discover and achieve their own personal and professional potential.

 

Great acts…

Quote - Great Acts

Daily actions get you where you want to go.  You can’t lose 100 lbs over night and you can’t go from a dream to a nice art licensing income in a week.  But taking action every day towards what you want will get you where you need to go much faster than the occasional burst of massive action followed by lots of days just sitting around and thinking about how amazing it could be…

What have you done this week towards licensing your art?  Can you think of at least one action you have taken every day?

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

Am I wrong?

The song “Am I Wrong?” by Nico & Vinz has been stuck in my head for a few days… the first lyrics that really jump out at you are “Am I wrong? For thinking that we could be something for real?”  So for the first dozen times or so I thought it was a love song…

THEN I really started to hear the words and love this song even more.  It’s the story of a person deciding if he should try for something different than everyone else around him… to get out of his comfort zone… sound familiar? :)

Had to share it – there are many days where I feel this way.  Am I wrong to think I can do this?  Am I wrong to think I can build and grow and maintain an art licensing business?

I don’t ask myself that as much as I used to but the thought still pops up from time to time… That’s just resistance checking my resolve.  As they also repeat in the song, “If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong… I don’t want to be right.”

Listen for the first time or with new ears if you think this is a love song.  It’s my newest addition to my “empowerment playlist.”


Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

“Am I Wrong”

Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t tryna do what everybody else doing
Just cause everybody doing what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

So am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see

Am I tripping for having a vision?
My prediction: I’m a be on the top of the world
Walk your walk and don’t look back, always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel
Fight for yours and don’t let go, don’t let them compare you, no
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, that’s just how we feel

Am I wrong? (Am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah oh)
Now am I wrong? (Am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah)
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see

If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right
[2x]

Am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see

So am I wrong? (Am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah oh)
Now am I wrong? (Am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah)
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see

Do you strive to be perfect?

Well… quit it.  It’s a losing battle. (I can say this as an ever-recovering perfectionist.)

Most of the time “Done is better than perfect” because perfect never gets done.

Take, for example, that art collection you are working on. (You are working, right?)  Is it perfect?  Probably not.  Will it ever be?  Probably not.  And you know what – even if you THINK it’s perfect, you will likely find someone who wants to license your perfect creation as long as you make a few changes… :) Nature of art licensing.

So I encourage you to join me in my effort to do great work but to stop over-thinking it in an effort to ‘make it perfect’.

Who’s in?

Quote - Have no fear of perfection

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

One Small Change in my daily routine that has made a Big Difference in my health and business…

Daily Habits.  It is the little things we do or don’t do that often make the biggest difference.  It isn’t just the days we are so inspired we can’t stop creating and we take massive action… they are important too but those little daily habits… they are the key to the kingdom!

In case you don’t know this yet – I’m a bit of a personal and business development junkie.  I love reading and taking classes, listening to audios, etc  How can I be more productive in my life.  In my business.  What is working for others and might it work for me…

One piece of advice that regularly comes up that I ignored until recently was this:  Don’t check your email in the morning.

I had lots of reasons why this was ok for me to do.  “I needed to know what I needed to do for the day” – to the point that I apparently thought I needed to know who had emailed me overnight or on the east coast while I was still in bed – because I would find myself checking email on my phone before ever getting out of bed!

Then in January I made a decision to take charge of my health and put myself first.  I’ve spent so many years taking care of other people and building my business that I kept coming in second… if I was lucky.

I hired a coach to kick my booty for a few months and get me on the straight and narrow.  I was instructed to get to the gym bright and early, first thing!  It was hard at first – in part, because I would look at my email.  The voices in my head – the resistance – would say things like, “You can’t go to the gym, that client needs something from you! Don’t you want the business?”  As I type it I realize that the whole thing is a bit nuts – would 2 hours (which includes travel time and a bit of padding) really be the 2 hours that gets or doesn’t get the deal? Not usually!  Especially if it is 6 am my time – who can really expect me to be up, checking my email and working at 6 am.

But those voices of resistance in your head don’t make any sense… they just try to keep you where you are.  I have discovered that daily habits can help you outsmart resistance!

I now don’t look at my phone until I return home from my workout.  Even if I still go to the gym, I don’t want to be distracted or tempted to work out a little less so I can get back and deal with the pressing email that came in at 4 am my time.  My health comes first.  And you know what?  My business is all the better for it.

What daily habits could you change or tweak to decrease your stress, set better boundaries between work and “life”, etc?  Think about it…

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  Want to learn and read more about resistance?  I highly recommend The War of Art by Steven Pressfield [affiliate link].  Quick, easy read and powerful information!

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We are what we do

Quote - We are what we doSo what are YOU doing on a regular basis?

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

 

Art Licensing is a bit like the Wild, Wild West

This post is inspired by the June 2014 Art Licensing Academy class.  I find myself saying and typing #WildWest a lot!

While I have recently written about how the industry is evolving and is, in my opinion, no longer in the growth phase, that doesn’t mean there are hard and fast rules about how things are done.

Every artist, manufacturer, retailer and agent gets to decide how they run their business.

From the terms they offer or accept, the work they will or won’t do.  The art an artist creates – and how they create it – is up to them.  There are people, like me, who can guide you and tell you what has worked for us.  But if you learn from 5 people you may end up with 5 opinions.

This is a GOOD thing… it means you get to decide!

Since we aren’t engineers or accountants, there is no hard and fast rule.  No right or wrong.  This can be uncomfortable and confusing for artists starting out but you will come to see it as a pretty cool thing.  You are free to learn, absorb and decide what makes sense to you and what doesn’t.  You don’t have to do things that you don’t like.

Don’t like picking up the phone or finding clients?  Find an agent and let them do that for you.  Love doing that and creating art?  Awesome!  Represent yourself.  In the art licensing industry you can do it either way.  Love creating patterns?  You will find clients that love you because you do it and they don’t have to.  Don’t love creating patterns?  Find those clients who still have enough in-house support to toss your icons to their hearts content.

So today I leave you with this thought and this song – if art licensing really is like the Wild West – it’s only in the fact that we make our own rules and decide how we want to show up.  (It’s not that we are out there shooting each other in the back! Please, no!)

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed


What drives you?

Like many other artists, I just got back from SURTEX and am knee-deep (or more!) in laundry and follow up!  I will blog about the show next week but wanted to share a great quote about what drives a successful person…

Character - ZigZilar - #QuoteOfTheDay - ArtLicensingInfoDOTcom

Does this quote describe you?  If so, you are on the road to success! Have a great weekend and I’ll fill you in on my impressions of the show after I get my most pressing follow up done. (and my laundry of course!)

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

Get off your duff…

Get Off Your Duff - #QuoteOfTheDay

Today my duff is getting on airplanes and flying to New York City for the SURTEX show.  I’m SOOOO ready to be DOING the show and done PLANNING FOR and TALKING ABOUT it… lights, paint brush, action I say!

What have YOU been waiting to get started?  Are you stuck in learning mode… convincing yourself that you need to take just one more class, read one more book, lose 10 more pounds… whatever you can come up with… before you DO IT. Before you put yourself out there and get feedback from the market place.

I challenge you to figure out what you have been putting off and DO IT.  Now.  Go.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

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