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Are you a starter, a finisher or both?

A few years ago I was at a live event and we were asked this question – are you a starter or a finisher?

The presenter then explained that STARTERS were people who often had great ideas and amazing enthusiasm at the beginning, but then fizzled out, got distracted or started something new before ever finishing the project.

FINISHERS on the other hand, keep going till the job is done and can get upset with people who, in their eyes, “flake out” before completing the mission.

There are also a rare breed of people who are naturally both STARTERS and FINISHERS.  They come up with great ideas, get inspired AND get it done!

As we sat thinking about ourselves and our way of doing things, he then asked all the STARTERS to stand up.  If memory served, it was about 75% of the room.

They then sat down and the FINISHERS stood up.

He then told the STARTERS to take a good look around – if you are a STARTER it’s important to partner with a FINISHER so you get things done.

Another way to look at this is through the lens of Follow-Through.  Follow-through is basically finishing.  I love some of the tips Marie Forleo gives in this video but I also love the idea of finding a finisher to partner with if you really like to keep starting new things.

There is no rule that says the same person has to take a job from start to finish – but you won’t find much success if no one ever finishes what you start. – Tara Reed

On Facebook there have been quite a few discussions lately in the art licensing circles about whether you HAVE TO learn to use Photoshop or Illustrator to succeed.  Do you HAVE TO learn to put your art in repeat?  Can the client do this stuff or can you outsource it?

As you can imagine, there were almost as many opinions as there were responses.  My personal feeling:  the more you know and the value you can provide your clients, the more repeat business you will get.  (For that reason I have FINALLY committed to really learning Illustrator… and it’s going better than expected after only a few days.)

At the same time, I can provide the value to my client by hiring someone to do the work that needs to be in Illustrator if I so choose as well.  or Photoshop… whatever the case may be.  The key is to get the job done.

SO… food for thought today:  do you like to finish what you start or will you find another way?

Watch this video – Marie has some great ideas for people who want to better manage themselves so they don’t get distracted before the finish line if they choose to do it themselves.


Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life

This has been going around Facebook and Jennifer Pugh brought it to my attention – on the absolute perfect day for me!  I SO NEEDED this reminder – it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day drama, decisions, fear of the present and future, questioning the past… our brains really are  amazing and can work for us or against us if we let them run wild.

So today – take a few minutes and watch this video… stop everything else you are doing.  Listen, watch and breathe.  Nothing else.  It’s only 3 minutes – you can do it and I promise – it’s worth it.


Here’s to your creative success.

– Tara Reed

Keep moving…

Some days you may feel like you are stuck in quicksand and others like you could run a marathon… that’s just how it goes.  The most important thing?  KEEP MOVING.

What will you do TODAY to move your art business forward?

Here are 5 ideas:

  1. Start a new art collection.
  2. Look at art you have and see if you can add things to make it a collection that would work well for licensing.
  3. Submit your art to a manufacturer.
  4. Follow up with a company you have shown your art to.
  5. Look at your website and make sure it makes a great first impression.  If it doesn’t – change it.

Quote - Martin Luther King

Never Stop Learning…

Quote - Never Stop Learning

Live in the present, look to and believe in your future but don’t forget to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate what you have accomplished thus far…

Be a life long learner.  Change is constant:  be observant, watch and learn how to adapt and thrive.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

What do you see?

Quote - What you see

Personally, I think both what you look at  as well as what you see are crucial…

What you focus on AND how you interpret it – or what you see – will have a big impact on your life and your business.

Some food for thought… for the rest of the day I invite you to be aware of what you are looking at / focusing on and how you “see” it.  Is there another way that would make your life easier, happier, more peaceful?  Does one view make you anxious and another make you hopeful?

Shift your focus to improve your life.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

 

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!

Elevation2014.com [affiliate link]


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

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