The goal is never to work harder. It's to work smarter.
I've been thinking a lot lately about working hard. We can only work so hard before maxing out. That's when it's time to move on to something new. If you'll indulge me for being a bit more personal in this newsletter, I'll tell you how it applies to you at the end.
Some of the peak moments (as Chris Guillebeau calls them) for Art Biz Coach over the past 8 years have been:
2002 – Started Art Marketing Action newsletter under a different title, created Art Biz Coach, taught first e-classes
2003 – Sold first e-books, led first live art-marketing workshops
2004 – Launched Art Biz Blog
2007 – Started broadcasting Art Marketing Action Podcast
2008 – Published I'd Rather Be in the Studio!
I've gained great value from each of these actions, but times change. I change. I need to evolve in order to lead a full life, but also in order to do best by you.
My personal theme for 2010 is “collaborate and innovate.” In order to innovate, something that takes time and energy has to go. I can't add any more to my plate (e.g. “work harder”). I need to work smarter.
The Big Announcement
The last Art Marketing Action Podcast will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 24.
Here's how I decided the podcast had to go:
- It's a duplication of content — the written newsletter in audio format. It's fun to create new content, but not so much fun to recite text.
- Somewhat related to the first point: the challenge is missing. This was a biggie for me!
- I don't interact with people who listen to the podcast. Where I grow and learn the most is in my online classes, live events, and on the blog and Facebook. All of those feed my curiosity and lead to better answers and ideas for you.
I'm so excited for the plans I have for you in 2011, but I'm not quite ready to share details.
Do you need to move on to something new?
Are you a member or leader of an organization that is no longer serving you?
Are you showing at the same venues over and over again?
Is your teaching no longer a challenge?
If you're doing something that you think might not be working, ask yourself:
- Is it fun?
- Is it a challenge?
- Am I learning anything?
- Am I working too hard and not smart enough?
What do you need to release?