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Tuesday
Nov222011

The Best Thing I Ever Learned, About Learning

We're deeply committed to helping you establish the habit of ongoing, lifelong learning. It's critical to your success as an artist and for your success in marketing and selling your art.

Lifelong learning habits are a characteristic of the most successful artists.

Improving your business and artistic skills is not a one-time thing, it's a lifelong thing. There are tons of options out there to help keep you growing: in-person workshops and seminars, online classes, mentors, coaches, all with and without books and/or formal lessons. 

Whew! How do you decide what's going to work for you? As with all things pertaining to your art (and your life, in my opinion), first you get clear on who and what you are. Do you love working in groups, in-person?  Do you prefer to work at your own pace, alone? Or do you like a variety of learning situations? As an artist you might prefer your lessons presented visually. Perhaps you prefer to read your info, or maybe hearing it works better for you. Think about it.

I figured this out the hard way, and after sinking some serious money into in-person group classes and workshops, I realized that I don't really do well in a group and prefer to work at my own pace with a coach or mentor to guide me. On the other hand, I know lots of people who absolutely stagnate when left to their own devices and thrive when working in a group. There is no one right way, it's about finding what's right for YOU and then making time for it, regularly.

As always, I'm here for you. For those of you in the US, have a yummy Thanksgiving.

All my best to you and yours!


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P.S. If you're like me and love to have great resources around, I suggest you get on the email list for Aletta de Wal's new book "My Real Job Is Being An Artist: What You Should Know Before You Quit Your Day Job (Or Get One)."  It'll be published early next year. I've read it, and it's fabulous and will be ordering 10 copies for family and friends. Honest. It's not just one size fits all "how to" or cheerleaderish "self help." It will help you get reealllyy clear about where you are and what YOUR most effective next steps are. Email me to get on the notification list, and get special goodies too!    

Want to know exactly how we can help you set up your ongoing learning and get it all done?If you haven't already had one, you can request a free 15-minute conversation here. It's a great start!  

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