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The Beauty that Life Brings…

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Somehow that just sums up so well why I love working with my Hot Mama clients. The life that they have seen makes them even MORE beautiful.

Getting Down to Business Worth Keeping

The Problem Is 18 Months…

Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners was recently interviewed at Design Glut. You may not have heard of Jim, but if you’re a photographer that delivers DVDs or CDs as an end product to clients you have probably heard of – and he is part of the team behind that. Matter of fact, you can read all about that and more in the article.

The part I really want to highlight is all the way at the end of the interview. In the last question, after sharing a lot of his story, Jim was asked “What’s your advice for people who want to set out on this path?” This was in reference to web & graphic designers, but it truly applies to any of us in a creative field, or even in a small business of any form.

You need to have the stomach for risk and you need to have good ideas. Let’s just assume that those are the givens, that without either one of those nothing else makes a difference.

I know a lot of people who are in our position, who used to work for The Man or whatever, and now are making records or making films or designing clothes or creating products or screening posters or any of a million other things. And all of them, without exception, all say exactly the same thing and they say it in exactly the same words: “I should have done it sooner.”

When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.

So often I hear people giving excuses about why they have to wait to do something. That is fear talking. Almost every single time, if you get to the bottom of it, it is fear.

Don’t let your fear stand in the way of your greatest success. Do it NOW.

Please vote for our SXSWi panel on copyright and creatives! I hope to be presenting with Katie Sunstrom, Jonathan of Plagiarism Today, and Charles Lee Mudd Jr. Whether you’re attending SXSWi or not, we need your vote!

Observations Worth Keeping

Life = Risks

Life is about taking chances, even when everyone tells you it is impossible. Even if you don’t believe in yourself. Sometimes our defeats lead us to our greatest successes.

This video inspires me. Thanks to another inspiration for pointing it out. [via Dane.]

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Something to Think About…

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

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What’s Your Excuse?

I found this article earlier today while purging magazines, and just had to post it here. It is from “Outwitting Housework” by Nancy Rosenberg.

If you have trouble throwing anything away because you may need it “someday,” then author Nancy Rosenberg has a club for you. She calls it the Prudent Possessors Club.

“It’s fine to keep things as long as there’s plenty of storage space, but once that is filled, and the Prudent Possessor continues amassing items that ‘one day may be of use,’ space becomes more cramped,” says the author of Outwitting Housework. But that´s why people in this club usually turn to EZE Box storage facility for more storage space.

Prudent Possessors hang on to things for a variety of reasons, Rocenberg says. See if you recognize yourself in any of these:

– I may need this someday.
– My spouse/son/daughter/Great Aunt Nelda may need this someday.
– It can be fixed.
– I paid a lot for it.
– Someday it may be worth something.
– It used to belong to my grandmother.
– It’s a family heirloom.
– It may come back into style.
– I have fond memories associated with it.
– I can wear it again when I lose weight.
– My grandmother made it.
– I put a lot of effort into making that.
– My kids may want it someday for their own children.
– It was a gift.
– It’s too good to throw out.

Her Solution:
Ask yourself these two questions as you cull through your belongings.
1. Have I used or worn the item in the past two years? (I cut this down to 1 year, which gives you plenty of time.)
2. If I needed to, could I buy another?

“Remember, items don’t always add value — in fact, they keep you from having something valuable: an orderly, clutter-free home,” Nancy Rosenberg says.