Welcome to this week’s edition of Internet Truffles – my picks of the best for artists and creatives. Help me celebrate this week as it’s been 4 years that I’ve been blogging at The Thriving Creative. The time has flown by. I’m glad you’ve shared in this time with me. I look forward to what the next four years brings. Please delve into the archives where you’ll find 4 years worth of goodies to help you create a creative career that really thrives.
1. Why most people hate to hear their own voice
Everyone hates the sound of their voice. As a voice teacher I hear this all the time. Hell, I hate listening to my voice on recordings because I don’t think it sounds like me. Here’s an explanation why.
2. If you have to work for free, at least do it smartly
It’s not unusual for artists and creatives to have to do some work for free, especially at the start of your career or when you move into new markets. The key is to do it smartly. Here’s 13 ways to do just that.
3. Why rushing around isn’t helping you
Do you rush around trying to juggle loads of things? I do. I know it’s not productive but this study shows it isn’t effective either. Learn the relaxed/focussed habits of elite achievers.
4. Get some business systems in place now!
I’m all for ‘tough love.’ I secretly desire the stick more than the carrot when it comes to getting stuff done in my business and life. And few people brandish the stick as well as Naomi Dunford from Ittybiz. Here’s some tough talking guidance to getting some systems in place in your business.
5. Are you ready to find happiness?
This may be the single most important link I’ve found. The secret to finding happiness in life (and art) no matter WHAT gets chucked at you. It all starts with ABCD…
6. The app that’s getting me to enjoy running
I have tried to like running in the past. I really have. But it never sticks. Until now. I’ve been following the wonderfully named ‘Couch to 5K’ app which does exactly what it says on the label – gets you off your duff and running. Its secret is fartleks. Another great name. Basically intervals of running and walking. A voice tells you to ‘start running’ or ‘start walking’. I translate her message into ‘run fatboy run’ and that gets me going. It’s working. I’m enjoying running. You might like it too. Now run fatboy run!