Let's face it, no-one works in the creative industry unless they really want to. The bar is set far too high for the casual creative. It has to be a labour of love, fuelled by passion and desire to create. So when we get to be creative for a living, there are certain qualities we must learn if we want to stand a chance of staying at our post. There are many others who are just as eager as you are to have the job that you do, so when it comes to keeping it, we have to demonstrate that we're worth-while. Here are some things we can do to ensure that the boss, or your client base, knows that you mean business and are worth keeping around.
Be Prepared To Change Everything
The data never lies when it's gathered properly so listen to it. The client or the manager is your guiding light, so listen to them. When we're faced with the fact that what we've worked on for a long time has to change in order to improve the data or to please the person paying you, it's not easy. Letting go of something we've invested time and energy in means dropping all attachment to it. Some creative people think they know best and do what their intuition tells them without listening to the guidance first. We need to not do this if we want to remain a member of the professional creative industry.
Enrich Other People's Creativity
It's not all about you and your genius. We're all good at what we do, that's why we're here. So if someone else has a great idea, don't be jealous or competitive, just offer new dimensions, ask questions, be supportive and add your unique perspective. It's fine to let someone else be the one who had the idea, that's the seed planted, yet it takes an entire team to turn that seed into a crop we can harvest. It's difficult to put our light to one side and allow it to empower someone else's lantern. We have to be able to do it if we want to add the most value to our team. If you work for yourself, then it's your clients and your fan-base who make up the team. Without them, you'd not be where you are now.
Be Ready To Learn
No-one likes a know-it-all. If in doubt, say so, and if you don't know then go and find out. Simply ask, or if you're not keen on revealing ignorance in an infinite universe then google it when no-one's looking. Of course there's something you don't know, of course you need to learn new skills. We're not superhuman or paranormal, we're all just people who work hard. This means being hungry for knowledge, being ready to invest time and money in quality learning that provides you with more ability at work. Learn to earn. Take free courses from world class universities here.
It's Not About Money
We all need it, no-one is immune to the ravages of hunger or the bite of winter wind. It costs us money to exist in the world and there's no shame in wanting to make some. You can make a contribution towards our upkeep here. But there's also another reason you work in the creative industry. If it was only money then there would have been enough opportunities for better and less stressful work along the way. No, when we are in the creative industry it's because we have a passion for bringing new things into the world. We know that the world is not perfect and there are plenty of things that need to change. So we set about bringing that change, either through art where we encourage people to think and feel more, or through invention where we improve processes and devices in order to make people's lives better. We care about the world and its inhabitants, and that's why we want to give back.
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