Before lunch, put together an elevator pitch for a project you have
Mur’s up! She’s from Durham, NC & she’s talking about taking a step back to see what you’re doing.
She also started without a plan. She noticed that once you’re done with the rush of creativity, how can you measure success if you had no goal? You only can compare yourself to others & you’ll go mad! It’s awful.
YOU CANNOT DEFINE SUCCESS BY COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
Set a goal for yourself so you can see if you are successful instead of comparing yourself to others.A goal gives you:
- guidance if you get stuck
Gallup poll: 2% of Americans think they’re rich. Ppl always thinks “Rich” is more money than you happen to have.
Unpublished author success: a story sale. Then it’s a small press book. Then it’s a large press book, etc.Success implies something terminal. But it’s not (except in sumo)!
- Specific: I want X# of, say, listeners
- Measurable: can actually measure it. Opposite of vague. Vague is where dreams die.
- Achieveable: must pick something you actually can do. Don’t put down yourself, but youknow.
- Realistic: can dress up like Batman, but you can’t BE Batman.
- Time: set time frame for your goal. (Me: If you don’t know when you’re gonna do something, will you ever do it?)
So…you need a tool is something to help you reach your goal. People tend to define themselves by their tool. No! You are a content creator. Define yourself correctly.
Don’t get too far into ALL the tools. You have to pick a small set of tools to use. If you try to use them all, you won’t create. That’s a dangerous trap to fall into.
We have to grow up & say “Here’s my project This is what I want to get out of it. When I hit that mark (I aimed at), then I have been a success.”
She’s working through these things herself.
The goal thing works! Like flossing. Amazing that it works (Me: power of attraction, much? 🙂 )
If you want something something someone else has, look at what they did to get it.
(Term: Podio book authors)
Her setup for podcasting: Mac with Amadeus Pro software to edit (crashes less than Audacity), and hosts most of own podcasts, except Farpoint media (did I hear that right?) is one she uses.
Mur Recommends….Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife
How to keep goals from overwhelming you? Do the Zen Habits thing of only changing 1 habit at a time.