How do you define success for yourself as an artist? Often we follow other people’s versions of success and in this episode we share our journey – not OF success, but how we define it – and how that has changed over time.
In particular, we distinguish between external and internal yardsticks. External yardsticks are things like sales numbers, Instagram followers, or show acceptances, and we have both seen these measurements halt people in their tracks. These things are, to some extent, out of our control and they also continually shift and change because we will never be satisified.
We discuss our own experiences and suggest an alternative approach – setting your own internal benchmarks. These internal measures of success can keep you focused, motivated and excited about your work, allowing you to stay in control of your emotional wellbeing.
Rather than a fixed completed achievement and success as a reward we are aiming for sometime in the future I like to check back to where am I now? and ask “What does a sense of completion look like at this stage?”.
If success is really about continuity and development – being ON the journey, then this question could be great one to consider… “What do you do in the moments after you fail?”
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