Growing Pains [76]

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If you’ve ever send a marketing email with a dead link, started a project with no idea how to manage it, or spent years trying to make the wrong thing work, this episode is for you!

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This week’s topic was inspired by a busy and stressful week for both of us – a week in which we had to learn, adapt, and employ what Alice calls “just-in-time” learning.

Our discussion covers growing pains in both our art and our business. We discuss the importance of failure or mistakes (and how we learn from them) and debate Seth Godin’s idea that sometimes we are struggling because we are in a dip and will soon start to come up out of it, while at other times we are struggling because we actually went into a cul-de-sac, from which we can never emerge.

In this case, he suggests, the best course of action is to give up and find something else to do. We both lean towards the idea that learning and growing are essential, which makes growing pains not only inevitable but actually desirable.

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2 replies
  1. Deborah George
    Deborah George says:

    Hello Louise and Alice, Great podcast. Here I am fretting over Instagram posts (in Connected Artists) and trying to get ALL the lessons done in Find Your Joy Taster Course when the two of you are juggling virtual art show prep and online freebie class! Truly puts things in perspective. As a veteran (retired) teacher of 25 years I can honestly say the two of you are natural born teachers. Your presentations are clear, succinct, spot on. Visuals are marvelous. Podcasts are brilliant! Your care and concern for your audience is present in everything you do. Thank you.

    • Alice
      Alice says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time Deborah. I’m sure we’ve learnt by getting lots of things wrong and plenty of hair pulling, but we just try to make it as easy as we can… don’t always succeed in that mind you!

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