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Wednesday, 14 May 2014


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Wait before you go please tell me what instrument you use to sign your prints.
This is a serious question.
Thank you.

Mike - let me offer to buy you a copy of a book called "Personal Kanban". It will help reduce Work In Progress and multi-tasking. Net result - more time to focus on things you enjoy.

[Thanks Mark, but too many books is one of my problems! But hold that thought, for the distant day when my life settles down a bit. --Mike]

You have to see this film:
One of the all-time best Canadian movie. I couldn't find a link for an English version but I know there is one; I saw it.
Anyway what's going on is pretty obvious ...

My wife is the Mom behind the Pop me. Without her I wouldn't be able to work at all. She has this bartender's knack - everyone's spilling their guts in front of her. Getting people feel at ease five minutes in. Invaluable trait for a portraitist. Plus, she's incredibly proficient make up artist.
Behind many an artist stands a woman I think. If nothing else, someone has to make sure the artist wears both socks of same colour.

Classic situation for all businesses. Then wait till you try to expand.

Mike, it's called investment. You invest money to make more money. You invest time to make more time.

The secret is to hope for long term earnings and to not sacrifice too much of your short term ressources. (in other words, carpe diem)

As for multitasking, it's rarely a fun thing or an efficient practice. It's what Seth Godin calls Cognitive Overload : http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/05/cognitive-load.html

Your readers won't suddenly leave you because you take a few days off.

My father was a theater man. He was a capable actor, singer, dancer, and piano player. He was also a first-rate director, and that's what he loved the most. When he was in his 40s, he started a theater company so he could direct all the time. Unfortunately, he was also manager and producer. After a few years he had to start hiring other people to direct because he was so busy raising money and running the company. When he realized what had happened, he folded the company and went back to doing freelance directing for other people.

At the risk of being pedantic...

"But do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself." -- Emerson, Self-Reliance

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