Now is the perfect time to identify the work that no longer interests you.

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The lockdown has undeniably been one of the most surreal experiences of our lifetime. It remains as baffling as it does unfathomable. The majority of business owners and freelancers have seen a sudden drop in clients. Many are simply not able to operate at all. Terrifying!

The creative industries, along with most business sectors (other than E-commerce, supermarkets, takeaways, etc.) will shortly embark on the long road to recovery. It’s not going to be easy, far from it. If your product or service is 100% essential to your customers, you’ll be rocking. …


Anything but mundane.

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The world of creativity. I love it. I love the expression, the people, the inspiration and the opportunity to work mindfully. It’s a beautiful thing. Maybe it’s your career? Perhaps it’s your hobby? Either way, a creative adult has remained in touch with their artistic spirit, which is lost by many as soon as we leave school.

I altogether lost my way at the age of 16. Ignoring the fact that art and graphic design were my best grades, my primary interest was getting wasted. I was working shit jobs so that I had the funds for an almighty mad one every single weekend. …


Quietly making a noise

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Easily overwhelmed with most forms of social interaction, near-permanent cravings for solitude, softly spoken, contemplative and reflective. For these reasons and many many more, an introvert will often work solo as a freelancer or set a business up based around their characteristic traits.

All well and good. But what if those traits come across as the opposite of what’s acceptable in the corporate world, quiet. A quiet person can’t run a business, can they? On the surface, no. Not if they want it to succeed anyway.

However, where introverts lack in the want or need to raise our voices, they altogether make up for with an endless flow of creative ideas, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work and market themselves differently. …


Social distancing? We’ve been practising for this our whole lives.

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As the UK enters the first stages of experimenting with relaxing some of the lockdown restrictions, businesses are preparing to reopen. Those that didn’t close can hope for turnover to pick up once again. Life as we knew it back to normal in no time, right? Wrong.

The keyword there is experimenting. It’s a trial basis that could easily result in a second spike — one step forward, two steps backwards. The uncertainty, although quite terrifying for our health and livelihoods, can be used to make relevant and timely changes to your business model.

A full lockdown could happen all over again. At this stage, nobody knows where it’s heading. Secondly, previous pandemic viruses like the Spanish Flu didn’t disappear all that quickly. The more we can provide our products or services under social distancing rules, the more resilient and volatile our businesses become. …


Finding the right balance as your career evolves

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Creativity rocks up in many forms throughout our lives. In its purest state, the levels of motivation are unprecedented. In return, we’re rewarded with a long-lasting sense of accomplishment, fulfilment, and most importantly, calm.

That’s the good shit. Other cases range from ‘happy with that’, to ‘kill me now’. Those that pursue a creative career are often forced to compromise if they want to guarantee regular work. At least to start with.

Finding the right balance as your career evolves is essential for ongoing enthusiasm. …


Doing business, the awkward way

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On the surface, going into business when you’re highly anxious around other people is a terrible idea. If the general advice is to be believed, charismatically flaunting our wares to big networking groups is the route to success.

If people buy from people, then it’s the ‘big personalities’ and ‘larger than life’ folks they’ll choose to hand their money over to.

Thankfully that’s all bullshit. Well, it’s true in many respects, but it’s by no means the only way of ensuring the ongoing prosperity of your career. …


Because it’s unlikely they’ll tell you directly.

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Graciously floating around under the radar. Backstage, rather than on-stage. Obscurity in preference to the limelight. No words over meaningless words.

An introvert won’t be in a hurry to let you know that they’ve little desire for small talk. That they’d rather be on their own than engage in trivial conversation. Or that they need three months to recover after each social obligation.

They’ll simply crack on with doing what they do best, living their wildest adventures right inside their heads.

Modern society is slowly coming around to the idea of an introvert’s purpose. The deep-thinking, contemplative and reflective folk provide a much-needed counterbalance to the rising noise of the world. Yet, there’s still a widespread stigma that we’re somewhat different, misfits, oddballs, and outsiders. …


The good, the bad and the insane.

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What draws a person towards creativity? Why do some folks live for it, and others merely abandon it from the point of leaving school?

The creative adult is a rare yet fundamental subspecies of the human race.

If you mingle within artistic circles then this may not initially seem the case. However, broadening the mind to include everyone you know: As a percentage, how many of these people would you consider being creatively driven? Not that many, right?

The wiring of the brain is why some people choose to continue with a creativity practice throughout their entire lives.

An article on Culture Partnership states…


Balancing mental health & imagination.

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In comparison to body size, human beings possess the largest brains of all vertebrates. Throughout evolution, our survival has always depended on becoming the dominant species. Adapting, innovating, growing and figuring out ways to live with increased comfort as time unravels itself.

Without creativity and forward-thinking ideas, we’d still be running around in animal skins and living in caves. I’d be writing this article (in visual form) on the walls with charcoal and possibly a bit of ground-up rock for added vibrancy.

“The human brain is by far the most complex physical object known to us in the entire cosmos” — Owen Gingerich. …


Nothing to do = Opportunity.

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A furious and relentless wave of boredom has flooded the entire planet. It’s unforgiving, affects humans of all ages and the symptoms are quite terrifying.

Five seconds of Facebook during a pandemic is enough to make you want to gouge your eyeballs out with a white-hot poker. One word, challenges. Fuck me!

Our key workers (absolute legends, thank you!) and those that carry on earning are the immune minority in this story. Many of these incredible people are being pushed to their extreme limits.

A moment of boredom is something they can only wish for.

Also included in the immunity category — Introverts. Yup, they’ve been preparing for this their whole lives. Boredom is a word we once heard of long, long ago, but it doesn’t enter our thought space for any other reason than to write an article about it. Well, that and when we force it upon ourselves for idea generation…

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Mike Hindle

Mental Health, Melancholy & Monochrome. A self-employed introvert, living for creativity. greyskydays.com

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