How To Succeed As A Creative Entrepreneur

Vincent Vicari
Jan 5, 2017 · 3 min read

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The one barrier to your success is you. That little voice in your head that says no to your success. We all experience it. We all are susceptible to our own self-doubt. Stop and think how many times you held yourself back. Imagine what could have been? In the age of the entrepreneur, don’t be your own worst enemy.

By nature, most of us blame other people and events for our lack of success. Blaming others and things for something we didn’t do really doesn’t make sense. Yet we continue to limit our own possibilities.

The time is now, to end this vicious cycle.

Have you worried about things beyond your control? I have. Many times. More than I care to admit. It’s the same with my lack of pursuing something I wanted to pursue. I held back because I made excuses. I was fearful something beyond my control was going to interfere.

You can’t worry about that. Why bother worrying about things beyond your control?

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine-and shadows will fall behind you.”

-Walt Whitman

Five Ways To Not Stop Your Own Success

You know that voice inside your head that says stop, don’t go there? That same voice is keeping you from your own success. It’s holding you back. While this is good when you want to skydive without a chute, it’s horrible for your entrepreneurial spirit. Don’t let your own head be your own barrier.

  1. Don’t worry about what you can’t control. None of us can control others. We try. We hope we can. But, controlling others is a futile and dishonest way to exist. Each individual will live and exist the way they choose. Trying to get others to conform to your way builds relationships that will ultimately fail. Let others exist as they are. You can control your reaction to them.
  2. Stop doubting yourself. Your self-doubt is unhealthy. Instead, be humble. Realize what your weaknesses are and work to overcome them. We all have limitations, but we also all are capable. Don’t doubt what you can do.
  3. Release the negatives. We hear this all the time but focusing on the negatives not only limits your creativity but stymies your inner-entrepreneur.
  4. Success starts with consistency. If you create, create regularly and consistently. You develop your skills. You improve your craft. Success takes time. But gosh, the journey is fun.
  5. Learn from your mistakes. We all fail. I fail daily. But I learn from those failures. Those twenty pieces of crumpled drawing paper sitting on my floor taught me something.

Success as a creative entrepreneur and in life rests solely within us. If I had to add a sixth tip to my list, I would say don’t expect much from others. We create expectations on others that honestly, will never be fulfilled. Don’t invest more than you will realistically get back.

Wrap Up

Don’t prevent yourself from finding your success. Remove your self-doubt by expelling the negatives. Stop worrying. Stay consistent and most importantly, learn. Make your plan for success and write it down.

If you have a positive story or more tips for success, I would love for you to share!

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Vincent Vicari

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Mandala artist. Photographer. Storyteller.

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