This weekend I was blown away by the TEDxSanDiego 20/20 Vision event! Wow! Malika Chopra, daughter of Deepak Chopra, advised us to “be present” and live a life of intention. Yao Huang, founder of The Hatchery & Forbes favorite, inspired us to go fix problems. Silvi Alcivar brought it home with her female millennial entrepreneur craft: poetry!
Let me explain. On breaks, Silvi sat in the lobby writing poems for attendees. The prompt was: Who will you be in the year 2020? The process was: come up to Silvi, Silvi asks you questions about you and your 2020 dreams, and types your poetic truth on her red typewriter in a couple of minutes. I caught one recipient tearing up!
Silvi Alcivar is a successful creative female millennial entrepreneur. She’s amazing at her craft, touches people with her art, and is able to make a living from it (that’s a dream for creatives!, isn’t it?). It peaked my interest to ask her how she does it. That turned into a conversation of do’s and don’ts. The don’ts seemed to be most helpful. Here they are:
DON’T FORGET YOU’RE A BUSINESS.
You are running a for-profit business. Silvi reminds us that, “If you want to pay the bills, you’ve got to value your time as money, your experience and education as part of your worth, your knowledge and creative impulses (no one else’s) as the best driving forces of your business.” Go on: roll-up your sleeves, work on your creative craft, and go work on your craft of running a business — finances, marketing, and all!
DON’T WORK FOR FREE.
You are not a charity. I love how Silvi puts it words, “People value you based on how you value yourself. And: if potential clients (tactlessly) say things like, “Oh, your rates are way out of my budget!” that’s just a clear sign they’re not your ideal client (read: are not aligned with your value). Thank them for their interest and move on.” Silvi urges you to learn from her experiences: “working for free doesn’t pay any bills (duh!) and almost always leads to being asked to work for free. In other words: if someone meets you as a sponsor, they’ll see your business as a sponsor, not a for-hire.” What you have to offer has monetary value attached to it. Bottom line: charge!
DON’T MAKE THINGS HARD FOR YOURSELF.
This means you have to sit still for a bit and get a bit clear on your vision, mission, and goals. Based on that, learn to say “yes” to only the things that make sense. Silvi suggests “yes’s” should only be used of “projects, clients, and experiences, that are in keeping with your creative vision, business goals, money goals, and integrity.” It makes sense. Keep it simple.
It’s awesome to be a creative millennial who does what she loves and lives the life she wants to live — with money in her bank account! You can be her. So, go. Go and be her!
About Author: Lolita is a wife and a millennial who loves food, travel and tech. She is a sales tech intrapreneur by trade and a social entrepreneur by nature. Lolita produces, speaks, and writes, at times. She lives in sunny San Diego with her husband and puppy. Follow her on Twitter: @LolitaTaub
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