Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby

Engaging with a few underground artists and being a new blogger, I now have an appreciation for people who have been able to achieve a certain level of success as a result of harnessing their gifts and abilities.

A Crowded Market Place

The talent market is so crowded that I know for sure that it takes a lot of hard work to be noticed.  This might be why a lot of people give up on their big ideas. However, I also know that if you keep working on your dreams, you will strike gold. Being on this journey as well, here are a few things about monetizing your gifts, that I have learned so far:

1. Talent is not enough. Sometimes your gift is also a curse because it is not enough to make you successful. You also need the right belief and a ton of courage.

2. Regular practice is important.

You have to perfect your craft. The more you practice, hopefully, the more you know what works and what doesn’t. Talent is also a skill, it becomes better with use.

3. Understand your market.

Keep searching for the right audience for your work. In my opinion, the psych of the market should have an influence on the type of work you put out. I agree that innovation is important, but you need to balance how you engage the market.

4. Do all you can to be seen:

Marketing and selling trumps talent all the time. Be found. Harness the power of advertising.

5. Sell yourself as the best.

Think of yourself as the best thing the market needs. This psychology rubs off on the quality of work you produce.

6. Increase your chances of success by doing more over time.

This is about doing more with new knowledge. If you want to run a marathon, you have to increase the distance you cover at each practice.

7. Offer value.

Find the value offering in your hobby and let that be your focus. People have to benefit from what you do.

Thanks for sharing and I hope you picked something