When was the last time you learned something new? I don’t say this in a smarmy way, more of a did you know that learning something new, does us a POWER of good?
I’m always on the learn. I love to listen to podcasts, attend new workshops (recently ceramics) when I can and extend my inner-book of knowledge. This has only happened over the past few years now that my business is sustainable and my children are older - there was no chance of doing any CPD (Continued Professional Development) then.
Now that the internet is a solid place to explore new options - what is stopping us from learning more?
A quick search online and I’ve found that I can learn the basics of basket-weaving, speaking Italian and cooking indian food. There are endless possibilities, I find them a little daunting.
So, here an exercise might help.
Let’s grab a piece of paper and write out 8 - 10 activities that you have done in your life (no matter how long ago, school is fine) and enjoyed.
French Lessons 6
Ceramics & pottery 7
Screen Printing 9
Horse riding 8
Drama - being involved in school productions 9
Now let’s put a grade out of 10 by them. 1 being low, the 10 being high - how much did you enjoy those activities? List below your top three
As you can see from mine, I enjoyed
We now have a clear indication of which three things I might like to take up again. Now is the time to research online, I’m going to look online to see what’s local to me, whichever of these three things it is, I’m going to look at more closely.
So now, over to you.
How is your list looking? I’d love to know.
Ps. I’ve just completed my Diploma in Coaching Skills which am chuffed about, more importantly, I learnt so much doing it.
Sam Barnes has been a practising artist for 25 years. Throughout her career she has had her own gallery, worked with hundreds of artists in making and marketing their own works and exhibited her own extensively. Her work has been successfully published & licensed many times. Sam is passionate about artists, makers and creatives earning a decent living from what they do. Our world needs new and beautiful things and artists deserve liveable incomes. Those two things are possible. Sam writes from her first hand experience and occasionally works 1:1 with others.
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