It takes effort to get good at something, and then it takes effort to apply that skill, to create. But determination isn’t enough. You also need to apply yourself with focus. Here are three steps that you can take to increase your ability to persevere.
Caroline Weaver, the owner of CW Pencil Enterprise, a specialty pencil shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has managed to make the dream of obsessives come true: What if this thing I love, this strange small thing, could be my job? For Caroline Weaver the humble pencil has provided not only a business—celebrating its two-year anniversary this March—but a book as well, a history of the pencil entitled The Pencil Perfect.
Amazon Music's Digital Design and User Experience Lead Marisa Gallagher, on the important value of being able to speak the right language by communicating to both the creative and business worlds, how a six-month expedition across Spain brought a new perspective to her career, and why attaining an MBA later in life leads to surprising benefits.
Every creative has found themselves at the same career crossroads. One path leads where their heart desires. The other leads to "real" jobs. Mike Sager has stood there, and he reflects on why he dropped out of Georgetown Law School to live the creative life.
Technological innovations will continue to wow and delight, but they’ll also come and go. In the creative world there is no replacement for the human touch, as Australian calligrapher Gemma O’Brien shows us.