Monday, December 8, 2008

The art of duck arrangement

Seth Godin's recent blog post really stirred me up. He's talking about how a lot of people want to 'have done' things but not as many want to actually 'do' the same things. (Witness me and my 'I want to have knitted a sweater even though I don't want to knit' situation.)

Of course, it applies to bigger things as well. I want to sell my books and have them available for everyone, but am I actively doing as much as I need to do to make that happen? Even the parts I don't LIKE doing?

He ends with a great line: "Getting your ducks in a row is not nearly as powerful as actually doing something with your duck."

Too often I think I worry about how my ducks look, and how I look arranging them (not how I physically look, but how I appear to be doing). Aardvark is my main duck right now, and I'm not doing as much as I could do.

What 'duck' are you re-arranging instead of actively working with, and how can you fix that this week?


Diana said...

That's my problem with my jewelry. I really want to make and sell jewelry for a living and I have an Etsy shop, but I really don't do a whole lot to promote it or myself as a jewelry maker. I know that I should be trying to get pieces in gallerys and shops in the area, but I am way to scared of rejection to try.

Good luck with the book.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the book. I want knitted socks, but I won't put my hooks down long enough to learn knitting.

Heather Wardell said...

Diana, your jewelry is gorgeous!

This will sound flippant, but rejection doesn't hurt as much once you've had tons of it. I mean that - make yourself a pledge to contact 100 shops. Don't quit until you've done it. Then see where you're at! :)

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