What Not to Do…

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The awe-inspiring Keri Smith featured this list in her book, “The Artist’s Survival Kit

You’ve probably seen it floating around the internet but the sheer wisdom and weight contained within this seemingly simple list just begs for it to be repeated as many times as it takes for talented artists (and craft makers and bakers and mothers and students and race car drivers and quite literally everyone else in the world who strives to better their lives…) to really GET it and make a daily practice of living the opposite of what each step suggests:

Now I’m curious:

Which ones are you experiencing right now?

How are you going to go about changing that for yourself?


  1. I’m always battling with No 10, a great list.

    Comment by Jo Reed — February 23, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  2. #6 is my downfall.

    Comment by Julie Bradley — February 23, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

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  4. #5 – I’m good at what I do, then pay myself less than min. wage.

    Comment by Chini Noon — March 27, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  5. Oh, yes, the changing part. I’m sticking with what I think I’d pay for something and not let myself talk myself into going below that. If I don’t make enough of a profit, I won’t be doing it long anyway, so may as well increase my self valuation.

    Comment by Chini Noon — March 27, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  6. LOL! #10 is certainly my little mistake! Also #1 . . . there are a few creatives I consider to be role models but sometimes it triggers me to think disempowering thoughts.

    The good news is #2- my family is so sweet about believing in my work!

    Comment by Jane — May 27, 2011 @ 10:47 am

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