What is a creative rebel?

What is a creative rebel?

I get this question a lot. 

The other thing I get a lot is people saying they're NOT rebels.

Thing is, when I look at the people who say they're not rebels, they're the biggest rebels out there, and they're just insecure because "rebel" sounds like some sort of activist or revolutionary who changes the world and breaks rules on a daily basis.

Nope. A creative rebel is nothing like that.

Forget the numbers and focus on the work.

Forget the numbers and focus on the work.

Yesterday was a peculiar day.

First I got a clear rebel call to action on twitter from Jason Zook.

He said,

Ask yourself this question: "Is anyone ACTUALLY using the social share buttons on my website?" If the answer is no, remove the damn thing! Mediocre content doesn't get shared just because you slapped social sharing icons on your site. Great content gets shared no matter what.

Which made total sense and had me reexamine why I was using Sumo.

Get ready to be aligned.

Get ready to be aligned.

You know how I keep saying how much I hate webinars?

I don't think my aversion to webinars comes from the format or even because they usually contain slides. Mostly, I dislike what they represent - shameless promotion. Obviously, we all need to promote ourselves, but do we need to do it in this way? I mean, giving people some kind of info-dump followed by advertising doesn't sound so good to me.

I'd much rather provide an actual experience, but maybe that's just me.

Thing is, when you dump information on people, it's not a guarantee they'll apply it afterwards. How many times have you seen a webinar and just gone onto the next one? This is the problem with the Internet right now - too. much. consumption. too. little. action. People keep talking about their great plans, but when you check up on them months later, they're still in the inception stage, planning great things soon, but not yet.

Sorry, but planning doesn't count, the actual execution does...

You say you're different? Prove it.

You say you're different? Prove it.

There's a big difference between talking and walking the talk.

In the first instance you can say anything you want. Make yourself look good and professional. Even pronounce to the world that you're "different."

What you can't do, however, is fake walking your talk. It's just not possible.

If you're saying you're different, next we want to see from you HOW you are different (and if we can't find proof you're different, we'll know you're just talking). Is your brand original, does your copy scream you, or is your business model all wacky?

Something you do - or all that you do - needs to be different if you say you are.

Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Instead of throwing the usual daily tantrum:

Waaaa, I don't wanna do this today! and Work is boring, when do I play?

Now I find myself feeling more excited than frustrated:

Wheeeeeee, I can't wait to start tomorrow, and enthusiasm-related insomnia.

Don't get me wrong, work is still work, but I feel like I stumbled upon something that really helped me design a life that is more fun than it is work. It's a simple exercise, which you can try for yourself after watching the short video below. 

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained for 2017.

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained for 2017.

Being a creative, you probably know about Elle Luna's book.

Briefly, it's about coming up to a crossroads in your life where you have to choose between Should and Must, meaning the way you should live your life and the way you are called to live your life. And if you're a rebel, must will always prevail.

My 2016 was all about eliminating Should and free up space for Must.

After reading some fellow creative business owner's end of year reports, I know I wasn't alone. Just when you think you're alone in something, others speak up, and then your heart fills with joy because there are people out there who understand you.

Now back to my year...

When the world makes you grey, watch this.

When the world makes you grey, watch this.

You know how sometimes you feel grey?

It's this weird feeling of being empty. Like someone has sucked out your essence and all you have left is this unused potential. I have felt like this many times when I have had to conform to whatever society deemed to be appropriate for my life.

I let society and the world and my family tell me what I had to do for most of my life - go to school, don't be weird, do what they tell you, behave, and the classic - be good.

When I grew up it was more like - find a partner, start a family, have a career.

But you know, the more I lived and looked around me...

Last Xmas, I failed to launch. This time I'm doing things differently.

Last Xmas, I failed to launch. This time I'm doing things differently.

I was visited by the ghost of past launches...

While I don't believe in resolutions so much, I do believe in hindsight.

Everything makes sense when you look back on it, and when you do, you gain the power to change your present, and future. Which is why I'm taking stock right now.

There's a movie called Failure to Launch, and it pretty much sums up last year for me. While I was doing OK for money and had stable clients, I knew nothing about products. And because I've always loved to create things, I decided it was time.

Finally, a sneak peek into the Creative Rebel Academy.

Finally, a sneak peek into the Creative Rebel Academy.

Hey there rebel,

You know that feeling, like two bear cubs are playing ball with your stomach? Like your fingers are boycotting the article you're writing. Like the moment where everyone screams OMEN in a horror movie. (Or maybe it's just Kirk in Gilmore Girls.)

Yeah... I'm feeling all the feels right now.

Truth is, I have never cared about a project so much and a part of me is terrified of admitting it, lest I jinx it, or somehow convince my flimsy brain that it's time to move on to other things. However, I'm a firm believer that we must face our creative demons.

A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A lot of creatives come to me asking how they can make money.

How they can make their business sustainable.

And I look at their brands and see... products, packages, selling.

I ask myself, What would make me buy from this person? The answer? Nothing.

If you want people to buy from you, you need them to discover you.

For example, I find people from social media, but I don't really care about the screaming messages where they announce it's the LAST DAY to buy...