This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.
In creative business, we spend a great deal of time looking to other people to tell us what to do. We take courses, seek out gurus and watch to see if we can figure out everyone else’s secret weapons.
What if there is no secret weapon?
What if the actual secret to success is hard work? And relationships? And that little bit of luck (that will come from perseverance) that your products show up at the right place at the right time?
What if you already have all of the information you need to move forward?
Hint: you do. Right now.
Because, no matter where you are or where you’re headed, you were trained at the School of Life. We all were.
And while our How to be a Successful Human Being degree may not be quite as impressive as your friend’s shiny MFA, it means something. It means a whole lot of somethings.
Life will teach you more than you could ever learn sitting in a classroom.
Remember in high school when that boy broke your heart and you said, “hmmm…next time I’m going to listen to my gut.” I knew he was trouble.
Bingo. School of Life.
Now this isn’t to say that you never made boy mistakes again (I’m speaking for myself here), but if you were to look back at all the lessons you’ve learned throughout the course of all of your relationships (romantic or otherwise), you could write a book. A smart one. A compelling one.
And yet we are so quick to discount what we’ve learned from our everyday experiences. No more of that!
In the comments, I’d love to hear what you’ve learned (and applied to your creative business) from the School of Life. We can teach each other!