To get to the yes you want, you have to get comfortable with hearing no. A lot.

Rejection hurts, but it’s part of the creative life. Wear your rejections with pride. Photo from Dreamstime

Get comfortable with no.


Getting your work featured in print, on the radio, or TV can be a game-changer. But it takes a lot of persistence.

Stacks of magazines.
Stacks of magazines.
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You have products or a service to sell.


How Kevin Kelly’s theory gives hope to all independent creators

People at a concert
People at a concert
All you need is 1,000 fans to make a good living from your work. Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

“To be a successful creator, you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur or inventor, you need only thousands of true fans.” — Kevin Kelly


We all know this. So why is it so hard to unplug?

A fuse tripped in the house.


You don’t have to be lonely. Here’s how to get more connected.

Working from home doesn’t have to mean being alone, all the time. Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash


You might prefer Nelson Mandela, Taylor Swift, Tim Ferriss or Oprah. Choose your celebrity guide. And borrow their courage.

Madonna in the 1985 film, Desperately Seeking Susan

In the 1980s, Madonna was my mentor.


How I stopped polishing, and started publishing.

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My name is Sheryl, and I’m a perfectionist.


But don’t let it stop you. Let it motivate you.

Photo by Bruno Figueiredo on Unsplash

Very few people talk about the gap.


Because creative isn’t a noun. It’s what we do.

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I am talking to a writer client.

She is stuck.

As creatives, we sometimes forget this.


Selected resources for finally getting to grips with your finances

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Money, money, money

Sheryl Garratt

Writer; editor; coach, supporting creatives to step up and do their best work — and get paid for it! Find me at www.thecreativelife.net

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