Show Up Consistently
The last couple of weeks have been busy. Very busy. I was running around like a chihuahua chasing its tail. To paraphrase the Duke of Edinburgh, I've ..."been running around like a blue-arsed-fly."
I say that right up front because I feel a bit guilty for not publishing a blog or the newsletter last week. I've always known consistency is important but it home last week.
That is the concept. You show up consistently without fail. Well, last week I failed.
Because I was so busy with everything I let the newsletter slide. I let it get away from me. I gave myself permission to give this one a pass. I thought nobody will notice. I thought nobody will really care.
I was wrong. I got a stream of emails asking if I was okay and asking where I went. One emailer even demanded, "where’s my little artsy newsletter!?" - you know who you are!
Conclusion - If you say you're going to publish every week, by gum you should publish every week.
Big publishers don't miss an edition. Professional publishers don't give themselves a pass. I couldn't imagine National Geographic, Scientific American, or the New Yorker would miss an edition.
Though I'm not a big publisher, I do consider myself a professional.
The three keys to professional success, as I learned them from a salty ole Gunny, are:
1. Show up on time
2. Be in the right uniform
3. Do the job.
Passion is great but you need consistency to get things done.
Show up on time and do the work. The uniform is optional for me today.
I'm moving on. Fall down, get up, move forward.
Oh yeah - My drawing this week is a cardinal, it's the state bird of Ohio. I've been thinking of seeing my friends next month in Ohio. I hope I see a cardinal there and I hope I see you there too. If you live in Ohio that is.
Until next week, I wish you peace.
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