Today is my first solo show in a long time, but I figured I was about do for a little one on one with you all. That, and my guest had to cancel our chat, so I was without a new person to fill the gap, but I know you’re going to get a kick out of this episode… literally.

It’s become clear to me there are a number of people in the creative world who really enjoy wallowing in muck. They love to get involved in controversial conversations because it gives them a sense of purpose and misguided duty. I have an old post called 15 Etsy Shops That Are Killing It With Sales, and it is by far my most popular post to date. The post talks about the selected shops from a perspective of sales numbers, and implies that if they can do it, you can too, if you can tap into what they are doing right.

The problem with this post is that people glom onto the idea that some of these sellers are not “handmade” and perhaps they get their products made overseas. Whether that is the case or not is not up for you or I to decide, and it’s not the purpose of the post. What I can say is that none of those sellers became big sellers based on where their products were made, and who made them.

They became big sellers because they hustled, but people will continue to refute the conversation, calling Etsy evil, and toss hate at these sellers because it means the haters can avoid the reality of their own inadequacies. Those inadequacies usually show themselves in one of a four areas.

  • Lack of proper training
  • Unwillingness to put themselves out there
  • Work that isn’t up to snuff
  • Hanging around the wrong people or groups

I’ve seen it time and time again from people who go nowhere. Even some people who seem successful in their business, but are bitter and hateful about the industry usually come from one or more of these mindsets, but they are easy to fix.

What if instead they stopped worrying about how and where other people make their products, and they instead focused their energy toward making cool stuff. What if they chose a path of positivity and productivity instead?

This is the conversation I have today on the show, and I break it down into 10 tips for kicking that negativity in the face so you can get back to productivity in your creative business.

The 10 Tips:

  1. Learn Something New
  2. Teach Others
  3. Be Introspective About Your Work
  4. Ask Your Fans
  5. Go Outside
  6. Hang Out With Like-Minded People You Admire
  7. Do Not Hang Out With Negativity
  8. Turn Off the Internet
  9. Spend More Time Creating
  10. Listen to the Fresh Rag Show

Of course I go into greater detail on each, but you have to listen to the episode to get them. I hope you enjoy it, and then I hope you go kick some ass of your own. Do that, or I’ll send Major Payne to your house (this joke makes sense when you listen.)

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