[118] The Only Race is With Yourself

 

Do you feel ‘left behind’ when you look at other handmade businesses?

Do you worry that you aren’t doing enough? That your business isn’t growing fast enough? That you should be where that person is?

I’m here to tell you that this is a super-common feeling. AND that you need to stop looking at and comparing yourself to those other businesses out there.

You can only do what YOU can do. You cannot compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.

That is: maybe you have a job, and children, and elderly parents, and a partner, and hobbies… etc etc. In other words – your life only leaves you with a certain amount of time free to work on your business.

Your free time may be vastly different to that person’s free time.

Stop acting like you’re in a race with other people. The only race is with yourself.

 

 

Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • Many fledgling creative entrepreneurs struggle with finding what they think is enough time, energy, and resources.
  • There are times when establishing a business will feel onerous and times when it will feel easy.
  • What really matters is that you enjoy the majority of the journey. Otherwise a time will come when it all becomes too hard.
  • “You are not in competition with someone else. You’re not racing someone else. You’re simply racing against yourself.” {Jess}
  • In the words of Mary Schmich “the race is long and in the end it is only with yourself.”
  • It is okay for your craft to remain a hobby rather than a business. (Jess shares an anecdote from a Thriver Circle member who made the decision to close her business and instead pursue her craft as a pastime).
  • Establishing a business is more than just creating your saleable project. You will be spending a large proportion of time learning about marketing, administration, finances, connecting with people.
  • Factor in your time, energy and resources when making goals.
  • “We get frustrated from the disparity between our reality and our imagined reality.” {Jess}
  • Create a toolkit of time management and planning strategies.
  • Building a business takes times, patience and long-term dedication.
  • “Every little step is progress forward. No matter how small it is. It is always a step forward and it is always something to be proud of.” {Jess}

 

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[113] Seeking Freedom with Beth Kempton

 

How important is freedom to you?

For me, it’s essential. Freedom is one of my most core values. I have deliberately designed my life to increase my sense of freedom, so that I can spend each day doing what I love.

But what exactly IS freedom? It will mean different things to different people.

For example: for me, freedom is being able to wake up every day and be in charge of how I spend my time. When my life follows that script, I feel free – even though, from the outside, I might not seem free – I own a house, I’m married, I have 2 businesses and I teach a regular yoga class. I have a cat dependent on me ;D In short – I’m not ‘free’ in the sense of someone with none of these responsibilities. But nevertheless, I’ve never felt freer.

My guest this week has written a whole book on the topic – in fact, it was after reading her book – Freedom Seeker – that I reached out and invited her on the show, because I love how she approached and talked about freedom. It is something you can bring into your life – but you don’t necessarily have to change anything about your life in order to feel more free. Just the way you think about it.

In this chat, Beth Kempton and I talk about her life – her own journey from freedom, away, and back again – and how you can find more freedom in your life and your creative business.

Enjoy.

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Quotes and Highlights from this Episode:

 

  • Beth felt the need to be free in her twenties, she couldn’t bear the idea of tying herself down. So, she studied Japanese at university for the opportunity to go overseas in her second year.
  • When the second year came around, Beth became a sponge for the Japanese language and culture.
  • Beth jumped at every opportunity she was given, putting her hand up for every work and learning possibility. She even managed to get her own TV show. Later on, she became an integral cog in the FIFA World Cup wheel and even worked for UNICEF for a while.
  • “When you really get yourself out there and do something creative there is this knocking on effect”
  • Beth went on art retreat in California where she learned the power in groups of creative women. She was really inspired and decided she wanted to help these women learn how to monetise their creativity.
  • After a successful period of time helping people make money from creativity, Beth has her ‘Bedroom Floor Moment’.
  • “I realised I felt completely suffocated by this life that I had built.”
  • “If you’ve got a lucrative income stream that supports the rest of your business then that’s absolutely fine. You know, there’s no need to kill it but if you allow it take you over and you don’t do the stuff that really lights you up then you just kind of wonder, you know, what am I doing?”
  • After having her second child, Beth took five months maternity leave and the concept of her book, Freedom Seeker, was born.
  • “Actually what happened was in that space of maternity leave the whole book concept came to fruition.”
  • “Business can be a gateway to freedom but you have to set it up in a way that makes you delight in the everyday.”
  • Beth discusses the security of life in business versus the security of life as an employee.
  • “In the current environment, I could not feel more secure in the fact that if I want to generate some money all I have to do is create something and put it out there in the world, to platform I have spent a lot of time building.”
  • Beth talks about three main concepts in her book The Context vs. The Cage, The Eight Freedom Keys and Project Cycles.
  • “So, taking the time to go, what are the facts about what’s going on in my life and what are my thoughts about those facts, and distinguishing the two.”
  • “Don’t put on yourself the burden of not being able to be organised because actually, it’s the secret weapon of the freedom seeker.”
  • Find more about Beth on her website or instagram.

 

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I’ve had a business for a while, and I want to learn more about how to grow.

 

 

Hey Thriver,

You’ve had your handmade business for a good long while. You’ve achieved some success… but you know you could be doing better.

I’ve been where you are, and I want to help you grow your biz from strength to strength.

Here are some resources that will help you grow your established business:

 

 

And, if you’re curious about who I am, you can listen to my story right here: Jess’ Story.

I know, from my own journey, that the learning never stops. I’ve had my handmade business since 2008, and I’ve been fully self-employed since 2010. And every day, I’m still learning!

But, even when you have an established business, you sometimes yearn for guidance and support from other makers.

I wanted this myself… so I created it for others.

It’s called the Thriver Circle,

The Circle is a private mastermind community – full of makers at all stages of their business journey, who want to support you and help your business thrive. You also get access to an ever-expanding library of workshops, courses, podcasts specifically tailored to handmade business owners.

You’ll get my personal support through live calls, videos, chats, as well as the knowledge and support of the hundreds of other makers in the Circle.

Click here to find out more about how the Circle can help you grow your business.

~ Jess x

I’ve started my business, but I’m still in the learning stages.

 

 

Hey Thriver,

You’ve started your handmade business. But you’re still in the beginning, and know you have so much to learn!

Lucky for you – I’ve been right where you are. And I’ve created a bunch of resources to help you do just that.
 

Dive in below!

 

 

And, if you’re curious about who I am, you can listen to my story right here: Jess’ Story.

The first few years of business are a super-steep learning curve. There is so much you don’t know you don’t know… and it can be overwhelming to figure out what to learn next.

If you’d like step-by-step guidance and support that will cut through the confusion and give you a roadmap for growth, come join us in the Thriver Circle.

The Circle is a private mastermind community – full of makers at all stages of their business journey, who want to support you and help your business thrive.

Members also get access to an ever-expanding library of workshops, courses, podcasts specifically tailored to handmade business owners.

You’ll get my personal support through live calls, videos, chats, as well as the knowledge and support of the hundreds of other makers in the Circle.

Click here to find out more about how the Circle can help you grow your business that much faster.

~ Jess x

I have an idea for a business, but I haven’t really started yet.

 

 

Hey Thriver,

So… you’ve got idea. Or an inkling.

You make something… and you think that you might like to start selling that something!

I can help.
 

Here are a number of resources that will help get you started on your business journey!

 

 

And, if you’re curious about who I am, you can listen to my story right here: Jess’ Story.

Starting a business (especially if you’ve never done it before) can seem like a daunting process.

If you’d like step-by-step guidance and support – from me, and from other people who have been right where you are now – come join us in the Thriver Circle.

The Circle is a private mastermind community – full of makers at all stages of their business journey, who want to support you and help your business thrive.

Members get access to an ever-expanding library of workshops, courses, podcasts specifically tailored to handmade business owners (and people just like you, who are still figuring out how to begin).

You’ll get my personal support through live calls, videos, chats, as well as the knowledge and support of the hundreds of other makers in the Circle.

Click here to find out more about how the Circle can help you get your business off the ground!

~ Jess x

 

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