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What’s Your Biggest Strength?

Mar 31, 2011

by daniellexo

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Would you guess that in my off-time I’m also drawn to hanging out with scrappy entrepreneurs? Most of my friends have Etsy shops, small businesses or some kind of creative career and when we get together (especially if a few glasses of wine are involved) we end up spilling our guts about the difficulties of staying inspired, managing a mini-enterprise and how the heck to file our taxes properly. I recently met up with a handful of my whip-smart friends and, before we headed down that path of frustration (and before we opened that bottle of wine), I said, “Let’s do something different tonight! Let’s go around the table and talk about the things we are great at.” This request was greeted with blinking eyes and silence; quite a feat for this group! But once we got started, the accomplishments and virtues started to flow. If one of us was stuck, someone else at the table would chirp up and remind them of their greatest strength.

I wanted to share this experience with the rest of you. There’s some aspect of running your small online business that you, too, are really, really good at. Do you ever acknowledge it?

So here’s the challenge, brainstorm a list of what you know you are doing right with your business. Ruminate on each strength and decide which three you are the best at.

Now, turn the page of your sketchbook and brainstorm how you can expand those skills/abilities/efforts. Get creative! Here are a few examples from the Etsy Success team to get the wheels turning:

Sketch by Michelle Cavigliano of My Zoetrope

 

Sketch by April Starr of Flourish Cafe

Sketch by Allisa Jacobs of Allisa Jacobs

Ready to take on the challenge? Awesome! Be sure to share your homework by taking a photo or scanning your work, then blog about it or share the link with us in the comments below.

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161 comments

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    This was very inspiring and gave me some ideas. Thank you!!

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught said 8 years ago

    love this idea. Its even good to ask about other aspects of your life. Thanks

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Looks like a great exercise, I'll have to try this out myself. I love writing blog posts but I don't often do it for other people. Certainly something to think about! It's important to get motivated from positive life aspects rather than dwelling on the negative, its a great way to move forward.

  • BarkingSandsVintage

    BarkingSandsVintage said 8 years ago

    Such a good plan--focus on the positive!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Wonderful idea, Danielle! When I read this, I sat and thought about what my strengths are and admit that I am still trying to decide. I could easily come up with weakness and things I should improve upon though. Thank you for always encouraging us to dig deeper and for sharing these great suggestions!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 8 years ago

    Danielle, you always give us something to think about.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Such a good planning and idea :))

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 8 years ago

    HoneysuckleLane, you are right, it is an exercise that focuses on digging deeper.

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 8 years ago

    ...Wow, thanks for the prompt! I spend way too much time thinking about what I'm doing wrong and this sounds like a much more positive the-glass-is-half-full approach!

  • DailySip

    DailySip said 8 years ago

    I love these illustrations! A good way to identify what you are doing well and what you need to do!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Every morning I wake up new ideas , every night I am sleeping with them :) crazy i know but i will do it !

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 8 years ago

    Getting started on my brainstorming now! Thank you so much Danielle! You are always spot on with your wonderful advice!

  • Numbers14

    Numbers14 said 8 years ago

    great article

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 8 years ago

    those illustrations are wonderful! this is great, thanks for sharing!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Monday I went Joan Baez concert in Paris and i cant believe she is 70 years old and she play her gitar more then two hours ! It was wonderful and I sad i can do it more things ! New ideas green life ,fresh life , positive energy !as always !

  • Seymour

    Seymour said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, all really constructive helpful ideas to pin down each specific challenge.

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 8 years ago

    Thank you for reminding me to stop and focus, it was much needed at this time:) Great article.

  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin said 8 years ago

    Ugh. I have such a hard time figuring out what I do well! Love the sketches!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great article and food for thought! Thanks!

  • EchoesOfSummer

    EchoesOfSummer said 8 years ago

    Great constructive challenge, I have a pin board in my shop where I hang up things I want to remember or pics that keep me smiling through the day. This morning, my list will be taking center of the board. Thank you Danielle :)

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 8 years ago

    thank you for focusing on the now. sometimes i feel like i'm always trying to be somewhere else: with family, life stages, home situation, and my work. it's good to be reminded of our strengths and why now is so good.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 8 years ago

    Thanks, Danielle! Great time to be reminded of our talents and the gifts our Creator has bestowed on us!

  • FlourishAndDebonair

    FlourishAndDebonair said 8 years ago

    This activity was so inspiring! Thanks for your help, Danielle! :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Such a great post! Thank you!!! =)

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 8 years ago

    Oh that's hard. You see if I say something about my strengths it sounds like bragging. I blame the nuns for making us too modest. I will try . . . . .

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana said 8 years ago

    Yes--inspiring, timely, motivating. Thanks, Danielle.

  • NeedlesnPinsStichery

    NeedlesnPinsStichery said 8 years ago

    This is good. I think we always dwell on what is going wrong than what we are doing right. Thanks for the story!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 8 years ago

    Staying positive is so important...positive thought breeds a more positive reality. Great post!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 8 years ago

    It is a very inspiring article that reminda me to stay positive and keep working. Thanks for sharing!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder about focusing on the things that are good. Sometimes it's hard when bumps keep appearing in the road. While on a one week stress leave, my close friend was sent a letter telling him that he was fired. So I spent last evening joking with him and we spent some of that time listing all the things that were good in his life. I could totally relate because when I was downsized it was a horrible surprise. When I was able to stop being angry, I thought about a) what made me happy b) what I wanted out of my future and that led me to go to jewellery school, develop a business and become self employed.

  • mindimade

    mindimade said 8 years ago

    positivity begets positivity! what a great reminder not to be too hard on ourselves and to accentuate the positive instead. nice article, danielle! cheers!

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 8 years ago

    focus on the positive part - great idea! Thank you for the inspiration:)

  • Ahkriti

    Ahkriti said 8 years ago

    Oh this post is so so inspiring! Thank you Danielle! I liked the way you wrote it all down like the SWOT analysis! Liked the buy arts supplies for daughter...am gonna use this idea to spend some creative time with my girls!!!! After a sale this week, the client actually wrote me an email for my sincerity in my creations and it felt so good. I actually stopped for sometime and patted myself and said...yes, I know I am doing it right...sales will come in. Keep counting your blessings!

  • WanderLustre

    WanderLustre said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful! You motivated and inspired me. I love how seeing the inspiration process of others through the sketchbook pages can help to ignite my own creativity. Just another example of Etsy magic and how it can extend into other sectors as well! I'm thinking of my life as a nursing student -- we can always stand to be a little more gracious towards ourselves! Thanks so much.

  • townandcountry12

    townandcountry12 said 8 years ago

    Danielle you have given me the push I needed to start selling on Etsy. I have been thinking this move until it has holes in it. My places that I have sold my crafts have just about dried up where I live, (craft fairs) I have done well with those but it is time to do more than read about everything I can find about Etsy, so I am ready to do more than dip my toes in the pool. Grand post.

  • LesasPlunderPlace

    LesasPlunderPlace said 8 years ago

    Cool! Cool! Cool! What a great question to ask oneself, and now I want to try my hand at this exercise. Thank you!

  • ustyle

    ustyle said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the positive uplift. I'm always thinking of new ideas but I'm not always sure of myself. Thank you my new spring resolution will yo be more positive!!

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this, I love positive thinking! I truly think if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Sometimes you have to literally write out your strengths for true belief in yourself :)

  • ustyle

    ustyle said 8 years ago

    Sorry typo - I will be more positive ! And learn how to type!!!

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 8 years ago

    This is so nice! The idea is helpful, and I love the creative way they were each done! very inspiring!!!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much Danielle! It's good to be able to toot your own horn once in a while, right?

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    I love this idea! It's so easy to get stuck in the rut of "I'm not selling enough", and not really acknowledge that one's creative talent is developing rapidly. And if one loses sight of where one is on the road of progress, one often turns around and goes backwards.

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 8 years ago

    This is a good exercise & I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks : )

  • providencevintage

    providencevintage said 8 years ago

    This is huge. Our society focuses so much sometimes at building our weakness - not a bad idea, but if we forget about our strengths andthose things that come naturally to use, we miss that special edge. We aren't being as full, aren't being who we were meant to be. Thank you, Danielle, for inspiring us to be who we are meant to be! Laura from Providence Vintage

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • therustyschwinn

    therustyschwinn said 8 years ago

    Girl, you are speakin' my language!

  • LunaNora

    LunaNora said 8 years ago

    http://lunanora.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-14-etsy-success-challenge-whats.html Thank you Danielle!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 8 years ago

    what a great idea! thanks danielle! :) xox

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 8 years ago

    To bad I cant post pics here.... I would show you my "to do or to accomplish" list. It starts in the center of the paper with arrows going outward with goals completely going all the way around the center......

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 8 years ago

    *love* this idea - will be giving it a whirl - and thanks for showing some real examples!

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 8 years ago

    hmmm....good idea

  • brahmanda

    brahmanda said 8 years ago

    awesome idea! I wish I could make more connections with people on the internet.... I guess that would be a good starting point!

  • HeyLittleSister

    HeyLittleSister said 8 years ago

    Not everyone is going to LOVE everything we create...it's a fact, but the very cool thing with Etsy...such positive and generous sellers that support and have our backs. I thank God each day for the talents/ gifts and friends he has given me. There is so much good energy here...the world could sure use more of that.

  • WormeWoole

    WormeWoole said 8 years ago

    What a neat thing you did for your friends that day, Danielle. Thank you for reminding us to look for the good in ourselves and what we do.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    this is just wonderful Danielle, thanks!!!!!!

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 8 years ago

    Interesting! Thank you!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 8 years ago

    very fun article. makes a lot of sense. :)

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    ...and I promise to do the important things first and not waste time then try to squeeze it in later... Uh oh! This means not trawling (never surfing) the web in the early morning in my nightie...

  • wolflady

    wolflady said 8 years ago

    Thanks for thye great tips and ideas.

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 8 years ago

    ok Danielle give me the paper!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 8 years ago

    Fabulously inspiring post and images!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 8 years ago

    So constructive and inspiring- thank you!!

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 8 years ago

    That's what we all need! If I feel happy or positive than good things happen if not immediately but in a couple of days! Thanks Danielle!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    I ilke the process, starting with the positive instead of the negative. Have I been doing it back- the- front all this time? A "creative" way to think. I can do this! :) Love the post Danielle! Thanks.

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!!! Starting right now! Thanks Danielle! :)

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 8 years ago

    Oh sometimes it is hard to keep your head up! I am a teen tiedyer who had great high hopes of terrific sales on Etsy, and when that didn't happen immediately for me, I had to remember to be thankful for the sales I had... and figure out how to generate more views to my items. I know everyone will not fall in love with my 'wearable art' but those who favorite an item sure to bring a smile to my face. It's all about appreciating he little things!!! Thanks for the inspiration to keep working hard, appreciating the good, and loving what I do! Briar Kathleen Rose

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 8 years ago

    What a refreshing perspective. You're right Danielle; it's all too easy to put ourselves down. There's a balance though, and focusing on the good things helps keep us upbeat and motivated. I appreciate the real sketches and brainstorming charts, too. Great work, Etsy Success team!

  • cre8ivecat

    cre8ivecat said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring post!! Even at 36, I sadly admit that I occasionally struggle with low self-esteem. However, I DO know that I am REALLY good at many aspects of my work. I am inspired to keep moving forward! Thanks again!

  • mythofus

    mythofus said 8 years ago

    it really is too easy- especially when business is down- to focus on what we aren't doing. I like that this focused on the positive and how to focus those things on currents projects, ideas, etc

  • elegantgirl

    elegantgirl said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this amazing article!! Always staying postive, staying motivated, having a balance, recharging our creative brains, and remaining focused on the future is so important! Thanks for including me in the article, I am honored!!:)

  • shyrabbit

    shyrabbit said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle, Great food for thought...Love your post, Thanks Michael

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 8 years ago

    YES! There are things we are doing right, and that is where our thoughts should live. From there, we can kindly and thoughtfully improve the other areas.

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 8 years ago

    Loved your Brainstorm methodology! (Especially since I can't get beyond my 11th Sale....) Thanks for sharing :) Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • ellenhowardhandmade

    ellenhowardhandmade said 8 years ago

    looking at the positive side of things, and what works best always brings more good and positive your way. building on the positives.....yes!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 8 years ago

    this is great to know , especiailly when you feel like giving up .

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! I'm so tweeting this!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 8 years ago

    This was a fun exercise...it really helped me focus thanks for including my notes and my "I'm an Artist" necklace

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    i think it is hard for individuals to realizes their strengths and weaknesses. therefore i see this as a relevant challenge to shop owners.

  • sarahfburns

    sarahfburns said 8 years ago

    Inspiring and encouraging! Thank you!

  • frenchhenshop

    frenchhenshop said 8 years ago

    I love this article-thanks for the positive shift of perspective!

  • Naturesbeads

    Naturesbeads said 8 years ago

    Wow, Danielle, your articles are always in themselves so inspiring~~ It is usually easier to put oneself down than to bask in the realization that we have all been successful at something some point in our lives and that form of success should be enough to push us forward and not backward. Great idea to stay positive- a timely post! I love the sketches too, they made my day~~ThANK YOU~

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 8 years ago

    Great advice Danielle : ) Very inspiring

  • TheCreativeVineyard

    TheCreativeVineyard said 8 years ago

    Thank you for focusing on the positive.

  • kimslittlemonsters

    kimslittlemonsters said 8 years ago

    great post Danielle! Very helpful, thanks! :)

  • nightowlcraftworks

    nightowlcraftworks said 8 years ago

    aww! smooches! thanks for adding mine. i loved seeing & reading all the creative ideas! i haven't been able to stop thinking about this since the question was brought up. i need to follow through.... and please keep these kinds of posts coming! very inspiring!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    everyday is a new canvas for new ideas, your article is very inspiring and good. :)

  • DayMountainDesigns

    DayMountainDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks! Great idea, especially when you are out of ideas!

  • jcjewelrydesign

    jcjewelrydesign said 8 years ago

    Love this article! Thanks Danielle for posting this~

  • TopThatDesigns

    TopThatDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks inpiring and helpful

  • RosellaResin

    RosellaResin said 8 years ago

    Awesome! This is inspiring! I'll be doing this project myself tonight!

  • Summer2MyWinter

    Summer2MyWinter said 8 years ago

    good article! good ideas! who woulda thunk to focus on our strengths, since it's so easy to focus on our own weaknesses. Thanks! :)

  • Mycutietootie

    Mycutietootie said 8 years ago

    I think some of the most amazing people in the world are the ones who look for the good, positive things happening in our lives! It is so easy to look at all the drama going on but it takes a strong person to step back and say, "Hey guys! We are working hard and doing so much positive in our lives! Lets concentrate on all the GOOD today!" So Thank You Danielle! We all need to stay positive!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    This is a unique way to focus on your work/craft/side-job. :) I love the visuals that go along with it....

  • CloudShop

    CloudShop said 8 years ago

    SO enjoy the fun ideas, interesting suggestions, thoughts, etc., the ETSY community comes up with - AND SHARES! Really inspirational! AND not just for business/commerce, but for everyday life too. THANKS! PS - new to Etsy - not enough time (yet) to spend a lot of time on - but working towards more. Thanks to all who have inspired me through this platform!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 8 years ago

    This is so inspiring!

  • 24hmosaic

    24hmosaic said 8 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy and still feel a little lost with all the information, but right now my priority is to make known to my store, I'm still not an expert in these so I realy loved your post, because it made me realize that my Worries are also the concerns of others. Once again thanks. Cristina

  • SISTERBATIK

    SISTERBATIK said 8 years ago

    Hi I just saw this post, after I had just blogged about "Motivation and that dip on the self-esteem chart". I am really glad that you chose the angle of "what we do well?" As I did something similar, I shared how I enable my self-esteem and "intrinsic motivation". Please take a look if you like: http://sisterbatik.blogspot.com/2011/04/motivation-and-that-dip-on-self-esteem.html Thank you for writing this : )

  • littlefarm

    littlefarm said 8 years ago

    I loved this article it is always easier to see the negative in things rather than the positive; I think it is human nature to be that way. We need to step into THE POSITIVE! By collaborating, journaling, and listing this can bring so many great ideas! Whether you drink wine, coffee or tea have a little party or party by yourself you can let your creative juices flow and grow as an artist/person.

  • EviesToolEmporium

    EviesToolEmporium said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • crochetedbycharlene

    crochetedbycharlene said 8 years ago

    How exciting to read about positive things. Too often we worry about what we're not doing right, and it's great to have to think of what we're doing right. And even better to improve on it! Thanks for the great idea!

  • pamgstudio

    pamgstudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for reminding us to focus on the good that we are accomplishing. It's easy to forget sometimes. Simply inspiring!!

  • AGiftAndACard

    AGiftAndACard said 8 years ago

    WOW! I went in an entirly different direction. Thanks so much for showing me that the how is not as important as the why. Etsy is just stuffed with personal beauty. And aint doing too bad with heart.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 8 years ago

    I wish I was a more of an artist.

  • bibsnbobs

    bibsnbobs said 8 years ago

    What a great idea. I think i'll do this and pin up on a board so i can look at it when I need some inspiration. Thank you.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 8 years ago

    Great! Coincides with th book I'm reading: Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. Focus on the "bright spots" or what's working, and do more of that instead of looking at the negative. Thanks!

  • todarlascloset

    todarlascloset said 8 years ago

    LOVE etsy. Everyone is so nice and helpful. We're all in this together. Selling stuff supports my crafting habit and I'm so self-motivated, it's nice to know there are others out there like me. Helps me keep my sanity. Thank you.

  • dearpumpernickel

    dearpumpernickel said 8 years ago

    This is great motivation and a lovely idea. Thank you Danielle for including my drawing in this!

  • SofibellaDesign

    SofibellaDesign said 8 years ago

    This is just the motivation that a new seller needs! Not only great ideas, but being reassured that IT IS NOT JUST ME WHO ENCOUNTERS THESE DIFFICULTIES! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • loddelina

    loddelina said 8 years ago

    thank you for this inspiring post, I wish you all a creative April!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 8 years ago

    did I need this! Thank you -

  • evabdesigns

    evabdesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you :)))

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the beautiful inspiration and creativity shared =)

  • ArtThatMoves

    ArtThatMoves said 8 years ago

    I love the idea of making illustrated lists. I make lists, but often don't look at them again because they're not engaging. Illustrated lists are much more inspiring! It's what I used to do when I was a kid.

  • DeirdreLeePortraits

    DeirdreLeePortraits said 8 years ago

    Exactly what I needed...thank you!!! :-)

  • BearStitches

    BearStitches said 8 years ago

    Bear Stitches is so excited to be part of this Blog...and to see our Jaguar iPad on the page...Thanks. We had fun doing the HOMEWORK !!!!...

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 8 years ago

    great ideas!

  • BoldBride

    BoldBride said 8 years ago

    That's so good idea! I didn't even realize it is so difficult to think about things I do right because I used to focus on things that have to be improved! thanx !

  • joblake

    joblake said 8 years ago

    Inspirational and helpful goodies here! I'm proud I finally got something listed and can't wait to get to work...

  • joblake

    joblake said 8 years ago

    Inspirational and helpful goodies here! I'm proud I finally got something listed and can't wait to get to work...

  • LorenzoTheCat

    LorenzoTheCat said 8 years ago

    Hooray for acknowledging what's right rather than whining about what's wrong. Bravo!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 8 years ago

    love the mind maps! These really help thanks :D

  • SusanMSpohn

    SusanMSpohn said 8 years ago

    After making maps and lists of everything we are doing right, you feel pretty successful! Of course there are always more things to put on that to-do list. Sometimes making a commitment to do just one new thing everyday can help, even if it is of an agreed upon short duration. I think the best inspiration comes from customers, family and friends who love our art, and make wonderful comments. Perhaps we could all encourage each other by commenting on how much we love/like someones new work they just posted on Etsy!

  • egoranites

    egoranites said 8 years ago

    wow great blog!

  • AllAboutCats

    AllAboutCats said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • tarbeachjewelry

    tarbeachjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiration, Danielle. I have been a member of etsy for several years, and I finally started my own shop this week. I am so discouraged because half of my photographs didn't turn out, and I have a meager 10 items in my store. It feels very hodge-podge. So, if you ever get the time, would be willing to please check out my shop and give me an honest critique? I would warmly appreciate it. Thank you! Best, Marie

  • thebroomshack

    thebroomshack said 8 years ago

    thank you!, I am starting my new shop today and need all the help I can get, WISH me luck- or should I say brake me a leg?! ;) lol!, wiTchever, see u all @ the Broom shack!...

  • Morah

    Morah said 8 years ago

    Very Inspirational! Thank you so much for such a wonderful post! I was having a little trouble keeping my head up...but then I wake up to this! THANK YOU!

  • ChristineKrainock

    ChristineKrainock said 8 years ago

    Thanks, very inspiring! I just started a new shop 3-4 weeks ago and have only had one sale. I was starting to feel very discouraged as I was used to my paintings selling quickly other places. This reminded me to stay positive and focused. Thanks!

  • Vintage201

    Vintage201 said 8 years ago

    It is most important to stay positve about my efforts and what I am doing just feels right. When the negative thoughts come into my head,,,I just throw them away...they don't belong because then I become my worst enemy. If I just believe in myself others will too...Great Article for Inspiration.

  • hydrangeasdecor

    hydrangeasdecor said 8 years ago

    Wow! I'm new here on Etsy and I just love love LOVE all of the great energy here! Whenever I get down......this should be my therapy! I know I have talents but I just have a hard time getting my stuff noticed. I' trying to figure out how to get everything straightened out and organized. I'm inspired And FINALLY with Spring on its way I certainly am going to do a fresh start!! Thanks again

  • hydrangeasdecor

    hydrangeasdecor said 8 years ago

    Oooops. Maybe it will help that I posted twice? LOL.

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the new twist on motivation!

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius said 8 years ago

    really inspired , i like the idea to stay always positive!!!!! thank you for this post!

  • Pearlfriend

    Pearlfriend said 8 years ago

    I will propose the experience with my friends tomorrow night. Thanks

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 8 years ago

    I'm going to bed with my "create" notebook NOW!!! Thanks!!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 8 years ago

    Great advise

  • bigredtomato

    bigredtomato said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great inspiration to stay positive, especially with the slow sales... :-)

  • rahyaeb

    rahyaeb said 8 years ago

    Such a great idea.

  • talktothesun

    talktothesun said 8 years ago

    this article was a reminder! thanks a lot!!!

  • bobbidiboo

    bobbidiboo said 8 years ago

    My most important thing I need to do is produce more! Wake up at 5:15 and work an hour before the kids wake up.

  • paulacelaya

    paulacelaya said 8 years ago

    AMAZING IDEAS! I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHAT IM DOING WRONG, AND NEVER THINK ABOUT WHAT IM GOOD AT! ILL KEEP THIS POST IN MIND!

  • DaffodilCorner

    DaffodilCorner said 8 years ago

    Grea article. What a wonderful idea for gatherings of artists or for a team meeting.

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring article. I love seeing all of your lists. My greatest strength right now is just that I started. I dared to start my shop on Etsy and I actually dared to create some art and try to sell it. I still can't believe it... my negative side is very confused by all this good stuff that art is bringing into my life.

  • StephBAKER

    StephBAKER said 8 years ago

    LOVE! This idea! Especially since it supports the idea of THRIVING as an Artist! I think we overlook our positives and if we focused on them, rather than pushing ourselves through grasping what's wrong or isn't happening, we'd great authentic movement, inspired movement in creating the life we truly desire!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    I love the bunting!

  • godzgirl13

    godzgirl13 said 8 years ago

    I'm so excited to be a part of etsy. Now, I've just got to begin putting myself out there! Yay!

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 8 years ago

    This is great. It showed up at just the perfect time, as I've just opened a 2nd shop & am having ambivilent doubts. It's good to remember what I'm doing right, and that I am making efforts to improve, even when I may not be there yet. (I don't give myself credit enough for trying.) I realized that Thank you cards are a big part of my "doing right". No matter what, each customer gets a hand written thank you w/their purchase. Off to brainstorm more, thank you Danielle! d, xo

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    Well, I love spending money. Sorry, but there it is...So, I have had to turn my weakness into my strength. I deal in vintage, so to get stock, I have to spend money. I have just had to learn to spend wisely ;)

  • skiedesign

    skiedesign said 8 years ago

    Its so great to see how other artists and fellow business owners stay focused. Great ideas.

  • 5chancesstore

    5chancesstore said 8 years ago

    I am and I will STAY FOCUSED and it was great to read that IT IS A MUST in my desire to SUCCEED and I learned something as well. I invision new products all the time and I am always "testing" to get it right. I will continue to test,test, test and I know that it will pay off for me and I will continue to learn and grow and that is detrimental to a business SUCCESS. Thanks for an informative story.

  • XianStitch

    XianStitch said 8 years ago

    That's certainly inspiring. I love the points you made. Those illustrations remind me of those hand-written homework I did years ago as a students. Actually these are the most important homework to do now in life.

  • wallpusher

    wallpusher said 8 years ago

    Super article !! thanks for the insights!!

  • GreenSproutSoap

    GreenSproutSoap said 8 years ago

    Love this! So helpful...

  • JamesSkilesArt

    JamesSkilesArt said 8 years ago

    Great article!!! And thanks for the lift! I'm a little envious that you have Etsy friends that you can bang ideas together with. I'm fairly new here, but am learning how this vast thing works. I am going to stay focused on my positive. Thanks:)

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 8 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

  • CatsWithAnAccent

    CatsWithAnAccent said 8 years ago

    This was posted last century, but I liked reading it. :)

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  • 65judy65

    65judy65 said 8 years ago

    i still need a bill of sale

  • ninaneu1

    Nina Neu from NinaneusArtStudio said 7 years ago

    love this idea. Nina

  • TwoStylishSisters

    Aubrey and Nicole Goulet from TwoStylishSisters said 5 years ago

    we absolutely love this!! it's so easy to focus on what we're NOT good at and get discouraged. since we are a team of two, that means we have twice the amount of strengths we can now draw upon! thank you so much for this encouraging and inspiring article! : ) Aubrey& Nicole

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