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Personal development

How to fear less by practicing poverty

I have been reading stoic philosophy recently after listening to various Tim Ferriss podcasts. One of the things, among many, that I have learnt, is that Stoics used to practice poverty, even when they had plenty of money. There were several reasons for this, but the ones that resonated with me were first; to remove…

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Winning new business

Four things you must do to communicate value to your clients

One of the questions that I get asked on a continual basis by creative freelancers and small business owners is; “How do I communicate the value of what I do to my clients?” Being able to communicate your value is such an important part of running a business, and ultimately determines how much you get…

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Personal development

How to fear less by practicing poverty

I have been reading stoic philosophy recently after listening to various Tim Ferriss podcasts. One of the things, among many, that I have learnt, is that Stoics used to practice poverty, even when they had plenty of money. There were several reasons for this, but the ones that resonated with me were first; to remove…

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Digital Marketing

Artists, stop trading your time for money!

Most artists I meet earn their living by trading time for money. Even if you put a high price tag on your time, it is problematic for several reasons: Firstly, if you stop working, your revenue stream stops and secondly because it limits your creative freedom. When we put pressure on our work to pay…

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Personal development

Five ways you can travel more and nurture your creativity

As I write this, I am on a train travelling through New Zealand. I am here for just over three weeks, mainly visiting family. I have always loved travelling and I am lucky enough to have been to most of the continents on the planet, before the age of thirty. I now find myself getting…

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Personal development, Productivity

Three creative ways to beat negativity and keep your focus

In any industry, creative or otherwise, negativity can become a barrier to success. Whether it’s a harsh inner critic, a loss of direction, or unwanted pessimistic opinions from those around you, negativity all too easily creeps in unnoticed, and puts a drag on your creative output. While some types of negative emotions, such as sadness,…