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  • Art As Business, And Vice Versa

    Isn’t it everyone’s dream to be able to make a good living working on things that you would still do even if no one paid you? A large percentage of people earn their livelihoods doing work that they don’t like very much. Most people grow up thinking that’s the way it has to be.

    Malcolm Forbes once said this:

    Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful… When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness…The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.”

    Jane Pollack is a great example of someone who found great success by pursuing her passion. She is an artist who has been practicing her craft for over three decades and a certified professional coach who helps others make careers and businesses out of the things they love doing.

    So she’s built two businesses from activities she enjoys doing.

    Isn’t it everyone’s dream to be able to make a good living working on things that you would still do even if no one paid you? That is the heart of entrepreneurship.

    Quite a few of us get stuck at the point where our preferred pastimes are nothing more than hobbies.

    Before writing  a recent article, Patrick Kiger spent some time with Pollack to find out her ability to transform her personal passions into real, profitable businesses.

    Key Factors

    A large percentage of people earn their livelihoods doing work that they don’t like very much. Some even hate their jobs. But that’s the only way they seem to be able to find to keep food on the table. In my experience, most people grow up thinking that’s the way it has to be.

    It takes guts to imagine that you can make real money doing something fun.

    Pollack says that humility is another important trait that has empowered her to accomplish her goals. She knows that if she wants people to pay her for her “work,” she has to put in the hard work to develop her skills to a high degree.

    Sounds like she would agree with Jeffrey Fox. In his book “How to Make Big Money in Your Small Business, ” Fox advises entrepreneurs that “To make money, you must work extremely hard at what comes easy to you.”

    Creative thinking and problem-solving skills round out Pollack’s secret sauce for success.

    “Anything you do that you feel passionate about, you can turn into a business,” she says. If you’d like to learn more about how you can do just that, read the article mentioned above, or you can visit Jane Pollack’s blog.

    Enjoy!

    http://www.secondact.com/2011/07/ukrainian-egg-maker-finds-that-her-true-artistic-calling-is-teaching-entrepreneurship/

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    About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.

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