Apr 152015
 

I feel like being followed. By marketing gurus, pozitive energizers, co-founders and co-authors, work life balance specialists, thought leaders, consultants and leadership coaches, menthors, creators of possibilities, personal trainers, content creators, business advisors, warriors for the human spirit, ambassadors for…

As far as I know this is not the people who actually done something for real. Not ones I follow after reading or listening about them. Which makes me think that for every one person trying to do something creative there is an army of self proclaimed “helpers” hoping to earn their living of somebody’s else plate, swarming around like flies, waiting for their moment.

Look, I don’t have any money. Even if I had, I doubt I needed you. All this just makes me dislike the very idea of business, enterprise and the whole monetary economy…

I know there are good people helping others through teaching and advice. But I doubt their profiles would sound as ridiculous. And there is an unmistakable feeling of generosity about them. Not “I am here to get your money! ”

I tried to be a bit like that, hopelessly treating my life as an enterprise. But it is actually something much better. It is a Quest…

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Apr 152015
 

I feel like being followed. By marketing gurus, pozitive energizers, co-founders and co-authors, work life balance specialists, thought leaders, consultants and leadership coaches, menthors, creators of possibilities, personal trainers, content creators, business advisors, warriors for the human spirit, ambassadors for…

As far as I know this is not the people who actually done something for real. Not ones I follow after reading or listening about them. Which makes me think that for every one person trying to do something creative there is an army of self proclaimed “helpers” hoping to earn their living of somebody’s else plate, swarming around like flies, waiting for their moment.

Look, I don’t have any money. Even if I had, I doubt I needed you. All this just makes me dislike the very idea of business, enterprise and the whole monetary economy…

I know there are good people helping others through teaching and advice. But I doubt their profiles would sound as ridiculous. And there is an unmistakable feeling of generosity about them. Not “I am here to get your money! ”

I tried to be a bit like that, hopelessly treating my life as an enterprise. But it is actually something much better. It is a Quest…

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Mar 082015
 

It has been a year since I’ ve moved into my little studio shop. I desperately needed a room of my own and I wanted to earn my own money (last time this was happening it was in 1999). The first objective was fulfilled. I greatly enjoyed decorating my shop. In fact it was second place in the world (after my market unit) I could decorate and maintain in the manner I liked. People were complimenting how the shop looked which was very sweet. I also enjoyed many visits from good interesting people. I am glad the place was never too busy otherwise I would feel overhelmed.

I didn’t earned any money, I’ve lost what I didn’t had (thanks Lloyds bank for offering me a credit card despite me saying that I didn’t had any permanent income!) All I earned contributed a little bit to my rent, credit card bills, supplies and electricity costs.It was naive of me to wish to get money just for selling arts and crafts. Buying additional pretty jewellery and stationery from suppliers didn’t help either. Newtown is a small place. Twenty or so of wonderful people who really like most of things I create already have at least 2 of my pictures. Wall space is limited. I’ve outgrown my limit.

I can just stop here and say “Thank you, but I have to close. Will carry on online & exhibiting where I can”. There are few other points I can’t ignore.

I would hesitate to close if the Ladywell Shopping Centre where I am based didn’t become a smokers hotspot despite all the “No smoking” signs. Local inhabitants, passer by’s and people working in the whole area were contributers. I can see that this is an activity they enjoy. I am not a person who likes to deprive other people of their highlights of the day although, honestly, if you joy consists in emitting substances disgusting and harmful to fellow humans I think you need to reevaluate your priorities. This also will put off most of non smoking customers from entering the smoky shopping centre. I have to keep my door shut most of the time which is ok in winter when the heating is on but in summer it would cost me I reckon about 80 % of potential customers as people don’t like closed doors.

Another point has to do with the way I feel and the way I think the world is going. I don’t feel good promoting myself. I like working for a common good cause. Even belonging to a group of people each screaming “buy from me, look, we are local, cheap, hard working, independent, etc” doesn’t feel right.

As the only money I could have were savings from buying food, I’ve been fighting for reduced food at supermarkets. I would rather buy good quality produce and cook it at home for my family. I know that there are so many people so much worse off than us and it’s partly my fault for feeling poor. Yet being surrounded by folk with “pocket money”, cars, some kind of income or savings I find it hard to practice content. I also couldn’t sustain my house in the order I would like to. All this was making me feel very guilty.

It was nice to have a studio and an “office” in town but the only shop I can afford is too small for what I would like it to be: a place where people could sit down and relax, where workshops, demonstrations and clubs could be held.

I have been reading about marketing and enterprise for quite a while, found some great bloggers and podcasters, for example Jonathan Fields & Seth Godin. They are mostly talking about discovering your true self, your calling, serving others, being creative, growing personally, finding your flow state. They sometimes talk about earning money but, sorry guys and girls, this sounds really apologetic. It is an embarrassing part of the message. It shouldn’t even be here. That’s my feeling anyway.

I think this is because the old world is going. Graves enterprising “fives” are being replaced by “green” “sixes” (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_W._Graves), money or “capitalist” economy is ending itself by reducing costs to almost zero (see “The zero marginal cost society” by Jeremy Rifkin, 2014). We are hopefully entering a new post industrial stage of development although we don’t quite know what to do now. And it’s scary. People still need money but it is getting more and more difficult to earn.

Artists can’t sell because first, everyone can buy from any other artist on the planet with whole range of prices and styles, second, because you can see, copy and save any art on you device, third almost everyone feels like an artist oneself. Well, that’s in the developed world, here in Newtown first, people don’t have money for non – essential stuff and second, the majority of them are not interested in having something unique and hand made… We are here because we can’t afford to live anywhere else and so are many of them too. Could this be changed? Even if Newtownians suddenly become art – aware and better off, there still is this art-saturated developed world scenario.

The only way forward I see at the moment for myself is to work for generally not for profit cause but hopefully earn some money alongside (I really need that. I wish I didn’t). I can’t see myself wasting my life on working just for money. I probably go completely mad if I can’t be creative and use my skills and many interests.
I am thinking about my options. Be a part of a social enterprise? Maybe but this should be a real good cause one, no pretence, whitewash or tax avoidance.

If I don’t love it I’wont be able to do it.

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Mar 082015
 

It has been a year since I’ ve moved into my little studio shop. I desperately needed a room of my own and I wanted to earn my own money (last time this was happening it was in 1999). The first objective was fulfilled. I greatly enjoyed decorating my shop. In fact it was second place in the world (after my market unit) I could decorate and maintain in the manner I liked. People were complimenting how the shop looked which was very sweet. I also enjoyed many visits from good interesting people. I am glad the place was never too busy otherwise I would feel overhelmed.

I didn’t earned any money, I’ve lost what I didn’t had (thanks Lloyds bank for offering me a credit card despite me saying that I didn’t had any permanent income!) All I earned contributed a little bit to my rent, credit card bills, supplies and electricity costs.It was naive of me to wish to get money just for selling arts and crafts. Buying additional pretty jewellery and stationery from suppliers didn’t help either. Newtown is a small place. Twenty or so of wonderful people who really like most of things I create already have at least 2 of my pictures. Wall space is limited. I’ve outgrown my limit.

I can just stop here and say “Thank you, but I have to close. Will carry on online & exhibiting where I can”. There are few other points I can’t ignore.

I would hesitate to close if the Ladywell Shopping Centre where I am based didn’t become a smokers hotspot despite all the “No smoking” signs. Local inhabitants, passer by’s and people working in the whole area were contributers. I can see that this is an activity they enjoy. I am not a person who likes to deprive other people of their highlights of the day although, honestly, if you joy consists in emitting substances disgusting and harmful to fellow humans I think you need to reevaluate your priorities. This also will put off most of non smoking customers from entering the smoky shopping centre. I have to keep my door shut most of the time which is ok in winter when the heating is on but in summer it would cost me I reckon about 80 % of potential customers as people don’t like closed doors.

Another point has to do with the way I feel and the way I think the world is going. I don’t feel good promoting myself. I like working for a common good cause. Even belonging to a group of people each screaming “buy from me, look, we are local, cheap, hard working, independent, etc” doesn’t feel right.

As the only money I could have were savings from buying food, I’ve been fighting for reduced food at supermarkets. I would rather buy good quality produce and cook it at home for my family. I know that there are so many people so much worse off than us and it’s partly my fault for feeling poor. Yet being surrounded by folk with “pocket money”, cars, some kind of income or savings I find it hard to practice content. I also couldn’t sustain my house in the order I would like to. All this was making me feel very guilty.

It was nice to have a studio and an “office” in town but the only shop I can afford is too small for what I would like it to be: a place where people could sit down and relax, where workshops, demonstrations and clubs could be held.

I have been reading about marketing and enterprise for quite a while, found some great bloggers and podcasters, for example Jonathan Fields & Seth Godin. They are mostly talking about discovering your true self, your calling, serving others, being creative, growing personally, finding your flow state. They sometimes talk about earning money but, sorry guys and girls, this sounds really apologetic. It is an embarrassing part of the message. It shouldn’t even be here. That’s my feeling anyway.

I think this is because the old world is going. Graves enterprising “fives” are being replaced by “green” “sixes” (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_W._Graves), money or “capitalist” economy is ending itself by reducing costs to almost zero (see “The zero marginal cost society” by Jeremy Rifkin, 2014). We are hopefully entering a new post industrial stage of development although we don’t quite know what to do now. And it’s scary. People still need money but it is getting more and more difficult to earn.

Artists can’t sell because first, everyone can buy from any other artist on the planet with whole range of prices and styles, second, because you can see, copy and save any art on you device, third almost everyone feels like an artist oneself. Well, that’s in the developed world, here in Newtown first, people don’t have money for non – essential stuff and second, the majority of them are not interested in having something unique and hand made… We are here because we can’t afford to live anywhere else and so are many of them too. Could this be changed? Even if Newtownians suddenly become art – aware and better off, there still is this art-saturated developed world scenario.

The only way forward I see at the moment for myself is to work for generally not for profit cause but hopefully earn some money alongside (I really need that. I wish I didn’t). I can’t see myself wasting my life on working just for money. I probably go completely mad if I can’t be creative and use my skills and many interests.
I am thinking about my options. Be a part of a social enterprise? Maybe but this should be a real good cause one, no pretence, whitewash or tax avoidance.

If I don’t love it I’wont be able to do it.

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Feb 182015
 

happens when somebody follows you on Twitter, you decide to follow back and then they send you a promotional direct message. So you feel like all that following business was just to throw their ad at you. Generally, marketing stinks…

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Feb 182015
 

happens when somebody follows you on Twitter, you decide to follow back and then they send you a promotional direct message. So you feel like all that following business was just to throw their ad at you. Generally, marketing stinks…

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Feb 092015
 

I don’t think I could wholeheartedly support a “help small/local business” cause. Not everybody have or need to have their own business. Who whould help the rest? Successful local business doesn’t nessesary mean better quality of life for the local people. It might, ideally, but that’s just an ideal.

I feel a bit repelled to join bunches of enterprising individuals all shouting “Buy from me!” or to be a lone one screaming or begging just like that. That’s not a right purpose of life.

People can still sell stuff and earn money along the way but the core message should be REALLY HONESTLY WHOLEHEARTEDLY people’s benefit. This cause I could join.

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Feb 092015
 

I don’t think I could wholeheartedly support a “help small/local business” cause. Not everybody have or need to have their own business. Who whould help the rest? Successful local business doesn’t nessesary mean better quality of life for the local people. It might, ideally, but that’s just an ideal.

I feel a bit repelled to join bunches of enterprising individuals all shouting “Buy from me!” or to be a lone one screaming or begging just like that. That’s not a right purpose of life.

People can still sell stuff and earn money along the way but the core message should be REALLY HONESTLY WHOLEHEARTEDLY people’s benefit. This cause I could join.

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Feb 042015
 

After reading and listening a lot about making profit I am starting to feel repelled of the idea.

I can see how good people advocating for doing good and making money in the process are somehow embarrassed by the second part.

I can see that potentially beneficial enterprises which, once they start aiming for profit and growth, leave behind the very people they could help and turn to cold bureaucratic jargon and whitewash. ..

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Feb 042015
 

After reading and listening a lot about making profit I am starting to feel repelled of the idea.

I can see how good people advocating for doing good and making money in the process are somehow embarrassed by the second part.

I can see that potentially beneficial enterprises which, once they start aiming for profit and growth, leave behind the very people they could help and turn to cold bureaucratic jargon and whitewash. ..

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Dec 192014
 

says with a bright neon sign: “Take away”. Come closer and there is a big board adwertising their burgers. So I come to the lady and ask for a burger.

“It will take 15 minutes.”

“Oh”

“We are not McDonalds here, you know”

It turned out that she had quick sausages after all.

She seemed to be upset that people want they food fast. But it was a tiny train station! Unless you are stuck, you won’t spend here 15 minutes…

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Dec 192014
 

says with a bright neon sign: “Take away”. Come closer and there is a big board adwertising their burgers. So I come to the lady and ask for a burger.

“It will take 15 minutes.”

“Oh”

“We are not McDonalds here, you know”

It turned out that she had quick sausages after all.

She seemed to be upset that people want they food fast. But it was a tiny train station! Unless you are stuck, you won’t spend here 15 minutes…

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 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 07:02 Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »