What?… success requires more than just talent?

Guest blog post from Lisa Walsh- The Market Mill

I held a workshop a few weekends ago with the basic premise that having a great idea or discovering a talent that people (other than eager family members) are willing to pay for is not all creative merriment and self-indulgent fun!  It is hard work, often, long hours, routine procedures and more paperwork than frolicking.

Back tracking, and I apologise to those who attended – I forgot to mention the most crucial skill of all for anyone going it alone and yearning for a triumphant success.

“The sheer will and determination to keep getting up day after day and believing in yourself.  Trusting that what you are doing will make it big time.”


It is an aptitude that many of us overlook until we find ourselves deep in the despair of the umpteenth rejection and wonder why we put ourselves through it.  Especially when we know our skills would be highly paid and well sort after in the “real world” of working for someone else.


I think the quote

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” William Feather

sums it up pretty well.


To have a successful business you need to do your homework, love what you do, methodically keep on top of the basic business fundamentals and well….. keep getting up when you fall down.  The inability to do the last one means that no matter how talented you are and how meticulous you run your business no amount of either of these can make up for the guts it needs to KEEP ON GOING.  Easy to say in theory but we all know those knocks can flatten us, some days easier than others.


Here are 5 Things I find helpful when the fog descends and the self-doubt starts to creep in:


1.       Confiding in someone – A true friend, one that believes absolutely in your dreams and your abilities, sometimes even more than you, and would gladly give their first born (okay maybe dog….alright guinea pig) to see your dreams realised.  Often a chat with this someone special can dispel your doubts and have you on the way to creating again in a heartbeat.

2.      Exercise- I put this as number 2 as I really do believe exercise is often the answer.  For that moment in time you forget your worries, discover answers for your problems and feel exuberant all at the same time.  And it is hard to ignore the experts whose studies reveal the hormones released during exercise suppress anxiety and negative thoughts and release feel good endorphins.  Not to mention a boost in energy that has you rocketing through the day.

3.      Podcasts- I quite often link this with tip number 2 and the thought of exercising and listening to some great conversations I wouldn’t normally get to do in a busy day, is such a bonus.  There is a plethora of great podcasts out there that include everything from marketing and branding to how best to get the most out of every day, motivation, habit forming and eating well to keep you fit and healthy.

4.      Meditation – finding 20 quiet minutes a day to reflect on all the things we are grateful for in this world is something we often don’t think we have time for.  Somehow our problems don’t seem so large when we are thankful for what we have.

5.      Continuing to learn – sometimes the lesson we are yet to learn from the harshness of reality – is perhaps we are just not ready for that step.  A rejection may not mean a definite no – it may simply be telling us that we are not quite ready for that!  The perfect solution is to learn what is required to BE ready.

In working in a business alone, trying to do everything to the best of our ability can be tiring to say the least.  The important thing is to believe in yourself, ask for help when you need it and continue getting up when you fall down – because chances are it won’t be the last time.


Guest Blog by Lisa Walsh from The Market Mill

Lisa Walsh, business style consultant and author of the blogs The Market Mill and Cream Butter & Sugar, offers tips, advice & words of encouragement to help like-minded people market their creativity.

With 15 years experience as an international department store buyer specializing in branded concepts, a marketing graduate and owner of small business, Lisa shares her experience, knowledge and frustrations in building a business into a recognizable brand.