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5 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Artists and Entrepreneurs

Consistency Over Heroic Efforts

Though inspiration can suddenly strike, turning it into a tangible finished product is a matter of sustained effort. It’s getting up every day and doing the work.

The best people in their field are the best not because of a few massive efforts, but because of consistency over a long duration.

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Seek Mentorship

We all need to grow, learn, and take risks. Having a mentor or coach makes this massively easier.

Additionally, a good mentor helps you avoid making the same mistakes they have

Sleep

Sleep is not just about rest. It’s the period where the mind is shut off and reset. 

When we sacrifice sleep, we also sacrifice creativity, self-control, and attention span. When sleep is lacking, so is self-control.

Put Yourself in Good Company

Seek out people who know things you don’t and try to learn from them.

Surround yourself with positive, honest, smart, and diverse people who bring new perspectives and are not afraid to challenge you. 

Focus on What You Can Control

Worrying about the result is a distraction from what you really should be thinking about: how you can respond, and what happens next.

Your work leaves your hands at some point and what happens next is almost always out of your control. People either like your work of art or they don’t. 

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Beat resistance
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Stories create “sticky” memories

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Start with a message
First, settle on your ultimate message; then you can figure out the best way to illustrate it.

Every storytelling exercise should begin by asking: Who is my audience and what is the message I want to share with them? 

Each decision about your story should flow from those questions. 

Use personal experiences
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