Success in business is defined in many ways. We want all motivated, driven, and ambitious individuals to be successful in everything they do. We want you to really think through what success means and looks like to you – but most importantly, how you plan on achieving it.
Regardless of the type of entrepreneur or “wantrepreneur” you are, it’s important to narrow down what success means to you prior to launching an idea, product, or company.
Here’s how to do so:
Write down exactly what you envision to happen professionally
Describe specific achievements you hope to accomplish
Imagine, in the near and far future, how your accomplishments will be met
Identify deal-breakers in the way you operate life so that your accomplishments can be met
Envision an “end” goal and create a mental map to reach that goal
Having a personal and business vision plan will help you center and focus your creative and professional energy so that the decisions you make, the opportunities you accept, and the work that you perform are all targeted towards your success.
There are 5 key ways to help you come up with a long-term vision for your success:
Identify the purpose of your business and your target audience
Identify the goals, vision, and values for your business
Create short and long term strategic steps to achieve each goal
Measure, periodically, specific metrics to confirm progress of each goal
Compare your strengths and weaknesses and work to improve your strengths while fixing your weaknesses
As you work towards your success, remember to celebrate every milestone and accomplishment you meet. Build momentum around the positive energy you infuse from your accomplishments.
There isn’t a single designer in the WORLD
who thinks they can’t improve.
Designing is an ongoing, unfinished, evolving
Being a good designer means that you will devote days, months, and years of your life on a constant pursuit of knowledge and skills. As a designer, you find importance in developing your creativity, creating in a fun and vibrant way, and engaging others through your designs. Yet no matter how good you currently are, there are always ways to become even better.
We have some suggestions on how you can do that, and we’re calling it:
The Tchuento Guide
To Thinking Beyond The Norm
As An Evolving Designer
BE UNIQUE IN YOUR DESIGNS!
You’re probably wondering why we’ve marked this at the top of the list. Too often, after another designer’s success, most designers tend to either copy or emulate that designer’s designs. Inspiration is good, but individuality is even better.
DON’T ALWAYS DO THE SAME THING
Just because a design of yours is getting a lot of praise, doesn’t mean you should only ever follow that style or format in everything you create. Experiment with other methods and you just might be surprised.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
This one is self-explanatory. If you’ve been designing for years and you haven’t acquired any new set of skills, whether it’s learning a new software or adding more color palettes in your creations, than you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Being bold is NOT trying something new once and putting it aside. As a designer, constantly be daring, unique, confident in your creations. Everything you create should be so unapologetically you that even if no one else enjoys it, you’ll always fall asleep insanely proud of what you’ve accomplished.
STEP OUTSIDE OF THE STATUS QUO
We know. It’s much easier to do, act, and create as everyone has previously done and is currently doing than it is to be THAT individual who just refuses to conform. Designing means you understand and you’ve embraced what it means to be open to different interpretations. Just because something hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean it should stay that way.
The truth is, most people want to be creative but are not sure how to be if they’re not naturally creative. Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here. Not only will we tell you how to improve your creativity, but we’ll also give you some advice on how to get better at marketing.
If you’re not a naturally creative person, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re less than, it just means that you’ll have to practice a little harder to exercise your creative juices. You’ll have to try a little harder to even come up with unique and interesting ideas. We’ll help you get started with these 4 efficient ways to build your creativity.
5 Methods to Work on Your Creativity When You’re Not Naturally Creative
√What you don’t know, learn
We know that the best way to learn something you know nothing about is by reading books written by experts in that topic. It’s important to educate yourself on various creative ideologies and familiarize yourself with such ideologies. You’re probably wondering where to start, which books to select. Well just look below, because we’ve named a few for you.
These selected books are just a start. We trust that you’ll continue to check out more and keep on learning.
√√Surround yourself with creative people
It’s true what they say. You are as smart and as capable as those you surround yourself with. When you surround yourself with people you admire, you start to learn and develop different set of skills you may not have developed prior to meeting and hanging out with your new peers.
√√√Periodically jot down interesting or unique ideas you think of
There are no bad ideas, only bad execution. Make a habit to write down any silly, goofy, amazing, or even basic idea you have. Throughout the day, jot down ideas you think of that you find interesting, unique, exciting. At the end of the day, review those thoughts and ideas and think about why you were drawn to them. Analyze them and figure out if those ideas are worth pursuing. Compare the ideas, the skills and tools required to execute them to the skills and knowledge you currently have. Evaluate the skills you’re currently lacking and come up with a strategic plan to learn them.
√√√√Step outside of your comfort zone
Stepping outside of your comfort zone, in a safe and conscious way, not only opens you to different opportunities, but teaches you valuable lessons about your capabilities and endurance. When you do something that you normally wouldn’t do, it allows you to expand your comfortability and adapt to new environments. Creativity exposes itself best when an individual is willing to accept experiences with pure uninterrupted imagination.
√√√√√Engage in stimulating activities
One way to get your creative juices flowing is by engaging in activities or classes that are different than what you’re used to. Trying out a new sport, taking up a different dance studio, joining a comedy improv group are all methods that will help you stimulate different brain functions.
Yeah, But How Can I Be Good at Marketing If I’m Not Even Creative?
THE TRUTH IS – YOU CAN BE GOOD AT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.
No, but seriously. It’s true that individuals or businesses with the best profitable marketing initiatives are those that have strong creativity or innovative talent. But just like everything else in life, one must learn and adapt to be better. There are numerous tools, softwares, companies that spend a lot of money to generate marketing analytics in order to educate their staff. Our point is, good marketing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice, hard work, committed learning, and mistakes. Just because you aren’t as creative as you would like to be today, doesn’t mean that a year from now (with a strategic plan for learning) you won’t be where you want to be.
Creativity is subjective. Your version of a creative mindset or an innovative idea is most likely different from others. The beauty about our world is that each one of us has a set of unique viewpoints, personality traits, and methods of expression. Find your best ability to express how you feel or what you think in an elaborate and confident way.
And just because we know you REALLY want suggestions on how to specifically be good at marketing, look below because we’ve added a few for you.
We are asked this all the time, “how can I increase my online social engagement if I have no idea where to start?”
Here are 5 tips for your business to increase its social media engagement
Social media followers choose to follow your business account(s). The easiest way to show them that you actually care about their follow is to update them with new posts; periodically enough that they don’t wonder if you’ve fallen off the face of the earth but not too frequently that they wonder if you’ve been hacked.
Suggestions on what to post about:
Discuss your branding, what it stands for
Highlight specific customers (ex: customers with strong brand loyalty)
Discuss upcoming events
Share promotional materials or access codes
Highlight current staff (ex: employees with strong work ethics or achievements)
Does your business have any success stories to share?
Has your business recently gone through a happy, unexpected moment?
Frequency of post:
Post at least once a day in all of your social media accounts
A post doesn’t have to be original content It can be a re-share of another relevant post It can be from another similar company Should be relevant to your business
Visual posts with good written content are far more appealing
♦♦Engage With Similar Businesses
Competition is a good thing, but too much competition isn’t. One of the most meaningful ways to improve your online presence is by engaging with businesses similar to yours. Partnering or working with similar businesses will give your business an opportunity to see how your competition operates, analyze their customer base, and develop stronger community ties.
Suggestions on how to engage with similar businesses:
Collaborate with similar businesses to host or sponsor a community event
Help share and advertise a similar business’ upcoming charity or community event Event should not directly compete with an event you will have in the near future Event should not be held at the same time as an event you plan to have
Participate in challenges Set up friendly competitions to see which business will raise the most money for a given cause Host a sports or health tournament with local businesses
♦♦♦Appreciate Your Customers
Your customers or clients are one of the reasons your business can sustain itself. Don’t take them for granted. Often times, businesses don’t pay enough attention to their customers’ demands and wants. Not every demand or want should be met, but they should at least be heard. Take the time to survey your customers and to receive constructive feedback on products, services, and features on your website or social media accounts that your customers think should be improved.
Spend time greeting, celebrating, and highlighting your customers. Do you track your customers’ birthdays and send them a greeting at the time of month? Do you wish happy holidays to your subscription list in December or January? Do you offer discount codes or referral codes to repeat customers? Those are simple, inexpensive, methods in which you can really make an impact.
♦♦♦♦Update Your Content
Any well updated account is an account that posts frequently enough and shares accurate information. Posting every day to your accounts isn’t enough. You also have to make sure that the content posted is not only relevant to your current status as a business, but also relevant to your customers’ interests.
For example, if you’re planning to host a marathon to raise funds for a charity in December, you most likely don’t only want to speak about the marathon in the coming months. You want to update your followers with marathon information as well as upcoming holidays, projects, and/or events your business will partake in. The key is to focus on the present while advertising for the future. You want your followers to stay interested in what you’re presently working on, but also engaged for what’s to come with your business.
♦♦♦♦♦Keep Up With The Times
We understand that businesses can sometimes be fearful of quick change. We understand that we live in an instantaneous society where the world around us is rapidly evolving. We understand that it can be hard to keep up when you’re just trying to survive. But we also understand that the businesses that sustain themselves long-term are those who constantly innovate with the times.
Keeping up with society as it expands is extremely crucial for your business to grow. Think of your customers, your employees, your founders as individuals of a population that is growing wiser, learning new tools and technologies as the years pass. Now think of your business as the entity that houses all those individuals to provide a product or service to a target population. It’s important to understand that as society advances, so should your business.
Methods to keep up with the times:
Stay updated on current online trends via social media or networking platforms
Update technology equipment in your offices
Update online profiles so that each page is fresh, modernized, and relevant
Follow and stay informed with news that pertains to your business operations
Re-brand or re-launch a product, idea, or service to better fit your long-term vision