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I’ve written another guest post over at 101 Fundraising. And it’s all about making flakes like me feel better! Have a quick read here.

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A few days ago, I read something remarkable. It was a blog post entitled How to Steal Like an Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) by Austin Kleon (the newspaper blackout artist). I encourage you all to read it here.

The life advice contained  therein is rich and insightful. As someone on the verge of some big life changes, I felt an incredibly personal connection to his words.

One point Kleon brings up that really resonated with me was the concept of Imposter Syndrome.

There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called imposter syndrome. The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.

Guess what?

None of us do. Ask any real artist, and they’ll tell you the truth: they don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up to do their thing. Every day.”

Did anyone else just breathe a huge sigh of relief? I know I did. I think the biggest fear of any grad student is that we’re going to graduate, step into the real world, and not be able to apply anything. Yes we work with real clients and produce real work now, but our hands are being held. We work in teams, we’re united together. In a few short months, it will all be on us. I do feel like a phony sometimes, but I’m not even sure what I’m faking. Maybe it’s a fear that I’ll never be great at anything. Or that the things I’m great at, aren’t the things that actually matter in the work place.

When everyone we know, everyone we look up to and respect, is telling us everything is going to be alright, why do we still question whether it will? Self doubt is a silly thing.

Here are some important things I’ve been learning lately, from Kleon and from the incredible people I surround myself with:

1. Being creative doesn’t mean you have to invent something no one has ever thought of before. (phew)

2. You are your influences. Surround yourself with inspiration and you will be inspirational.

3. If you see, read or hear something you like, write it down. Save it somewhere. Don’t let it pass you by.

4. Start creating now. By doing so, you’ll learn more about yourself than you ever could while waiting to find out.

5. If you act like the person you want to be, pretty soon you’ll be the person you want to be.

6. Art doesn’t feel like work. It feels like play. If it feels like work, you’re probably not making art.

7. People are busy. They can’t all pay attention to you.

8. Give your secrets away. Tell everyone. The more you share, the more people assume you have.

9. The more nice you put out, the more nice you get back.

10. Creativity is subtraction. Edit, edit, edit.

Do you have other bits of wisdom to share? Please do, we can’t ever have enough.

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