If you were not derailed by the holidays, you might have seen last week’s 36 Simple Ways to Find Art Collectors on the Cheap post. In addition to tips on finding collectors, it came with a dare. The dare is to select one thing from the list and turn it into a productive activity. It is boiling 36 items down to one activity. That is how you simplify your way to success.
Throughout a 30-year career, I’ve witnessed success and failure from personal experience to high-flying corporate maneuvers. It’s become evident to me that those who succeed excel at one thing. Now, it’s true; they might be masters of many things. But without question, they didn’t get good at them all at the same time.
That’s because you can’t do it (master multiple tasks simultaneously) if you are an average human. And, being average is pretty good when you consider comedian Steven Wright’s wry observation, “Half the people you know are below average.”
I thought about Wright’s humorous take, and it came to me that the best way to be above average is to do one thing better than most. I’m sure I was influenced in part from reading The One Thing book, which I have blogged about here previously.
My thinking about success, one thing, and simplicity evolved into Barney Davey’s Simple Rules for Success, as you can see in the graphic below.
The formula is simple. Find one new thing and learn to do it. Repeat doing the thing to improve results. Then find, learn, and do another new thing. That’s it. Grow from there.
Simplifying Puts You on the Path to Success… As You Define It!
As you continue to master one new thing with diligence and dedication, certain things happen. The first is, Invariably, your course will correct because that’s how it works. The second is that your path to success becomes evident.
When you start seeing the pattern of what works, and you know why, you can repeat your success more smoothly each time. The more you simplify to focus on just one thing, the less you feel the hamster wheel syndrome. It’s all due to getting important things done fast and well.
Simplify Your Way to Success
I hope you’ll take my dare from last week and begin to focus on mastering one thing. Simplify your way to success. That’s the best way to enjoy your life and your art career. You don’t need New Years to make this a resolution. Just do it. 🙂