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My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Words To Live By

Wouldn't it be nice if everything was always wonderful? If my career just followed one success after another, moving in a steady line upwards. Always upwards. Yes,that would be nice.

At the moment things are a bit mixed career wise. Some areas are going so well and some are not going so well. It is a bit extreme really, but all is basically O.K so I won't complain too much. I guess the truth is that things are never perfect and particularly in this tricky business of self-employment and creativity you can't expect not to hit a few bumps along the way.

So now as always I'll remind myself of my mottos.

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. If I waited until I thought I knew enough I'd still be waiting to start.

CONFIDENCE IS KEY. If you are confident enough you'll believe that you can do it and others will too. This of course can be faking until naturally confident.

FAIL MY WAY TO SUCCESS. I once watched this program on the difference between US and Australian business and something that struck a cord with me was the difference in attitude to failure. I think it is true that Australians don't like to fail (O.K who does?) and there is a real stigma attached. In America it seems that failure is viewed as a part of business and even seen as an important element in the road to success.


Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

a wordy post liana!
you only learn new things by gettin stuff wrong - when you fail. i agree, if everything is easy and successful all the time you become too blase about it all and never really understand how and why it works. and some people get selfish and arrogant if they don't get their share of failure!! but you forgot one thing- and that is HAVE FUN and laugh about it all with ya mates! Man, we're makin jewellery, not trying to save the planet!

Liana said...

Yer it is fun! What was I thinking getting all serious? I guess underneath or in between all the pretty colours and lollypop jewellery there is something else at play...a thoughtful serious side perhaps. We may not be trying to save the planet, just ourselves sometimes.

Florence said...

well said girls. and add me in to that too ;)