Copyright may seem annoying at times, but it’s here to protect you and people like you—aka creatives.
Think about the last time you worked long hours, trying over and over again to generate something new, something memorable. If you make something, you want to share it, but not at the cost of losing it.
To understand copyright is to be a better creative.
When you have the understanding of something, you can reach new heights in your own work. But you don’t need to go to school and earn a degree to brush up on the meaning of fair use and work for hire.
keep saying yes without overwhelming your to-do list.
Creative people love to say, “Yes.” Saying “yes”
can lead to unexpected opportunities and amazing collaborations. Saying “yes”
can open doors to new connections and projects.
Working from a place of “yes” means we are
inspired by the work, and that enthusiasm empowers us to pursue ideas and
implement innovative solutions. When we keep ourselves open, we gain
experiences and potentially discover talents and passions we didn’t know we
However, the more there is to do, the easier it
can be to feel overwhelmed. If you find yourself wanting to agree to an
opportunity, but know you may not have the bandwidth, it’s okay to ask for
help. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
Be open about workload and expectations
“Only do what only you can do. I encourage leaders to make this their personal mantra,” leadership consultant and author, Erika Andersen, shares in Forbes.
It can be exciting to take on a task, or perhaps
an old habit, but that doesn’t make it an efficient use of your time. Don’t let
the workload suffer by blindly saying, “Yes.” Think about what you can and
Do you want to meet on Wednesday, but it would
be easier to meet on Friday? Are you able to take on the additional project,
but aren’t sure if it should be prioritized above your existing work? Speak up.
Become stronger through partnership
Writing in the Ask Entrepreneur column, serial entrepreneur, Jen Groover, recommends categorizing and prioritizing tasks, both small and big ones, to figure out the best way to tackle your to-do list.
Once organized, take a step back and think about
your natural strengths. When we partner with others, we become stronger
together and can work smarter.
“Sharing responsibility and handing over certain tasks can be a scary thing,” Groover writes. “But keep in mind how much farther you’ll be able to grow. I always tell entrepreneurs, 100 percent of $100 is still only $100. But 20 percent of $100,000 is a heck of a lot more. So if you can find someone who has the strengths to your weaknesses and vice versa, you’re going to have more to share.”
Also, remember that so many of us are surrounded
by talent. Perhaps you’re intrigued by the project but know of a team member
who would be a great fit to lead the effort. Make the connection. Taking a step
back so someone else can take a step forward is its own reward.
Help yourself and offer to help otherscome stronger through partnership
“People are more inclined to want to help those
who’ve attempted to help themselves first,” writes Alice Boyes, author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit and The Anxiety Toolkit. “When asking for
help, briefly explain what you’ve tried independently. That way the person from
whom you’re requesting help knows you’ve tried to figure out your problem for
yourself before requesting help.”
This could be as simple as Googling a solution
on your own, double-checking a request or going back to your notes. Ask for
help smartly, and give your own help freely. “If you’re known as a helpful
person around your office,” Boyes adds, “folks will want to help you when the