Mar 01 2009
There are two kinds of successful worker: entrepreneurs that start their own projects, and professionals that the entrepreneurs trust enough to bring onto those projects.
1. Did you start any big projects this past year, like trying to write a novel or comic book? Did you succeed? Why or why not? What project could you start this year?
2. Have you cultivated any relationships with the sort of people that are likely to help you be successful? For example, if you want to become a writer, developing a relationship with professional writers, editors and/or literary agents is wise. (“Hey, B. Mac. This chapter doesn’t feel like it’s working. Could you give me some suggestions?”) If you want to write comic books, you’ll probably also benefit from friends that are talented artists. Even if your networking is as rudimentary as making a few contacts through an art-site like DeviantArt, that’s a good start. Even if you don’t end up hiring them to be your artist, they can still provide valuable feedback. (“This page doesn’t look right. Any suggestions?”)
3. Have you cultivated any relationships with the people that are likely to start projects you’d like to work on?