Jake knocked me on my butt with his career timeline. I think we are just about the same age, and he's achieved so much. Makes me realize how driven he is. And also how much follow through he has, I have tons of projects I fiddle with but I never take them to finish because I never feel like I have the skill to make them good enough.
Progress is made with constraints and accountablilty
2 sketchbook pages a day, 1 of loose exploration drawings, 1 finished (but in a year in review video he said he only did 129 drawings that year, which is 1 finished every 3 days)
a drawing every 3 days
1. specific vision (what position what level what achieved)
2. deconstruct vision (what steps to get there, what steps did others take to get there)
3. daily and weekly schedule for achieving steps (to have an achievable sense of progress)
4. Cut the Fat is this going to get me closer or further to my goal, for everything you do
(reading, tv, games, dampires (well intentioned sucky people)) (-1 day for recharge, family friends)
before starting 15 minute rev up/inspiritation meditate
write priorities for day
start w/ creative stuff
biz stuff 2nd 1/2 of day
(if has energy, sneaks back to work after family evening stuff)
each day or half day is a dif project (tue-thur=comic, sat-sun=songs)
to do list, read everyday so decide if you need to stick it in the days to do
do better today than you did yesterday
there are 3 types of nourishment
1. the project feeds your spirit, creating the work is the reward
2. other people like it and their feedback nourishes you
3. it makes money and you can eat
so when considering a project, think about what you want to get out of it:
I don't care if anyone else likes this, I really want to do it
I don't care what the project is, I just need to make some money
Ride that first burst of excitement about the project (the blocking buzz) as long as you can, stay up late, put in extra time, use the excitement to go go go as far as you can, knowing that once it wears off you're still going to grind through and finish the thing. Because the flush from finishing is even better than the blocking buzz, and the only thing that matters is finished things.
The Cult of Done Manifesto
- There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- There is no editing stage.
- Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you're done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
1 web page
2 post on twitter instagram facebook tumblr
3 viral bait (series often works better, like star wars as samurai, or disney as robots, or fill the gap in an IP like chewbacca kylo ren backstory, or even do 100 somethings)
4 submit your viral bait to every top blog, write your own article about it
5 do it again and again, consistency
Success on Social Media (instagram)
1. post striking imagery that stops people and elicits an emotion
2. post when audience is online
3. hashtag smartly (trending & climbing, also accurate)
4. be strategic with your captions. drive engagement (call to action)
5. respond to followers/comments (especially when not overwhelmed by followers yet)turn people who followed into actual fans.
6. be a good internet citizen, be part of community, follow like comment on others, don't just drop in dump your stuff and walk off