The Monday Morning WHIP // 50

It’s been an entire year since we launched Junior. We’ve had a rad time doing it and have met some incredible people along the way. So seeing as it’s our one-year anniversary, we thought it fitting to re-post Stan (http://branddna NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)‘s very first Monday Morning WHIP. It’s also a good reminder to re-look at all of them, because they’re just as pertinent as ever. Especially this one, which is about being persistent, staying patient, remembering to live your life, and to learn as you go. Because as the famous saying goes, “Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” Remember, Stan doesn’t do this for anyone but you. So if you like getting these inspiring snippets from Stan’s mind every week, let him know how much you appreciate it and send him and email to wtf@lifeatthebottom.com (wtf null@null lifeatthebottom NULL.com). We’ll pass it on.

Making the transition from aspiring creative to working creative isn’t easy. Never has been. Never will be.

It takes a combination of four things; talent, work, persistence and luck. Yes luck.

Talent is a given. If you haven’t got any, there’s not much chance you’ll ever crack a gig. So if you don’t have talent buy yourself a suit and go work as one.

Getting a creative gig takes work. A lot of work.

Don’t think that because you’ve got a degree you’re guaranteed a job. You’re not.

It takes work. A lot of work. That’s where persistence comes in.

If being a creative is what you want to be, what you really want to be, then you’ll get a job. Eventually.

But getting that job takes persistence.

It might take you a month. It might take you three months. It may even take you a year.

In essence, it takes as long as it takes.

I’m temped to tell you not to despair, but I know you will. I did!

But if being a creative is what you want to be, what you really want to be, you have to keep on keeping on. No matter how long it takes you.

Because sooner or later you’ll be in the right place at the right time to land a job.

It may not be your dream job. It may not be at the place you always saw yourself working. But your first job is a result of talent, work, persistence and luck. A lot of luck.

Written by Junior
Originally posted on: 02/11/2009
Category: WHIP
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