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Recently, I’ve noticed that lots of pop stars have unique names for their followers. Lady Gaga has her little monsters, Katy Perry has her KatyCats, and even Justin Bieber has his Beliebers (I had to Google that last one, honest.).
Following on with that train of thought, I’ve decided to give the readers and fans of Site Sketch 101 a cool nickname. My first thought was to call you Sketchers, but I’m pretty sure that the shoe company probably holds the rights to that title, and besides, who wants to be referred to as a shoe? My next thought was Sketch heads, and although that’s the one I’m going with, it seems a bit cliche. Feel free to drop me some suggestions in the comments below.
Whoah, now! Hold up. I know what you’re thinking: Nick, you’re not a pop star? What is wrong with you? You can’t give us a nickname! And you know what…you’re absolutely right. I know I’m not a celebrity icon and I certainly won’t pretend to be one, but remember in inception when Eames said, “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
I’m a dreamer. I’m absolutely convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that I’ll be a millionaire within the next five or so years. I’ve been self-employed now for over a year and I’m making more money now than I was when had a full-time job…and the numbers are growing every month. Besides that, last fall I launched the most profitable project I’ve ever created, and I’ve been working over the past year to continue growing and expanding it.
If you can dream it, you can do it
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the mix, to take take our eyes off the prize. I see that a lot. I do it a lot. For example, another one of my highly classified, super squirrel secret project that I’ve got in the queue has taken the last year and a half to put together, and although I’d like to tell you that I’ll have it ready to show off by the new year, odds are that it will likely end up pushing into May. Such is life.
I work hard to keep myself motivated. I’m not the guy who sits around complaining about his job. I’m the guy who thinks that if there’s something better out there, I’m going to find it, I’m going to do it. Take action! There is one unshakable belief that drives me to get out of the bed and keep working each day: If you can dream it, you can do it!
I’m an incredibly motivated individual, and I love surrounding myself with other highly motivated people, and I love spreading the motivation to as many people as possible. Get motivated. Channel that motivation into learning something great and doing something greater.
Okay. I know. Now I sound like a cheerleader. But I’m alright with that. This post is basically intended to be a little pick me up, to check in and let you all know how I’m doing, and to hopefully pump a little bit of epinephrine straight to the heart.
So let’s catch up. In the comments below, let me know what projects you’ve been working on lately, what struggles you’ve been having, what triumphs you’ve had and what milestones you’re working toward, and ask me anything you’d like to know about what I’ve got going on at my end of this long string-between-Styrofoam-cups that we call the internet.
Or just stop in and say hello if you and I haven’t spoken in a while…or ever.
When life gives you lemons…
P.S. A while back, I was playing Portal 2 on my Playstation 3 when Cave Johnson, the founder of the fictitious in-game company began spouting off about what to do when life gives you lemons. Hopefully it will elicit a smile from you like it did from me:
“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your lemons, what the heck am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”
I’ll see you at the top!