I like that this Business Chats post is about confidence, because it's a word that can mean two different things in business. So for this post, I'm going to split it up, and tackle confidence from both directions.
You having confidence in me.
If you look at the definition above, I'm talking about the 1st understanding of the word. This is all about you having confidence in my, and in my business. This means that you are believing in me and my work, trusting in my process and delivery, and knowing that you will be given a product that has been loved and cared for through it's creation the same amount as every other product I've created. This is important to me, because it creates a reputation of quality, as well as the dedication I give to all my pieces I make. I guess you'd call this building a good reputation. I want you to know that you can trust that I'm going to make something for you that I love, and am happy about, so that you know that you are going to love it too.
Having confidence in myself.
This is the tougher one for me. I've always struggled with confidence in my art, but more so in school than now. I was never happy with the work that I produced in school, constantly critiquing myself way harder than I needed to, and still not being happy even when I got good grades for my pieces. When I started creating art more for myself, and less for assignments, I could see little bits of confidence poking through, rising to the surface. Slowly, I was liking the things I was making more and more. Bringing that confidence into my business, and pushing myself harder to make things I truly love has been one of the best things for DZD. I'm probably a little harder on myself than I was at school, only because I want to put work into my shop that I actually like, not necessarily something that I just finished in time. This means that I'm giving you work that I'm happy with, that I'm more confident in, and that I want you to feel good about purchasing. I know I still have to work on my self-confidence when it comes to my work, but to me, that just means that I'm going to constantly be getting better, creating better, which in turn should benefit you.
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How do you handle confidence, or lack there of, in your daily life? Did you have confidence struggles on your creative side that you've overcome? I'd love to hear your story! Share in the comments!
cafe photo above by The Entrance Collective