Artist vs Entrepreneur-Which One Are You Most Like?

Artist versus entrepreneur -- this is something that comes up every once in a while. Maybe you're a creative-type yourself...and maybe you're wanting to make a go of things and build an online business for yourself. Well, it's important to know that there can be big differences between artists versus entrepreneurs, so let's dig into all this.

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Okay let's jump into this "artist vs entrepreneur" stuff. Now both artists and entrepreneurs can be similar in may ways. Both do creative work they feel matters. Both rely on intuition, a sense of purpose, and an insatiable drive to put their work out into the world.

And it's important to note that not all "artists" paint and not all entrepreneurs build businesses. Here, it's more about the philosophical differences between these two mindsets.

Both build something they care about and then try to sell that thing they've made into the market...

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...but only one's convinced that selling's beneath them.

Both need happy, paying customers who are satisfied to allow them to keep doing what they do...

...but only one would admit it.

Both work hard to develop something they hope others will value, and both put their work out into the world and share it with others...

...but only one calls it a product.

One thinks the muse is running the show...the other knows it's the market who's really in charge.

One works when they want, usually only when inspiration strikes...and they work on whatever they want...

...while the other shows up day after day, and works on what the market wants.

One curses the world for not appreciating their work...

...the other listens to the market and gives them what they want.

One does their work for themselves, but demands the rest of us appreciate it...

...while the other serves a market and keeps trying over and over until they get it right.

One feels misunderstood by people who aren't buying...

...the other seeks to understand why people aren't buying.

One likes the way their job title feels...

...the other likes the way doing their work feels.

One demands that the market adjust to what they want to produce...

...while the other adjusts themselves to what the market wants.

One stares at a blank drawing board, waiting for something great to come out...

...while the other just shows up and starts working.

One thinks it's a matter of luck, chance, or some other mystical force that's bestowed upon those lucky few who've been deemed worthy...

...while the other deals in probabilities and odds, which are increased the more they keep showing up.

There's nothing wrong with being one or the other. One's a noun, the other's a verb. Just know who's needs your work is filling -- yours or your customer's.

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