This. Now. Your time.
The time of your life. If you don’t feel or believe this is it, consider how we have never before had this time in history… this time of vast opportunity.
Today, you can pick up your phone, snap a photo of something special—or a unique view of something ordinary—and share it with the world in just minutes. You can write a short story and publish it to the world in a day. You can paint a painting and upload it to some of the many resources for creators to sell your work.
What if you approached today as if this day marks the time of your life to pursue more of what matters? No matter what has come before… no matter the challenges along the way, for there will always be challenges, what if today is the day?
For this is the time of your life. This moment… this day… to make the choices that will move you closer to your goals.
Table of Contents
- Audio Article – Time of Your Life
- Simplifying Complexity
- Create Daily
- The American Idol Culture
- Choose Yourself
- Courageous Creators – Success Stories
- The Time of My Life Song
- Creative Inspiration
Audio Article – Time of Your Life
The way from where you are to where you want to be, is simple. It may not always be clear, and it will rarely be easy, but it’s always rooted in the same basic principles of doing the work that you love.
In the vast, interconnected online world of today, the many opportunities can seem overwhelming and the systems, complex. But stepping back, we can see—and be aware of—the big picture, while then zooming in on the next simple steps that will deliver the most results.https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_berlow_how_complexity_leads_to_simplicity
Everything begins one step at a time.
The way you get clarity is the way you drive in fog. You’ve got 10 feet of clarity, the way you get more is to move forward 10 feet.
~David Bayer, CEO of David Bayer Transformational Programs, Source: Impact Theory
Creating the Time of your Life Starts Here
Just two simple steps.
- Identify what you love
- Do that daily
Do something toward your dreams daily. Even 10 minutes doing something around the work that you love to do. That 10 minutes will soon grow into 20 that grows into 40.
The more you do the work you love, the more you’ll want to do, and the more you can do.
There has never been a better time in history to pursue work you love. Today the internet places the world at your fingertips. That could mean a world of distraction… or it could mean a world of creation delivered directly to your audience.
Today, the only barrier of entry is your willingness to do the work daily.
The Internet is the middle man.
~Gary Vaynerchuk, thought leader, entrepreneur, Vayner Media
The American Idol Culture
American Idol—after many years running—is still a popular show. Today’s youth and celebrity culture has created a new kind of American Dream: the dream of being discovered… of being chosen.
We all love the rags-to-riches stories. The rising up and becoming something more is at the root of humanity… it’s at the soul of who we are as humans. It is our destiny.
Loving more, living more, laughing more, doing more, being more. Through the ebbs and flows of life, in the end it is to have grown more in consciousness, in compassion and in ability. All of it is a part of the creator’s journey.
The rising up and becoming something more is at the soul of who we are as humans. It is our destiny.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
But now… you don’t have to wait to be chosen. You don’t have to wait to win… to place your fate and your success in the hands of anyone else. You can choose yourself by bringing your art, craft, creations and business directly to your audience.
The way—the only way—to grow your audience is by sharing your work with the world. Your audience will find you the more work you do and share. Growing an audience is essential for selling your work. Authors today are responsible for building their own platforms, and those who do, also get noticed and chosen by publishers.
It’s the same thing for any area of creative endeavor today. Hard work converts ordinary to extraordinary.
Take the reins and rule your rise into the vista of your vision and bring your dreams to life. Give stage to your amazing, creative self and wings to your big heart. Give voice to your thoughts and form to your ideas.
Extraordinary begins with the extra ordinary everyday hard work.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Courageous Creators – Success Stories
For some inspiration here is a short list of a few creators whose primary mode of “making it” was through their persistent efforts to publish their work and grow their audience through social channels such as YouTube (YT).
- Kurt Hugo Schneider (music producer and filmmaker – 10.6 million YT Subscribers (up from 7.4million from April-Sept ’18)
- Peter Hollens (a cappella singer – 2.5 million YT subscribers (up from 1.4 million April-Sept ’18)
- Christopher Paolini (Eragon series; originally self-published, best selling series plus a movie)
- Adrian Von Ziegler, composer-musician, 772k YT (up from 727k April-Sept ’18 )
- Justin Bieber, discovered at age 12 by putting videos of himself singing up on YouTube. https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Weekend/teen-pop-star-justin-bieber-discovered-youtube/story?id=9068403
- Lorraine Loots, Paintings for Ants – committed to creating a miniature painting every day for a year… and then she kept on going. What began as a hobby grew to international recognition and a professional art career.
“It had a hundred views, then a thousand views, then ten thousand views, so I just kept posting more videos and more videos,” 15 year old Justin Bieber on ABC News about his leap into the limelight at age 12.
Let us know your favorite creator success stories—especially those who grew their success through social media and/or daily creating—and we’ll add them to this list.
The Time of My Life Song
Below we’re sharing David Cook, American Idol winner, singing The Time of My Life. Sing it with him… belt it out whenever you need a boost and a reminder that this… this time, this place, this moment, is the time of your life. This is your time to do the work to build your dreams.
This time, this place, this moment, is the time of your life.
For David Cook, it was American Idol that launched him. But he at least put himself out there to audition. For you… for most of us, don’t wait.
Never wait to be “discovered”.
By putting your work out into the world, you discover a greater capacity to work, an endless flow of ideas, and those who are drawn to your particular brand of creativity. And yes… doing so, may actually get you discovered, but it begins with putting yourself and your work out there.
I’ll taste every moment and live it out loud… this is the time of my life.
~Regie Hamm, singer-songwriter
If you’re struggling, you may gain inspiration from the video story of how Regie Hamm came to win the song competition that changed his life. And yes… he was chosen, but first he chose himself by writing it and entering!
So we’re not saying not to apply with agents, publishers, producers, studios, etc. Rather, we’re saying, “don’t wait.” Do, distribute, discern opportunities and keep on doing that.
Your time. Your dreams. They won’t happen without you.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com
The creator is ever creating and in the creation she is created.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com
Interests Vs. Commitment
Tune into this powerful interview with one of the renowned teachers and success stories based on the commitment to dreams and visioning. His story about his first mentor’s advice when he was a troubled — and in trouble — 18 year old is stellar for all time.
Hello! I’m LeAura, owner and co-creator of iCreateDaily.com®. As an autodidactic philosopher, generalist, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, writer, editor, author, ideator, media publisher, and podcaster, I’m passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life! Our small family of entrepreneurs, writers, investors, educators and creators own and run websites around topics we enjoy, such as gardening, health and fitness, creativity and pets, with more to come.
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: family, learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation, synthesis and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship, all with a pervasive spiritual foundation with a focus on elevating the lives of others.
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