Dreams come true and now you’re achieving your goals while doing the thing you love. Life is perfect and every day is wonderful. You’re sipping coffee at your workspace and ready to dive in when you suddenly realize, “Holy crap, I have responsibilities… to myself. Oh my God.” The best and worst parts of being a creative entrepreneur are the same: you are in complete and terrifying control, fully accountable for every element of your business.
This wasn’t a guide I was prepared to write when this column began, but a few years later I’ve experienced plenty of battles with myself. It really boils down to acting like any boss or manager. Hold yourself to realistic standards and encourage yourself to get through the tough or less-fun tasks. (Just in time for tax season!) –Adam J. Kurtz
Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.