Doing What Other People Will Like vs. Doing What Inspires You

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 10

by Rena Klingenberg.

How I discovered that doing what inspires me is actually more successful than doing what I think other people will like.

Transcript of This Video:

Today I want to talk about doing what you think other people might like, versus what you are really inspired to do.

This lesson really hit home with me when I first started my jewelry business.

I started out thinking that I had to do what other people would like – and I based all of my jewelry design decisions on what I thought people would like as far as materials, techniques, styles.

And I was afraid to create the things that I really wanted to, because I was worried that people would reject them, and that felt too risky to me.

But after awhile I realized that this “safe route” of doing what I thought other people would like was boring.

It was boring to me, and it was obviously boring to them because they weren’t buying my jewelry!

So that’s when I realized that I needed to change.

I needed to be more creative and to put more of my unique self into everything I did.

I realized that the more I do what really resonates with me, the more it lights a spark for me, the better of a response it gets.

And that’s true whether I’m making jewelry, or crafts, or writing, or anything that’s creative.

If I’m using materials and ideas that really inspire me, that’s when it really lights that spark.

Some people will really connect with your creative spark – and other people won’t.

But that’s totally okay, because what you want to do is to really connect with and attract the people who resonate with your spark.

That’s how you gather customers and fans who will support you and your work.

And that doesn’t happen by playing it safe.

It happens by putting more of your unique self into everything you create – and when you focus on creating things that you are really inspired to do, and that really resonate with you.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the “creative spark” – your experiences with it, and what you think about the difference between making things you think other people will like, versus making things that you are really inspired to make.

I want to thank you so much for stopping in for another lovely coffee with me, and I will see you next time!

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Fabric-wrapped neckwire and square copper earrings

Neckwire: Fabric-wrapped brass neckwire by Rena Klingenberg; see my Fabric Wrapped Choker Necklace Tutorial.

Earrings: Etched and alcohol inked copper earrings by Southwind Design.

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