Hey Ribbons, hope you’re all doing well!
Today I want to discuss something that has been playing on my mind for a little while now. So, as I’ve mentioned here and here, I’ve been working on my women swear line, which will be launching in the New Year. However, through the process of working on that, trying to stay updated with instagram, and working part time in retail, something felt off. Have you ever felt like you were not working hard enough but you didn’t really know HOW to work harder? I know that might sound a little funny, but hear me out. Sometimes I feel as though I’m doing ‘all I can’ in every aspect of my life, but then I look at others in the same field as me and they seem to be achieving way more. So then I sit and ask myself: ‘Are You ACTUALLY Working Hard Enough?”
How does one know if they are working hard enough? That’s the tricky thing about being a creative and working the way we do. With a 9-5 job, you can work hard for years at the same pace and eventually, (regardless of how long this takes) you will most likely receive a promotion or a raise. You won’t receive this promotion or raise because you did anything particularly exceptional, but you will receive it simply because you work hard but you’ve also been working at that job for years. In a creative field, I find that if you work hard at the same thing and at the same pace for years, you will most likely get left behind. This, I believe is because we are expected to think of new and interesting things to grab the attention of our audiences over and over again, lest they get bored of our stagnant (for lack of a better word) content.
My question to everyone really is, ‘How do you know if you’re working hard enough?’ What are the steps you all go through to ensure you have given each venture your very best? Is there a measure? I’d love to hear your comments because sometimes as a creative, I struggle with what might seem to be the littlest things to others.
Hope you’re all having an awesome week and if you’re a reader from the US, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!
P.S If you would like to keep up with my design process, then follow me at @nengiwilliepepple on instagram. It’s balck Friday tomorrow, so I’ll be picking up a few lovely pieces.
ZARA Belt Choker, Missguided Belt, similar here
H&M Suede Shearling Jacket, similar here, ASOS Boots