I am on a mission to Make Myself.
Make Yourself /māk yərˈself/ v. To become successful and/or make a living out of one’s passions.
The Make Yourself Manifesto proposes that:
1. if you apply yourself whole-heartedly to each step detailed in ‘Portion A’ of this document,
2. if you identify with the personal attributes detailed in ‘Portion B’ of this document,
you are capable of Making Yourself.
Create a Manifesto. A manifesto is a written statement publicly declaring your intentions and motives. By making your intentions public, you are making a commitment not only to yourself but also to others who can chime in to support and encourage your efforts. Think of a manifesto as a project you’re taking on that will help you break down challenges (tasks) to set for yourself that will help you get closer to your goals.
The best way to learn is to be involved. You can volunteer your time, work for free, attend workshops, seminars, conferences, take on a diploma, a degree, or a course. If you intend to make a living out of your interests, you must be a knowledgeable and experienced in your field.
It’s all about who you know. Get out there, introduce yourself, be seen, make connections and affiliate yourself to specific industries and social circles. Networking is a means of creating opportunities. The more people you know, the more information you have access to, the more opportunities you’re privy to. Attend events, meetups, conferences, gigs, seminars, meetings, trade shows, ceremonies, launches, parties, retreats, workshops, etc. that are relevant to your industry or your interests.
Content creation allows us to showcase what we know and what we’re capable of actualizing. Write articles, blogs, essays, do interviews, take pictures, compile digital stories, make music, videos, podcasts, movies, shorts, episodes, music videos, memes…
Thanks to the digital age we live in, we have the tools to document how we spend our time and apply ourselves. By capturing creative processes, by making video diaries of triumphs and tragedies and by revealing the hard work behind the challenges we take on, we can create engaging personal programming to market our endeavours and our skills and abilities.
You don’t have to know exactly what you want. You do have to be determined to figure it out. Vision and purpose are essential to setting goals.
Things will not always go as desired or planned. You have to be resilient, you have to persevere and you have to have a good attitude. You must see mistakes as lessons to be learned, as opportunities for feedback.
Successful people are successful because they get a lot done. The ability to manage time in productive blocks is crucial to achieving goals.
Big dreams often spark fears of fantasy or delusion, but without big dreams we cannot set grandiose goals. Success is not ordinary, it is extraordinary.