The title of this piece is Don't Fence Me In. I've been successfully unemployed since 1984 so this slogan is pretty much my battle cry.
But since 1984, I've been a fraud. I HAVE fenced myself into a career mindset.
I hate feeling trapped. I don't like small spaces and I'm a reluctant hugger.
So why fence myself in? Because it helps me stay successfully unemployed, or more accurately, self employed. And how have I done that?
1. I've studied the market.
Even if I haven't exactly liked where the market's heading, I still try to understand WHY it's heading that way.
2. I've looked beyond my own expertise. I've researched what other artists are working on. I read books outside the genres I'm working on.
3. I've adapted. I've tried mediums I never thought I could tackle. I used to think I was shy and dove into public speaking, and even scarier - teaching middle school.
4. I haven't quit. I'll never quit unless forced to.
5. I love what I do. I'm the luckiest person in the world to be able to work hard enough to make myself see double a good amount of the time.
I don't mind at all being fenced in. You might not mind it either. Just remember, if you make sure you're fenced in area is big enough - the universe is the limit, baby.