Friday, June 17, 2011

You Should Focus...

I'm reading Outliers. Well, I'm listening to it on my Ipod. Well it's not really my Ipod, because it's just a little Ipod icon on my Iphone.

So I am listening to a book on my phone. Except it's not really a book - it's a recording.

Well you know what I mean.

See how hard it is to focus?

Anyway, the book is about the magical 10,000 hours that turn people into the best at what they do.

10,000 hours is about 5 full time work years. It's when you really start to get good.

Want proof? Go look at your Splitcoast gallery or your blog and see where your cards really started to take on what you think of as your own personal style. If you've been doing it for a long time, it was probably at the 10,000 hour mark. Maybe you're not there yet, in which case, you have a ton of joy ahead of you. It's a really great book - I highly recommend listening to it and thinking about exactly what it is you choose to spend your time on.

If you're not spending most of your hours on something you REALLY want to get good at, you should find a way to make that happen.

It made me think of a technique, of course.

Spotlighting.

It's an oldie, but a goodie, and I love it every time I do it I think because I love a solitary pop of color anyway, and this technique just gives me an excuse.


One thing you need to focus on is that this lovely background stamp is retiring at the end of the month. :( I haz a sad. If you want to get your paws on it before it's gone forever, you can order it here.

If I were any good at focusing, I would have realized that I failed to put a glue dot on my key before I took a picture, and now it's immortalized forever just flapping around in front of my greeting.

*Sigh*

Guess I need a few more hours....

6 comments:

  1. Niiiice. Oh, shiny! What did you say about focus?

    I've never successfully done the spotlighting thang. Perhaps I'll try it. :)

    WV: arders
    1) That looks arders than it probably is.
    2) Most stampers are arders.

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  2. This is a great card, and I love your dynamic, active accent key!

    WV: burable: "Things I didn't think I could stand became burable."

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  3. Love the card -- complete with free-flowing key.
    I just learned that we can download audio books from our library onto our iPhones. LOVE THAT! Unfortunately, the magically disappear after 7 days and you can't renew them - so I stick to short books LOL!

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  4. This is lovely. Interesting that you used a white background on the spotlight as opposed to the kraft.

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  5. Love, love, love your card! And your key should be flowing free - defying gravity and making it's own mark! I never thought of using the spotlighting technique with a background stamp. Well, duh!

    WV: satessed - meaning to be really, really satisfied.

    You haz satessed me with all of your wonderful stamping creations!

    (Sated def.: 1. Satisfy [a desire or an appetite] to the full: "sate your appetite at the restaurant". 2. Supply [someone] with as much as or more of something than is desired or can be managed.)

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  6. <3 the card, <3 the post...don't <3 that you haz a sad..that is one purdy bg stamp :( <3 ya!

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