Measuring Success

Success – when do I have it? how do I feel it? how do I measure it? It seems to be a volatile, hard-to-pin-down thing. Lately I have been thinking about how I define success because of my experiences at my most recent show. My pieces were selling very well and it was a great feeling, continuing to make some income week after week. I was feeling successful. But then I started questioning why I could only feel this when some other person decided to buy my art – isn’t there more to it that that? Shouldn’t I be a success whenever I meet challenges each week, be it creating a brand new design, or figuring out how to repair a flawed piece. I’m slowly expanding my definition of success and embracing it. Sales have slowed down, but I am trying to hold on to this feeling of success flitting around in my brain.