Home stagers, designers and creatives of all sorts must beware of dream crushers.
We’re an easy target because we’re not following the safe/traditional careers.
Most people continue to believe that being a lawyer, doctor or accountant are the quicker paths to financial independence.
Is that still really true? And what about the financial and time cost of all the education you’d need?
If you’re a woman, you might have been pushed towards nursing, teaching, banking or staying at home with your kids until they went off to college.
I’ve been helping creative people earn a living from their talent since 2005, and they come from so many unrelated careers.
They’re making a change because they’re ready to embrace their creativity and do work that feeds their soul.
They still want to help people and realize home staging and redesign is another way to do it. Plus, they’re ready to have more control over their own schedules.
Home Stagers Beware When Making a Change
Be careful who you share your new dreams with. Especially in the early stages.
Not everyone in your life will want you to change, because they’re afraid of how it will effect them. Or they may project all their own fears and insecurities onto you.
You can shift their opinions with the right information and reassurance.
Show The Dream Crushers What’s Possible
When you hear things like “home staging won’t work here” or “you can’t make money in home staging,” consider these two FREE resources!
You can download and share these 2 FREE items with people who doubt your dream. They’ll also quiet that negative voice in your own head saying some version of “Are you sure you can do this?”
I’ve found 3 strategies to keeping my own dreams alive in the face of naysayers and my own fears and self-doubt:
1. Write about your home staging dreams in a journal
This keeps you in touch with what you want and helps you see others’ opinions and projections for what they are.
Especially make a point of writing down the answer to this question, “What’s the worst thing that could happen if I try this?”
2. Surround yourself with people who can remind you what’s possible
If your friends, neighbors and family members don’t have creative careers, they may not understand your motivation to do something different.
Seek out others who have already succeeded at what you’re trying to do and it will remind you what’s possible. Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do online.
As a start, check out my 40,000+ tribe over on Facebook and Instagram.
3. Have a support system of home stagers and designers
I hope you find those suggestions helpful. I also want you to experience first-hand how well a support system works. That’s why I created both the private Staging Diva Dialog Group, and the private Staging Diva Network.
You can belong to one or both when you’re part of my inner circle of Staging Diva students.
I’ve developed deep relationships with the members over the years as I’ve answered their questions. It’s such a joy to watch their businesses grow and see what they do with the business model I teach them inside the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.
Plus, the members are super supportive of each other. We embrace cooperation rather than competition and know that there are plenty of home staging and decorating jobs for all of us.
Become Part of My Inner Circle Here
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Mary Ann Benoit says
Great tips! There will always be dream crushers and people will always judge. That’s just what we do as humans. If we live our lives worried about their opinions we will never do anything. Why not do it anyway and inspire others that they can do it too.
Debra Gould says
So well said Mary Ann, thanks for commenting!