There are few things more satisfying than creating something with your own two hands.
Like, a website. Or a painting. Or a longbow. Or baking a cake. Or making a dress.
The whole process triggers something inside that makes us feel a deep, contented, proud satisfaction. Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about… I’m sure most people do.
Most of what I do involves sitting and writing, or doing aerial acrobatics – all of which are great fun and all of which give me a sense of accomplishment when I achieve something.
But the act of actually physically making something with your own hands is, I think, pretty special. And it’s good for you.
Even if – perhaps especially if – you don’t do anything physically creative in your business.
The other week, Joe and I looked at our steep grassy bank, thought about the fact that our parents were coming to visit, and wondered how they’d cope with the slope. Probably not brilliantly. So we fixed it.
Scavenging around the garden uncovered 12 big lumps of walling stone, so we set about turning them into steps.
It only took an afternoon, and we were pretty proud when we’d finished.
Now, every time I go into the garden, they make me smile when I see them. And sometimes I walk up and down them just because they’re there. It’s pretty cool. And just pretty.
Take a look: they have the Noodle seal of approval. And it’s a fab place to sit in the sun with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Go out and make something. It’s good for you.
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Last year, I made a book – Business For Superheroes – and I still look at that and giggle a bit because I can’t quite believe I’m an author. I’m told it’s pretty good – in fact, the only negative feedback I’ve had was from someone who objects to swearing. So if you somehow think swear words are evil, I’d avoid it. If, however, you don’t have a stick up your bum, you can get your mitts on a copy here.
It walks you through everything I did to grow my business to a six figure turnover, as a lone freelance copywriter. But the principles and strategies I share work for any business, because people are people are people everywhere.