#219 Top 10 Takeaways of Our SOS Live Retreat (Success Stories with Designers)

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I am just beaming today, m’dear!  My team and I just wrapped up our quarterly SOS Live Retreat in NYC… and it was incredible!

When I was just getting started in business, it was mastermind sessions with peers that were the most groundbreaking for my professional growth.

I think getting together and brainstorming is one of the most valuable things we can do as a community

After all these years, I’m so happy to be hosting a quarterly live retreat for the students in my Strategic Onlines Sales Accelerator program (SOS).

I’m still riding the high from working with so many brilliant designers to help them plan out their goals and build their dream biz. 

So, I thought it would be fun to go over the top 10 takeaways from the event for anyone who couldn’t be there.

Let’s dive right in!

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Make Space to Create

Creativity requires boundaries and discipline. As a designer, your creativity is arguably your most valuable asset, so keep it safe!

Have you ever tried to cram a creative task into an overpacked schedule and found yourself hitting a wall? Yeah, me too.

It takes time and focus to get into a creative flow. If you’re trying to start and finish a creative project in 45 minutes, you won’t even be in that flow yet when your timer goes off. Not to mention how stressed you’ll feel about the unrealistic deadline you set for yourself!

Spending a few hours every week, at MINIMUM, purely focused on being creative and expanding your horizons is essential for growth.

Plan Ahead… With Milestones!

We all have goals, but is your day-to-day structured around reaching milestones for those goals?

It’s easy to make a list of what you want to achieve, but it’s not an effective route to success unless you can break it down into milestones. They help you stay on track and measure your progress.

Project planning apps like Asana and Trello can be super helpful for this.

Without a strategic plan, you’re really doing yourself a disservice because you have nothing to shoot for.

Connect with People Who Root for You

Growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If you isolate yourself, you’re going to continue to struggle. Plus, it just gets lonely!

When you connect with other designers and entrepreneurs, the impact it has on your business and overall growth is groundbreaking.

You only have one brain for problem-solving and strategizing. By sharing ideas and brainstorming with solution-oriented peers, you’ll be exposed to many more ideas.

And you can always go out for drinks afterwards! Bonus!

Listen to the full episode to hear some examples from designers who attended our event last week! There’s a lot to be learned from them…

Until next week,

xo, Tracy

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