A phone call, last Friday.
A British gent in Marbella – we were in touch way back when, in my tailoring days.
Friendly man, runs a business real estate business.
I explain that actually I don’t have my tailoring company any longer.
He presses on: “But do you still make suits?”
“Very occasionally, and I’m very picky about the kind of job I take on”.
I’m just short of telling him that if I stitch at all these days, I take it as a work of art.
That in reality, the only work I do at a sewing machine these days is for my former abbot or his assistants.
“But how much would it be, if you would take on the job?”
Clearly, the man knows sales. Clever, that ‘would’.
“2000 Euros”, I tell him, and he goes “Oh, that’s fine”.
“But”, I tell him, I’m not sure. I have to think about it. It would take a lot of time away from my current work”.
Mentally, I calculate how many podcasts and webinars I can study during the 100 hours a suit would take. I’d learn a lot, and get paid for my time too. Not a lot, but still.
Part of me is decided: NO. Stay focused.
Another part says: “It’s money, Martin. And you tell everyone you miss tailoring. And you could treat it as art, instead of work”.
Oh the dilemmas we face, right?
As my abbot used to say: “Choices… life is all about choices”.
And so I’ve made my choice: I’m not doing it.
If Mr. Marbella phones back, I’ll decline.
Because yes, I’d love the work. Truly.
But I am focused, I’m building a new business, I’m here to help artists. Not to make art.
Besides, there are plenty of things I don’t get around to as it is.
My novel, for example.
Or the 3-part art-marketing manual I want to co-author with Helen Aldous over at Artonomy.
I want to stay right here, work with artists, and serve you guys with daily emails and the best possible newsletter I can write.
Maybe once the April newsletter is ready next week, I’ll take a day off to put together some nice linen trousers for myself, to ease the pain.
The moral of the story?
Money gets offered, shiny new objects appear and boy are they tantalising.
Opportunities arise, and wouldn’t you just LOVE to jump in?
Sometimes it’s a good idea, other times it isn’t.
But I think that focus and concentration win every time.
I’m going to focus on the Twitter issue of the newsletter.
Which you can get here –> http://martinstellar.com/leap-to-more-sales/
Catch you later.