Fran Meneses is an illustrator who vlogs about…what it’s like to be an illustrator. Or really, a freelancer of any sort. Or even more really, a “choose yourself-er.”
People who have chosen to take their destiny into their own hands instead of a mostly-guaranteed steady paycheck. The people I admire but have convinced myself that I could never join the ranks of, because I’m too scattered and/or lazy and/or lacking for time.
But I watch their videos and read their blogs anyway. I bet you do too.
Here’s a vlog of Fran’s that hit home with me.
Spoiler: her advice is BE PROACTIVE. Don’t wait for someone to tell you how or what to do, but instead figure it out for yourself.
“You only need yourself, and internet, the library and books. You also need motivation…and coffee.”
The funny thing is, as we started rounding out the video, I realized that I have heard most of this advice before. Where? From Mike Cernovich and James Altucher and Tim Ferriss. From other people who have actually done it. (Although they wrap their advice in very different aesthetics than Fran does.)
But what really caught my attention, is that I remember reading these things in the granddaddy of self-help books, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
In fact, I pulled out my nearly-full pink sparkly learning notebook circa 2015/2016, where I took notes from my first read-through. Mr Hill is a lot more prolific and early 20th century feeling than Fran, but they share some very common overlapping points.
Fran’s Advice on How to Be Good at Something
- What do you want to learn?
- Get organized–find where these things live
- Make a schedule–so that you will carry through with learning these things instead of procrastinating
- Surround yourself with people that motivate you, that make you want to do things
- Meet with a study group to learn and discuss
- Be consistent
Mr Hill’s Advice on How to Be Good at Something
- Desire backed by faith
- Clear and definite plan
- Decision is the opposite of procrastination
- Specialized knowledge (from the library!)
- Form a “master mind” group
- Persistent, continuous action
Funny how they’re almost exactly the same. Now, I have many more notes on Mr Hill’s advice (which is mostly general), and Fran has many more videos (which are very much more specialized onto freelancing, running an online shop, and illustration) so the comparisons won’t stand up to a huge amount of scrutiny.
I enjoy the synchronicity between them, and the echo of truth that rings when the same advice holds true, and actually works, in 2017 as it did in 1937.
Now, as always with the truth, the hardest part is doing it!