In my opinion, the most important thing for you to figure out as an commercial artist, designer, product manager, or independent creative is 1) what you want to do and 2) why.
I've intentionally surrounded myself with other creative people all my life and to be honest I am restless of hearing "I don't know" in response to these two questions. Don't get me wrong, I get it—I didn't just wake up one day with an "ah-hah" moment and start getting to work, it takes time.
Here's the thing though: time is the most valuable raw material and it's not a commodity. It's worth more than money, success, material goods, and luxury. Reason being? We all (rich or poor) have twenty-four hours in the day, 168 hours in a week—that's not changing no matter how hard you try.
So while it does take time to figure out what you want and why you want it, there is really no better time than now to figure it out. You're not deciding your fate, you are simply setting course for the vision ahead.
Truth is, I think most of us are just simply not good at this. We struggle to plan ahead, we find it difficult to look down the road and confidentially boast where we see ourselves a year, five, or ten years in the future.
Taking puzzles apart are always much easier than putting them together and it is virtually the same when it comes to your vision and goals.
Figure out what you want to see in the world, why, and then do it—NOW!
If you have comments or questions about getting things done, finding more time, or just taking a risk I'd love to hear from you, email me email@example.com.