After watching this video "The Dare of DIY" by Tara Gentile, on how the handmade, DIY, artsy, "why not?" culture is akin to entrepreurship and tying the two into a tapestry, I'm adding Tara Gentile into the ally category, too.
Tara shares that a common thread among the handmade, DIY, indie set is the burning question:
Can it be done?
The business of sharing your stuff out in the wide world can also be looked at in the same adventurous spirit of the creative act. Tara, quoting landscape designer Steve Gerischer from the book, Made by Hand, shares, "Look at it as an opportunity to try stuff out, "Ask yourself, "What do I get to do?" not "What do I have to do?""
And loving this sentiment, from same book, Made by Hand by Mark Fraenfelder (a few sample chapters in PDF here): "I am at my most creative when I do something I have no experience with." says Andrew Anker, SAY Media (SAY Media is behind Typepad, where this blog is hosted, btw).
Another gem from Tara's video presentation at the Etsy Labs gathering: "You have no preconceived notions about how something is going to turn out, you have no specific expectations, you have no instructions, you have no role models,--you just kind of give it a go. That's really the crux of experimenting."
BONUS: This post is eye-opening belief-busting one to ponder: "Can You 'Get Right' by $100."