This is so important in so many ways, but each of the speakers at the conference emphasized this in their own way. You cannot be successful trying to be someone else; look within yourself to find what you are best at and success is sure to follow. Each of us is on their own journey and comparing yours to someone else's will only slow you down!! Sometimes I feel like it's hard to be noticed with so many talented teachers creating resources. But every single time I make a sale, I get excited because that is a teacher that finds my resource helpful, that is a teacher and a classroom that I am helping. I can't compare that feeling with anything else!!
The TpT community is THE most supportive community that I've ever been a part of. Everyone celebrates each other's successes and is there to offer help when needed. But, to be able to teach, TpT, be a mom, a dad, a wife, a husband, a friend, a daughter, a son...you need support! Don't spread yourself too thin. Let the people around you know when you need help; ask for a babysitter, get your house cleaned, order out...we can all support each other, but you need support close to home too. I would not be able to TpT if it were not for my husband's support. He sees my passion for creating resources and how it allows me to be creative and connect with other like-minded teachers, and he helps me at home in so many ways! Reach out & find your support and ask for help when you need it!
Don't get distracted when it is your "work time." Remember all those hats you're wearing that I mentioned in #2? When you finally have time to work, shut off your phone and get focused! You've figured out what you're best at, you have the support to help you get after it, now it's your time, don't waste it!