T10 – Self-Empowerment skills


Self-empowerment is the process of taking responsibility for your own actions and decisions. It encompasses developing a strong sense of self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem, which ultimately enables you to pursue your goals and aspirations with determination.

It involves recognising your own strengths and weaknesses, identifying personal values and beliefs, and setting achievable goals that align with your vision of success. 

Through self-empowerment, you can overcome limiting beliefs and self-doubt, and cultivate a positive mindset that supports your personal and professional growth. It can lead to fulfillment and a sense of purpose, as you make informed decisions, gain control of situations and pursue your passions and aspirations with confidence and eagerness.

Self-empowerment competence requires developing skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, and communication, which can help you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.

This module focuses on emphasising the importance of developing self-empowering skills as a professional in the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS). By being involved in the process of developing the mindset and habits that allow you to take control of your artistic pursuits and achieve your goals, you are simultaneously cultivating a sense of confidence, motivation, and resilience that allows you to overcome challenges, stay focused, and create meaningful work. 

As a result, you are having greater control of your professional life.  

More specifically, you will learn:

  • What are self-empowerment skills?
  • How can you set reasonable goals and live a self-empowered artist life?

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To learn more


  • “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

This book provides a 12-week program for artists to unleash their creativity and overcome creative blocks. It includes exercises and tools for self-reflection, goal setting, and self-care.

  • “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

In this book, the author shares her insights on creativity and how to overcome fear and self-doubt. It includes practical tips for cultivating a creative mindset and developing a daily creative practice.

  • “Art & Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland

This book explores the challenges and fears that artists face and provides guidance on how to overcome them. It includes practical advice on how to deal with criticism, rejection, and self-doubt.


  • “The Savvy Painter” podcast

Hosted by artist Antrese Wood, this podcast features interviews with successful artists who share their insights on how to build a successful art career. It covers topics such as marketing, self-promotion, and goal-setting.

Hosted by Andy J. Miller, an illustrator and creative coach, this podcast provides advice and inspiration for artists and creatives. It covers topics such as overcoming creative blocks, finding your unique style, and building a sustainable creative career.

TED Talks

  • “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown

Youtube link : https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability/c

  • “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert, 

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA 

  • “Embrace the Shake” by Phil Hansen

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZTho_o_is 

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