08 Jan Freelancers: Don’t let others tell you what to do!
I have a confession to make. I am very susceptible to others’ opinions of me and what they think that I must do. I don’t think that any freelancer – newbie or experienced – hasn’t falled into this trap. Unfortunately, more often than not I tend to take their opinions on board and believe that I absolutely have to do what they tell me to do – eventhough I don’t actually want to do it myself in the fist place.
As freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, we are responsible for building our own businesses. The process is difficult and requires a lot of slog. We – the freelancer and not the person giving the advice – are going to be required to put in a lot of effort and will have to sacrifice much to achieve our goals. So, if we are trying to carry out someone else’s wishes in developing our business what are the chances of us actually wanting to put in the hours that are necessary to get the business to succeed if we don’t have the passion and drive to do so?
Develop a thinking space
Nancy Klein – whose writings I discovered during the Partner for Possibility programme – says that we are not being taught how to think. We adopt someone else’s opinions and regard them as our own. We do this because it is just easier. But it’s not sustainable. We might out in the effort for a day, week or month but once we lose the willpower to make this happen we lose the impetus to give our all to our business.
So when you embark on your journey in life – be you entrepreneur, freelancer or employee – follow the path that excites you. Don’t follow it just because someone else has told you that this journey will be a good fit for you. And if you don’t know what to do? And if you don’t know where you are supposed to go? My advice is that you take some time and sit down and really think what is in your heart and where it is telling you that you should do.