Eliminate the "What-Ifs"
Steve Roller here, your guest editor of The Writer's Life this week.
When I jumped into the writer's life three years ago, I desperately wanted three things: time freedom, a portable business, and a high income.
I'm happy to report that I've gotten two out of three so far. I'm still working on the third (my definition of high income is pretty high).
I've also discovered some side benefits of working as a freelancer that we don't often talk about.
This week, I want to whet your appetite for the writer's life even more by divulging some of those deeper "hidden" benefits. I'm going to bare my soul a bit and show you that the writer's life is not only real, but it's also probably under-promised here at AWAI (a good technique in selling, as you know).
Stay tuned all week, and you'll also get some practical advice on taking your writing business to the next level, wherever you are now.
But first, let me give you the quick back story …
For many years before I became a writer, I had a nagging suspicion that something was missing from my life. I felt like I wasn't fully using all my talents. It seemed like if I could just find the right career fit, I would bust out of the land of mediocrity.
Can you relate?
Don't get me wrong. I considered myself successful. I had a challenging and rewarding sales job, regular vacations, decent income that went up each year, and managers who helped me grow.
I could have easily stayed in that position, done the same thing year after year, and been very comfortable.
Yet even when I was earning decent commission checks and incentive trips, the "what-ifs" always crept in …
What if I didn't have to be stuck in this rigid schedule?
What if I didn't have to wait 15 or 20 years to pursue my dream of traveling?
What if I could use my creative talents to not only make a lot of money, but to also do good in the world and make a difference?
What if I didn't have to answer to a manager or corporate agenda?
What if I could pursue projects that fed my spirit (along with my bank account, of course)?
What if I could live life on my terms?
I first bought the Accelerated Program in 2004 and went through it diligently, but never had time outside of my job to go after clients.
It wasn't until four years later that my "what-ifs" finally outweighed my content with the status quo. While listening to Gary Hennerberg speak at Bootcamp in 2008, I made up my mind to pursue the writer's life with gusto and get rid of those lingering questions for good. Five months later, I left my job and never looked back.
What about you?
Do you have some "what-ifs" that are bubbling to the surface? Have you read about the promises of the writer's life – the freedom to what do what you want with your day, the ability to live where and how you want, the potential to make a lot of money doing something you love – but haven't quite reeled them in yet?
I'd love to hear from you.
What is the main benefit that you're seeking from the writer's life? Have you claimed it yet or are you still in pursuit? Or tell me about one of your strongest "what-ifs." Is it motivating you to succeed as a writer?
Is there anything I can do to help your progress? Leave me a note in the comment section below and I'll be sure to respond.
Follow along with my series this week, and I'll show you how you can succeed as a freelancer no matter what the economy is doing. We'll take a look at how you can create positive change in the world and why hanging around other writers can enrich your life.
I'll also explain how you can make this shift and bury your "what-ifs" once and for all. The first couple of steps are outlined in my article "Thrive in the Brand-New World."
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