Learning From the Best

Brian E. Whitaker here, wrapping up a week of The Writer’s Life.

It’s been a fun time for me. Having been a freelancer for a few months, I’ve spent the week reflecting on things I did well, things I failed to do, and opportunities I need to seize.

It’s also made me realize how much we’re changed by the formative times in our lives.

The teenage years, college, first jobs, having children – all of these are times for personal growth. In each case, we’re in a new situation where we choose to change in response to pressures, expectations, and opportunities.

I’m looking forward to seeing my daughter go through that shortly. Though in the grand scheme of things, kindergarten is just one experience out of many, from her perspective, it’s a huge opportunity that she knows will change her and make her better.

And there’s one part of that opportunity she needs to embrace. Learning from the best.

We picked a specific public charter school because it attracts award-winning teachers from all over the country. I’ve met some of them, and they’re committed to excellence. They want students to succeed. The school intentionally works to ensure innovative and service-oriented learning that goes beyond “teaching to the test.”

And learning from the best is an opportunity you have to seize as well.

That’s not easy when you’re a freelancer. You’re naturally going to be somewhat isolated. Finding a teacher in your community who knows how to write direct-response letters, B2B websites, travel articles, or autoresponders might be a challenge.

And there are dozens of other skills you’ll need to get your business off the ground. You’ll have to learn how to prospect for clients, manage your website, create a newsletter, track your expenses. You can use trial and error.

Or you can learn from a community of the best. That’s what AWAI is.

Yes, AWAI is a business. But it’s a business devoted to your success.

They honestly can’t count the many freelancers who’ve found success with their programs. I’m one of them. AWAI has helped me transform my life so that I have the balance and the opportunity I’ve always wanted.

Every day, there are hundreds of freelancers working through AWAI programs, attending AWAI events, and being mentored by successful professionals who are a part of AWAI.

Being an AWAI member has been a life-changing experience for me. Do you want to change your life?

If you do, you need to commit to change. From personal experience, I know that can be the hardest thing. But it’s essential.

AWAI offers opportunities to commit to change. But for me, the most valuable has been making a public commitment to my freelance career. In online forums, on calls, and at events, AWAI members publicly commit to change in front of their peers. It’s a powerful experience that you can share whenever you choose.

Ready for a formative experience? Will you become part of this community? Will you commit to learning from the best? Let me know in the comments – I hope you will.

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Published: August 10, 2012

2 Responses to “Learning From the Best”

  1. Brian, thanks for your comments. I have taken advantage of my writing experience as an attorney as well as what I've learned through AWAI to create my own blog on clear writing as well as my own web site. My eBook on clear writing and my Civil War article are featured on the web site.

    arnie regardie

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