How the One Thing You Don't Want Can Launch Your Freelance Career
About seven years ago, I read the now famous “Can you write a letter like this one?” promotion from AWAI. I was instantly hooked.
Like many AWAI members, I had a job at the time. In fact, I still have that job today. I work at a university as a fundraiser. It’s interesting work and often fulfilling. I admit, many people wonder why I would even want to leave a job like this in the first place.
However, if you’re an AWAI member, you probably know the answer. Like you, I wanted more. I wanted the money, the challenge, and the freedom made possible by the writer’s life.
So, I took the plunge. I studied AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. I joined Circle of Success as one of the original members. And the more I did, the more I knew. I loved to write, and the writer’s life was definitely for me!
Yet, in those early days, I resented my job. I envied others who soared to become successful freelancers while I continued to trudge to and from work every day. My job became an explanation – an excuse – for why I wasn’t able to launch my own full-time business. “After all,” I told myself, “How can I possibly learn a new skill and establish a business while working full-time and caring for a family?”
Then, I had an epiphany. Well, actually three epiphanies. Not surprisingly, this happened at an AWAI live event (where ideas seem to rain from the sky for me!). I realized that …
- No matter what the task, I always seemed to have the time I needed to get it done.
- My job was actually helping me build my business.
- It was perfectly OK to reach my version of the writer’s life, on my timetable.
These may seem like pretty basic revelations, but this was a turnaround point for me. Once I changed my attitude about work and time, and let go of the expectations I had placed on myself, everything started to flow.
I can’t say it has always been easy. Yet my job has allowed me to take advantage of opportunities that have helped me build my freelance business. And some of these opportunities were completely unexpected.
So, if you’re working in a job, whether at a Fortune 500 company or at home raising your kids, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I trying to meet someone else’s expectations on my path to the writer’s life?
- Do I need to change the way I look at my job?
- How can I leverage my job to reach my goals?
If you’re like me, you’ll find your answers to be revealing. Feel free to share them here. And keep in mind, your answers will open new pathways to reaching your freelance business dreams, on your terms.
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