The Key to Staying Focused on Success in the Freelancing World

I’m not the only Bob Bly groupie here at Bootcamp, and with good reason.

Bob has spent 35 years “in the trenches” as a working, well-paid, freelance copywriter.

And yesterday he gave a presentation on how to have a great writing career for life.

Because that’s our goal here, right?

Freelance writing isn’t something you just dabble in with the hopes that it’ll turn out to be something big for you.

If you really want the riches that come with life as a paid writer – and I’m talking about time and freedom, not just money – then you’ve got to dig in your heels and focus.

Not in a bad way, of course. Not in a punishing way. Remember – the best way to find success in this lifestyle is to pursue what’s enjoyable to you and to go after it with a vengeance.

That’s why Bob’s presentation really hit home. He really emphasized the importance of consistency and knowing what you like. Face it – you could be the best writer in the world, but if you only sit down at the keyboard on occasion, when you feel like it, you’ll never accelerate your career.

And, even if your career does accelerate, don’t do it at the cost of something you don’t want to do.

For example, Bob Bly shared that he hates to travel. So, he declines plenty of speaking invitations. He gets those speaking invitations because he’s consistently worked to promote his freelance writing business for three decades now. But he declines them because he’s happy hanging out at home with his family.

That’s his idea of freedom. And he’s mindful about the way he does things, focusing each day on the project at hand.

There are still loads more presentations with riveting speakers slated to share. If you’re not here in Delray Beach this week, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by getting the AWAI Bootcamp Home-Study Program and listening to each of them share valuable secrets about getting the most out of life.

But as you push forward in your writing career, armed with all these hard-won secrets for success in the freelancing world, be sure you keep an eye out for Number One (you, of course).

Keep one eye focused on the trajectory of your writing career and how you’d like to position and promote yourself, career-wise.

Keep your other eye focused on each project that comes your way, putting your best effort into the task at hand so you enjoy it, are proud of it, learn from it, and use it to support your own concept of freedom.

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Published: October 17, 2014

2 Responses to “The Key to Staying Focused on Success in the Freelancing World”

  1. I am interested in writing A political column on a weekly or even daily basis. It is my belief that my writings will attract and produce a buying clientele that will be benefical to the organization willing to employ me on that basis.

    Guest (Richard E Hughes)October 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  2. For years friends have told me," You need to write a book." One friend told me," You need to write a Blog." I was like,"OK,what's a Blog?" Ive only been on Facebook for maybe three years. Till 2yrs ago I was working on average 60-65hrs every WK,did that for over 7yrs. Some alcoholics go to meetings I worked. It worked that's all I know and am grateful for. Hey can I continue this on another comment post? I want/need to get this going IM TRYING TO LIVE ON $735.00 A MONTH I CANT DO IT ANYMORE!"

    Guest (Elizabeth Barnett)January 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm


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