Overcoming Roadblocks on Your Journey to Success


Will Newman

Of all the many benefits copywriting has brought to my life, the biggest is this: I have the freedom and free time to work with young people in my community.

I don’t do it to rack up good behavior points for the hereafter. I do it because I love it. It makes me feel whole.

I tutor kids struggling in math, science, and English. But regardless of the subject we’re working on, almost every kid I work with has one huge handicap.

Why’s this important to you? Because I’ve seen this same handicap in one form or another in many beginning freelance writers … and some not so new ones.

All too often when working on something new with one of my young friends, they’ll say, “I can’t do it!”

It’s not laziness. It’s fear … fear based in a deeply held belief that they really are not capable of doing whatever it is. This fear goes beyond fear of failure.

This fear is rooted in not believing in themselves.

How about you? Do you truly believe in yourself?

If you’re just starting in your new freelance career, do you believe you can succeed? If you’ve been working at it for a while, do you see yourself as moving steadily ahead, achieving your goals … even if a bit slower than you’d originally thought?

And, if you’re still deciding on making the leap into your new career, do you know deep down inside that you can do it?

Or—like my young friends—are self-doubts holding you back from accomplishing what you want and need in your life?

Here’s a truth about making any major change in your life: Self-doubt is normal.

What you do with those doubts … that’s what makes all the difference. Today and all this week, we’re going to talk about how to turn those doubts around.

All success is a journey …

Your pursuit of success is much like a journey … along a road you’ve never traveled before. That could sound scary. But it won’t be if you carry four crucial necessities along the way.

If you want to succeed as a freelancer … or in any worthwhile endeavor … you must have …

  1. A detailed road map
  2. A “failure-proof” strategy for success
  3. A beacon to light your path
  4. Belief

These words may not mean much right now. But over the next four days, you’re going to learn exactly what they mean … and how to use them in your journey toward success.

For today, I have a short exercise for you. Imagine yourself five years from right now. Write down a few words describing your vision of your professional life then. I’d love to have you leave any questions or thoughts on today’s article in the comments section.

I’ve really enjoyed chatting with you today … and hope to see you again tomorrow when we look at an effective strategy for designing a road map to success.

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Published: October 27, 2014

10 Responses to “Overcoming Roadblocks on Your Journey to Success”

  1. Thank you so much for these encouraging words! I launched my freelance business almost 6 months ago, and things are going well. But I find that the work I'm getting isn't exactly in line with what I really want to be doing or where I'd like to see my business going. I'm not in a position to turn down work, but I also don't want to head down a path that won't lead to where I want to be. Any advice for striking a good balance?

    Jackie TOctober 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  2. Will, for me your article is very timely. Without the gory details, I've experienced more disappointments in life than anyone I know (even close friends say so). I've been reflecting lately as I move toward launching a freelance business, wondering if I can do it.

    Recently I realized my greatest accomplishments (years ago) came when I was "in over my head" but fought through to victory. That's exactly what I intend to do now.

    Thanks for your words of wisdom.

    Bill KirkOctober 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  3. The writer in me leapt forward five years, answering questions about my journey to writing success. The outcome of this short exercise: I kicked the “demons of doubt” to the curb. Thank you for your today’s post. I look forward to the rest!

    Sharyn IOctober 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

  4. Thank you, Will, for this self-confidence series.

    In five years, I plan to be a sought after B2B copywriter specializing in the Medical Devices industry.

    I have some clue how I may get there, but there are many unknowns and unanswered questions. It will be a challenge but that is what makes it interesting for me.

    I have my share of self-doubt, but I am working on converting it into self-confidence. Your series this week is timely.

    Guest (Venkat Raman)October 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  5. Thank you Will. Inspiring and timely. My struggles are many, but I've overcome most. I agree "Success is a Journey". Sometimes a valley of disappointments. A road map. Yes, and there is definitely a "beacon of light" when making attempts to do anything positive. And I faith and "believe". But is there really a "failure proof" plan. ? I would think you would have to fail forward first to become successful. How else would you know what not to repeat?

    Guest (BB)October 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm


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