Maintaining motivation and drive to produce your best work everyday when freelancing is hard. I’ve noticed though that the psychology and attitude of a lot of freelancers as of late has been very negative and potentially damaging to the industry. There is one core ideal which judges whether or not you are successful, and that’s real interest and passion in the field.
Many, however, may not truly understand what they are passionate and interested in, so I’ve come up with a simple way of figuring it out. Think about what you do at the moment, in terms of your job. Do you read into your field on a frequent basis and look for the latest news and information on the field related to your job? Do your hobbies revolve around your field? If the answer is yes, then you’re where you need to be. If the answer is no, then it’s possible that you’re probably not suited for the job and won’t take it far enough to become successful.
Society today has adopted a slave-like mentality when it comes to education and work. We feel that a qualification is extremely valuable and shows to the world that we’re knowledge in that field, when in reality it is but a piece of printed paper. Similarly, we feel that our jobs are simply to gain enough money to be able to purchase what we need to survive. Let me tell you, this is an utterly silly concept.
We ‘work’ to contribute something back to society. We ‘work’ to build relationships, infrastructure, economies, to build our world. We don’t work for worthless pieces of paper that apparently represent some kind of value. We ‘work’ in an attempt to make our world a better place to be, to establish understanding and links between us. We ‘work’ to make ourselves more knowledge and progress forward as a race – to develop.
You need to understand this. You need to understand that your job isn’t just a mindless routine you go through everyday of your life, it’s to contribute – and if you don’t feel happy contributing in a particular field, do something you actually enjoy and are enthusiastic about.
If you’re personally in a situation where you’re serious about changing your career and life, then take small steps towards your ideal now. If you’ve always dreamed on running your own freelance business, start the planning process now, and build up funds now whilst you’re in your current job. Remember, your reward for contributing by working isn’t money, it’s happiness and the feeling you get when helping others.
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