When I take advice from someone, I try to take it from someone that has been there and done that. When I give advice, I only do so when asked, and if I’ve excelled in that topic. So for example, I wouldn’t give marriage advice because I’m not married. Duh!
So what does this have to do with Steve Jobs and freelancers? Well, when a super-successful dude speaks, I listen. So should you smartypants.
Have you heard about the Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford University? It was 15 minutes long in June of 2005.
The video is posted below…
What can all aspiring, current, and successful freelancers take away from this?
Follow your curiosity.
If you’re curious about something or interested or passionate to a fault, look into it!
Stop being a coward. Times have changed. You can do anything that you want these days. I’m not a fan of hyperbole and cheerleading. I’m as realistic and skeptical as they come and let me tell you that this really is the best time to get anything done.
Look around you, in every sport or walk of life, there’s someone that made it that just shouldn’t have.
If you follow pro wrestling or MMA, you can turn on your television and you’ll occasionally see a guy who’s too fat, too small, or just not good enough that made it. At every profession there’s someone like this.
This person didn’t do anything all that special. They just followed their curiosity.
There are no limits as a freelancer. There are freelancers that get paid to plan birthday parties and pick up girls. You can attempt to do anything. You’ll be surprised by the things that you’ll get paid to do.
Don’t lose faith when life isn’t going your way.
It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself when life doesn’t go your way. I recently experienced what it feels like to lose all of your freelancing clients. This doesn’t mean that you should quit freelancing and hate yourself for trying. Failing gives you permission to try again.
How do you get out of a freelancing rut?
- Switch what you’re offering. It might be time to offer something new. There’s no law that dictates that you have to only perform freelance work in one service. It’s far from that. You can do anything that you want.
- Find a new market. Maybe you’re just offering your services to the wrong market. This market either doesn’t see the need for your service or they might not even have the money for it.
- Move on. Sometimes you just have to move on. There’s no sense in staying on the Titanic when it’s clearly sinking.
Settling is pathetic. It’s only going to lead to a miserable life.
How many times do we see a friend settle in a relationship?
Most aspiring freelancers settle by not launching!
They read blogs like this one, talk about it, read some more articles, and then never do anything. It’s sad to see. I don’t want to see you settle in a job that you hate or any crap situation for that matter.
You’ll be dead soon.
Ouch. This is a scary reality. I always think about this for some reason. I always worry about death. I’m not sure why.
Whenever I’m afraid of something, I remind myself that one day this will all be over. I don’t want to regret the things that I didn’t do.
Some scary moments that I confronted in the last year include:
- Pitching myself more.
- Running a 10k.
- Being more open.
- Sharing my work with the world.
Since you’re going to die soon, what will you confront?
The Grim Reaper does NOT discriminate.
Stay hungry. Go after it. You can always do better. Never settle.
You get the point by now.
Let’s end off with my favorite part:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”