I’ve talked a lot about lifestyle businesses lately; this concept of styling a business around a life filled with purpose and adventure. Becoming a freelance writer really can make this into a reality.
I know what the alternative is because for the best part of a decade I lived the nine to five grind while trying in vain to crowbar my love of travel and writing into this existence.
It wasn’t working for me though and I wasn’t happy.
So I focused more on becoming a freelance writer instead.
I started simply by aiming to earn more of an income from freelance writing work than I did in my nine to five job.
Within a few months I had worked up enough to live on. Within six months I had replaced my nine to five salary and within eight months I had surpassed it completely.
How did I do this?
A big part of how I did this was by changing my mind-set; through reading, learning and taking a few risks, I completely changed how I thought about money and challenged my limiting beliefs about how it can be earned – and how much I could earn.
Also, I quit my day job.
And you can do the same.
All that talk about this being irresponsible or unrealistic is simply not true.
I know a few of you will be thinking, ‘I can’t just go and quit my job tomorrow and be a full time freelance writer just like that.’
And to a degree, you’d be right.
Because it’s not easy. There’s stuff you have to think about, talk through, plan for and put in place.
It’s not easy at all – in fact, it’s bloody hard work.
But it’s not mysteriously complicated and it’s certainly not ‘impossible’ or a pipe dream that only ‘other people’ do.
It’s just good old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone hard work. And yes, there may be a few obstacles and issues you need to overcome before you have a breakthrough with it.
But you wouldn’t let that stop you from becoming a freelance writer – from doing what you truly want to do – would you?
I’m guessing that you’re no stranger to a bit of hard work anyway. I’m taking it as a given that you’ve had a few knock backs and problems in your life but that you’ve persevered anyway. I’m guessing you’re getting up each morning and working hard in the day job you’re currently in. I’m thinking that on more occasion than one you’ve not wanted to drag yourself out of bed and get your backside into work.
But you did it anyway (mostly). You did what needed to be done. You persevered.
Well that’s all it takes when becoming a freelance writer full time. In fact, that’s all it takes to become or do anything you want. You simply switch the focus of your relentless efforts onto something you actually like doing. Something that creates meaning and purpose in your life and something that makes you happy and suits (and funds) the lifestyle you want to have.
Something that’s worthwhile in the long run and something that’s all yours.
So what’s the very best way to fail at becoming a freelance writer?
Stop focusing your efforts in that area. This will quickly and easily achieve the effect of giving up on your new life before you’ve even given it a chance to begin.
If you’ve kind of got your heart set on becoming a freelance writer though, instead switch your focus completely on it, learn constantly and work at it always.
It’s also good to remember that you cannot fail too.
You can give up, give in and quit focusing on becoming a freelance writer, but you cannot fail if instead you keep going and work on it every day.
Once again; you cannot fail if you never quit at it. To do so would be ‘impossible.’
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