Do you love a challenge?
What if we call it a dare instead? You in?
Oh, you want to know what it is first. OK. In a nutshell:
I dare you to succeed as a freelance blogger.
Now let me ask you again: are you in?
If you are, I’ve got the one piece of information that will make a HUGE difference to your success as a freelance blogger. And I’m going to share it with you right here and now, so keep reading.
[If you have absolutely no interest in being a freelance blogger, feel free to leave.]
Excellent. Now that they’re gone, it’s just you and me, so let’s be honest with each other. Can we do that?
Get your business head on, and brace yourself: I’m going to be blunt. Because if I don’t tell you this, I’m not sure that anybody else will have the guts to say it to your face…
You could try harder. I thought your freelance blogging career meant a lot to you, but you don’t act like it.
I hope you understand why I’m telling you like this…
It’s because I truly, deeply give a crap about you, and I don’t want to see you live a life of mediocrity if you could be shining like a frickin’ superstar.
Step up to your expectations — then step past them
You’re better than this.
- You don’t need to take a job for $20 per hour – you can do better.
- You don’t need to work for content mills – you can do better.
- You don’t need to feel desperate when you ask for a gig – you can do better.
- You don’t ever need to worry that the market is flooded with cheap bloggers who will steal work from under your nose – oh, dear gods, you can do so much better.
Why do you think so little of yourself?
Did something terrible happen to make you undervalue your abilities? Or did you somehow absorb these limitations and low expectations bit-by-bit, without noticing how they weighed you down until it had already happened?
A thoughtful author named Richard Bach once wrote, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
So let’s first of all identify those limitations:
What’s the big problem?
What exactly is holding you back from success? Is it a lack of time? Not enough confidence? Don’t know where to start?
Make a list. Right now, even if it’s only in your head. Make a list of the reasons you’re not a wildly successful freelance blogger yet.
Now, listen up. This is the big secret:
Your reasons for underachieving are bullshit. If you had valid reasons, it would just be called “achieving”.
You get enough bullshit in your life already; don’t add to it.
Don’t kid yourself. Don’t argue for your limitations. You’re better than that.
I believe it was Captain Jack Sparrow who said,
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”
Telling yourself that you just don’t have time to really make a go of freelance blogging is like a mother telling herself that her morbidly obese pre-teen is just husky because he doesn’t have time to run around outside.
Deciding that you simply don’t have the confidence to talk to people about your freelance blogging services, or to apply for an advertised gig, is like deciding that you’re too shy to call emergency services when someone’s lying wounded at your feet.
Excusing yourself from freelance blogging because you don’t know where to begin is like excusing yourself from eating cake because you don’t know where to slice it.
Just in case my heavy-handed analogies weren’t clear, that fat kid is your freelance blogging business. That poor wounded soul is your career. That cake is your profits.
And I’m afraid that attitude problem is yours, too.
It’s time for your attitude adjustment
The #1 cause of underachievement is lack of effort.
Whether it’s laziness, fear, or bewilderment, something stops 90% of would-be freelance bloggers from ever pushing hard enough to get off the ground.
Be the other 10%.
Take your list of reasons for being less than a success. Work your way through it one excuse at a time, and remember that the problem you name is not the problem you have.
Now step up to yourself.
Knock every one of those shitty excuses down, kick its fucking teeth out and send it home crying, because it’s never going to bite you again.
You’re not short of time; you’re choosing how to use it.
Give up watching TV, and work on marketing your freelance services instead. Ask someone to watch the kids for you so that you can write. Or double-dip: come up with new ideas for blog posts while you do the laundry.
You don’t lack confidence; you lack risk acceptance.
Listen, none of us are super-confident. We’re all feeble humans with silly fears and doubts. There’s only one cure: step up and do what you need to do, because confidence comes from action. You do something scary, and the universe does not implode, so next time it’s a bit less scary. If you’re so nervous that you can’t face it alone, I’m here to walk you through it.
You don’t need to choose a starting point; you need to start where you are.
You really can’t begin anywhere else. If you don’t know what your first step is, I suggest you start by creating a portfolio of sample posts to demonstrate your blogging skills. If you’ve already got samples, start looking for clients.
Whatever your obstacles are, step up. Step over. Keep on climbing.
Big steps or little steps, it really doesn’t matter as long as they’re steps in the right direction. And the more you do it, the easier it gets.
So come on – step up and be a freelance blogger. Be a success.
I double dare you.
What are you going to do about it?