Yesterday, a writer in my online community for freelancers said you should never listen to success tips that begin with the word "never." That got me thinking. Here's what I thought:
My Never-Say-Never Rules for Freelancers
- Never work for free. Unless it gets you on The Today Show, sells your product or bumps your book into the top 100 on Amazon.
- Never steal an idea another freelancer is pursuing.
- Never stop being enterprising.
- Never stop learning.
- Never take it out on the woman at the airline ticket counter.
- Never expect that buying a new car or a cherry-wood floors will increase your happiness over the long-term.
- Never climb someone else's ladder.
- Never mistake your present state for how things will be in the future.
- Never stay inside your bubble so long you forget what it feels like to take a risk.
- Never let the person who hired you abuse you in any way.
- Never be afraid to ask for what you want and feel you deserve.
- Never expect to have success as a writer without sitting down and writing.
- Never take one negative reaction as the end-all answer about who you are.
- Never start a blog about Honey Boo Boo.
- Never let sources read your draft before it runs.
- Never address an editor as "Dear Sir."
- Never work for mean people.
- Never send money to a stranger who emails you in the middle of the night about being robbed in Nigeria.
- Never underestimate the power of collaboration.
- Never neglect the parts of your life that really matter: love, relationships, health, dignity.
- Never shy away from having coffee with smart, interesting, creative people.
- Never believe you have run out of options, hope, possibilities or good ideas.
- Never say never when it comes to my favorite question about success: "Hey, why NOT me?"
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