When you think about success, what do you visualize?
Do you see yourself working fewer hours in a day? Traveling more? Receiving praise from your peers? Living financially secure and worry-free?
Everyone’s vision of success is different, and it’s important to define your own.
But there’s something else you should also think about, visualize, and define… and that’s the road between here and there… the price of success.
It’s fun to think about the results. The scheduling freedom… the financial independence… the greater opportunities available to you.
But you also need to think about what you’re willing to endure to get those results.
I’m currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*@$ by Mark Manson, and he makes the point that often the reason people don’t achieve the success they dream of (or say they dream of) is because they don’t really want to walk that path that will get them there.
That path is almost never easy. Sometimes it will be uncomfortable. Sometimes it might be downright scary… even painful.
And that’s okay. That’s usually the price of success. To build a successful freelance writing business, you might have to spend a few years working extra hours… you’ll have to adjust to an income that fluctuates month to month… you might choose to forgo vacations and even sick days for a time… you’ll experience rejection, criticism, and sometimes outright failure.
All of that difficult stuff will help build you into a freelance writer who is living their dream. That person other freelancers look to and think, “I’m going get there someday… just like they did.”
The question right now is, can you see it? Can you see the late nights… the difficult clients… the feast-or-famine cycles… the months you have to scrimp a little (or a lot)? Can you see the price of success?
Now, can you fall in love with that path, knowing that the success at the end will be more meaningful because of what you put in to get there?
If you can, that’s a huge step toward success. It means, when things get hard — and they almost certainly will — you’ll stick to your path. You’ll gladly pay the price of success. And that’s really what it takes. It isn’t all it takes, but it’s key.
New on the Site
What’s the best way to find out what your audience is thinking? Well… ask them questions, of course. But if you aren’t sure how to go about doing that, in his latest Reality Blog, Andrew Murray shares a shortcut you can use. Check it out.
When it comes to writing engaging copy that search engines will love and rank, it helps if you can really get into the mind of your reader. In this post from Susan Fox, you’ll discover questions to ask, keyword research strategies to use, and more that will help you write engaging, empathetic posts that truly help your readers — and get you ranked on Google.
It happens to every writer eventually. Sooner or later, you sit down to work on a project and you realize you’re stuck. You aren’t sure how to move forward, what words to write next… it’s a maddening feeling. In his latest post, John Torre shares his favorite ways to get the creative juices moving again.
Mark Your Calendar
January 23: Discover the most important word in the vocabulary of an SEO writer, and see how you can use this single concept to write better optimized, more targeted copy for yourself and for your clients. Russ Henneberry — a top SEO copywriting expert — joins us for a live webinar event you won’t want to miss.
January 27: Andrew Murray — Wealthy Web Writer’s Reality Blogger — is joining me for a live video interview. We’ll talk about his successes and setbacks during the past year… and most importantly, his biggest takeaways. Plus, we’ll look at what he has planned in 2020. Join us for a fun, inspiring, and educational conversation.
January 29: Being a solid copywriter can make you a better creative writer. And the reverse is true, too. The more creative writing you do, the stronger you can make your copy. Join me for a live webinar where I share writing tips from classic and modern novelists that you can use to grow your web-writing business.
January 31: Have you checked out the Live Blog Challenge? This is your chance to get to attend Bootcamp from the position of an insider… and it’s just a whole heck of a lot of fun. The Challenge deadline is the 31st. Don’t miss out on this!
Around the Web
When faced with a hard decision, one that you know could grow your business but feels kind of scary, Ed Gandia has some advice for how to approach it.
On Copyblogger you’ll find five tried-and-true time management tips for freelancers. Ignore them at your peril.
Never be boring! That’s the cardinal rule of content, and here you’ll find four ideas to upgrade mundane content into something that’s fun to read.
Looking to build some healthy new habits this year? Use these seven suggestions to make it happen!
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!