The Freelance Issue No. 6 // Start before you are ready
I am sure you can relate to never feeling ready to begin something new. We tend to stay in our bubble called 'The Comfort Zone' and most of the time we don't feel ready to start new things. Even if we have a deep desire in our heart to start this special project that has been on our mind for a very long time...but just not yet. Can you relate? I am sure you can...
It is not just about the big things like starting to freelance or finally looking for a better job if the one you are currently working in is just awful - no, it is also about the little things like starting a new hobby or habit where we tend to procrastinate just because we don't feel ready yet. Truth to be told, you will never feel ready unless you finally start and begin your new journey.
Did I feel ready for my freelance journey whenever I quit my 9 to 5 job? Of course not, I had no idea what I am doing for being honest but I guess that pretty much goes out for the majority of people once entering a new professional territory. And that's okay. While starting out, you learn how to handle things on your new journey. I think it is much worse to never start at all versus starting out and seeing how things go because once you are on this journey you can always change directions in case something is not working out.
I am not a parent but I doubt parents have a clue what to expect before having their first child. Same here, while being parents they learn about parenting. So why not transfer this to other things in life. Once you are on that ship, you learn and you always have the possibility to change directions. How great is that for being honest?!
Let's look at another example here; If your goal is to be a writer, call yourself a writer and then start to write as much as possible, start a blog and share your work with people on social media. When meeting new people introduce yourself as a writer to them. And you know what is going to happen? You become a writer through your words and actions! Isn't that great? Try it, you will see, it is going to work out.
For all the fellow design lovers of you, as you can see the graphic that I created for this blog post is heavily influenced by The Collage Series. Truth is, I loved creating all those collages and decided to incorporate that style into further blog posts.