The 3M’s of your 20s:
1. Mindset 🧠
– Be open to growth, feedback & learning
2. Money 💰
– Start earning & aim to be financially independent
3. Muscles 💪🏻
– Get physically stronger
P.S. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
~ Aldos Huxley
5 Things My Schooling Taught Me:
1. Be accountable.
— Do the tasks given to you. Never blame others for your mistakes. And don’t justify your failures.
2. Be appreciative.
— Applaud others’ grades, talents, victories. You own what you cheer.
3. Be a good student.
— Be curious and stay in learning mode. Always!
4. Develop your competitive edge.
— Take initiative. Active participation in sports and events sets the foundation for future work ethic.
5. Be ever grateful to teachers and non-academic staff.
— They did the best they could under the circumstances.
What have you learnt from your schooling?
P.S. Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is a product of the activity of learners.
~ John Holt
How To Overcome Writer’s Block?
#1. Turn your creativity into a habit
– Set a writing routine: write at fixed hours and in a fixed place everyday.
#2. Note down all your outpouring of ideas on the good days
– Revisit them when you’re out of ideas.
#3. Ditch the beginning
– Write the body of the article. Or the conclusion. Get yourself in the zone.
#4. Read other people’s content
– Rewrite it with your own ideas. (Don’t copy!)
#5. Take a break
– Take a nap. Go for a walk. Cook. Play guitar. Take a shower. Relax.
#6. Don’t label it as “writer’s block”
– “Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?” ~ Philip Pullman
How do you overcome writer’s block?
In September 2018, I asked my dad for his credit card, to pay for an Apple Music subscription.
The cost was $1 (~INR 60) per month.
My dad said,
“Okay, I will pay for 2 months.
From the 3rd month onwards, your writing should pay for it.”
I replied, “3 months. Then I’ll pay.”
At that time,
Earning even $1 per month seemed absolutely impossible.
It felt like such a far-fetched dream,
That I asked for 3 months to actually start earning even $1 per month from my writing.
But that conversation gave me something to work towards: an emotional goal.
And in that month itself, I earned $150 from my writing. For the first time ever!
Sometimes, even the ‘smallest’ of your goals will seem impossible.
But, if you just start working towards them,
Achieving the ‘small’ goal will become easier with time.
P.S. Tip toe if you must, but take a step.
~ Naeem Callaway
7 Ways To Enjoy The Holiday Season As A Freelancer:
1. Share your availability with your clients.
2. Ask your clients about their availability.
3. Give your clients deadlines for “ordering” new work.
For eg. “For any new work, please message me by 15th December, so I may complete the work before I take a break.”
4. Spend 1-2 every single day, including holidays, on work.
This will reduce the stress of resuming work from a standstill after the holidays.
5. Focus on prospecting.
You are losing 2 weeks’ worth of prospecting this month, so focus on it for the first 2-3 weeks of December.
6. Close deals for January, and get paid in advance to book your time.
This will help you keep up with the momentum of your work and income.
7. Protip: You may offer new clients a 5-10% discount for booking you 1 month in advance.
And finally, enjoy your holidays guilt-free!
Wishing everyone an amazing December… work hard and party hard!
P.S. To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
~ Leonard Bernstein