This world is full of amazingly talented people with no jobs.
It’s a reality faced by thousands upon thousands of talented people across the globe and what is the reason? Why is this happening? Well my conclusion is that it’s not about talent but the overall value package of the product/service being offered.
Earlier this year, I put out one ad on Craigslist looking for an art director for Lucky Lady Games. Expecting maybe a dozen or so resumes, I received over 100 resumes within a 2 week span. I was overwhelmed/flattered with the response while at the same realized that if Lucky Lady Games ever goes belly-up, and I need to go grind a design contract for some extra dough, I’m in for some real competition.
After a few interviews and intensive testing, I realized many of these artists were indeed talented but were missing that certain X-factor to close the deal. It also made me ponder why I had been so successful as a free-lance designer – even among a pool of hundreds of graphic artists who were without a doubt better artists. I’m not the best at drawing, my attention to detail is mediocre at best, I’m good but not expert at any graphic software, I failed color class in art school… and on and on. Instead of telling you my weaknesses, let me tell you about why I will always be successful and it has nothing to do with talent. Yes, I have the magic formula or what I am going to refer to as the ‘X-Factor’ to being a successful free-lancer, and I am going to share it with you.
(Note: I understand that everyone’s idea of success is different. When I talk about being a successful free-lancer, the standard I keep for myself is having enough to pay your all your living/business/tax bills every year with 50%+ left over for savings. Eg. Your cost of living is $5000/month so you should pull in at least $10,000/month)
There you have it, the secret to free-lancing success! Now the only thing you need to do is just DO IT! Nothing comes without great sacrifice.
The People You Need in your Corner
Here’s an elboration and a tribute to something great I read this summer on Forbes.com. ‘The 6 People You Need in Your Corner’. I suggest everyone read this article.
I am a firm believer that nothing in this world that is amazing is ever accomplished alone. You need to be able to help others in your path just as much as you shouldn’t be afraid to accept the help of others.
The Forbes article states 6 people and a quick summary of them are:
1) Instigator: Someone who pushes and inspires you. This person makes you think.
2) The Cheerleader: This is your biggest fan and motivates you to keep going because you dont want to let them down because they believe in you so much.
3) The Doubter: This person is your devil’s advocate and voice of reason. They might make you see an angle you never even thought of.
4) The Taskmaster: This is that micro-manager that keeps you on target and that momentum continues.
5) The Connector: This person holds the vision and sees the bigger picture. They are social, they know everyone and can get in anywhere.
6) The Example: Your mentor and the guidance of what you need to do to stay on track to get to where you want to be.
Until next time, keep moving forward!
Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. – Stephen King
– Zig Ziglar
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