The other day I was talking to my brother about work, writing, jobs, etc. He’s a successful executive and travels extensively. There are times when he’s out of town more days in a month than at home. For his troubles, he’s paid handsomely.
Being more of a free spirit I enjoyed earning money according to my own rules. Unfortunately, I had to curtail that free spirit if we wanted to make our monthly mortgage payments and feed the kids (bummer).
Good Fortune (When One Door Closes Another Opens)
When my job relocated 800 miles south of my home, I was fortunate enough to collect severance and unemployment. That was my opportunity to allow my free spirit out again. Although, after being caged for so many years, it didn’t quite know how to be free.
Since I was a technical writer and business writer, I knew I could earn money writing. I took on any writing assignment I could find. In essence, I traded my 9-5 job, obligations and deadlines for a freelance writing job, obligation and deadlines. Knowing that if I didn’t get writing assignments, I wouldn’t get money, I took on anything I could find. Back into the closet went my free spirit and out came the obligatory work persona.
Luckily, early on in my freelance writing career, I stumbled onto the importance of online residual income. I wrote about whatever I enjoyed writing about and earned a modest amount of money from it. I realized that as the residual income grew, the feeling of having a freelance writing ‘job’ would diminish and eventually I could spend my time writing on subjects that I had a passion about. I wouldn’t be forced to write on boring topics just to earn a paycheck. I would be able to ditch the deadlines, obligations and job mentality and experience true writing freedom.
Getting Closer to the Goal
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:..” Every fiber of my being wanted the freedom to write what I want, when I want and wherever I want. If cut, rather than blood, the mantra “write what I want, when I want on whatever I want” would ooze from my veins. I didn’t consciously think it, I felt it. It was in my heart and soul.
I realize that over the past couple of years my freelance writing assignments have evolved to this: I am contractually obligated to write one article a week for Suite 101. Everything else I write is at my own leisure on topics that I enjoy and I can write them whenever I want to.
Why This Post?
Think it, feel it, believe it and work at it. You can achieve it. The “it” is whatever you want it to be. Just keep at it!