THE BEST TIP I WAS EVER GIVEN: HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL
I know what you're thinking. 'Yeah right this chick has the one tip on how to be successful!'
Well, don't poo-poo me just yet (I'm so down with the mum lingo now). Cos yeah, yeah I do. And I challenge you to live by this tip for a month and then tell me your life hasn't drastically improved.
A couple of months ago I wrote a post on leaving full time work and following my dreams of being, well, I don't really know what yet. But I knew I wasn't going to work in out in an office.
Things went pretty well at first, I landed a major client that would bring me in 95% of my required income and I already had the last little bit worked out with another freelance client. Plus the 95% job was in interiors, which was awesome. I was on top of the world. I'd made the right decision and the universe was backing me! YES!
And then out of nowhere, after two weeks I lost the main client.
This is a bit of what went through my mind.
Just a bit.
After being let go from my job and then losing a major client within weeks of each other, to say my confidence was knocked was an understatement. Just 6 months ago I was on top of the world. I was totally Kanye-ing myself every day (in only the best way possible). I thought I was invincible. And now this. What on earth was I doing wrong?!
So I did what every pussy would do. I panicked and I started looking for full time jobs again. I blamed everyone else. I told myself it was too hard to work on my own and be freelance.
Around the same time I had started reading a book called #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, which is an fashion e-commerce site valued at over $100 million dollars, last time I checked. This book just kind of turned up right when I needed it most (thanks universe, you're my dawg). Amongst other teachings about hard work, being an introvert in the business world and how to steal from major retailers without being caught (really), there was a line or paragraph in there somewhere that most people might overlook.
It was something along the lines of this. At least I think it was... either way the book gave me a message that I interpreted as this...
Never compare yourself to the work rate or accomplishments of others. Push yourself to outdo your own work every time.
Ok, it doesn't sound very profound does it? BUT IT IS.
Have you ever heard that little voice inside your head that says 'you shouldn't be slacking off here. But I've already met their expectations, so it's fine.'
Or 'I could work harder on this, but so-and-so isn't, so what's the point? I'm not a mug.'
Or 'Why am I working my ass off for this, they're not even paying me that much.'
Yep. All thoughts I am shameful to admit I have had. My work ethic is pretty good generally, but lately I felt like I'd been letting MYSELF down. Because I was letting external factors affect the work that I did. And that meant I was producing work that was sub standard.
That's why I was fired, and that's why I lost my client. Ok, I'm not saying there weren't other things involved in both of those situations happening, and I wasn't entirely at fault, but who should I hold responsible for my failures?
Oh yeah. ME!
So this is what I'm saying on how to be successful.
Hold yourself to your own work ethics.
Be responsible for your own failures.
Work harder than you did last time, do the best work you can do and do work that you're fucking proud of.
Now do that for a month, really, really do it and then tell me the outcome. It's not as easy as it sounds. To really do this in every effort, every piece of work is hard. I've been doing it for the past couple of weeks and I'm already seeing results. Real results.
The simplest stuff is always what works. And if you're reading this thinking 'oh my god, is that her advice? I've been doing that for like, ever', then great for you, but piss off.
For anyone left, just trust me. It works.