Social Media Marketers have been freelancing for a very long time and discussing the impact and influence of social media for just as long. Thanks to the economic collapse, more and more people are turning to freelancing as a way of life, and what they’re discovering is shocking and disturbing for them. Even as those in power are pitching freelancing and the so-called ‘sharing economy’ as the new economic order and a symbol of freedom, flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness, what it looks like from the ground is a constant hustle and a struggle to stay alive.
What I have learned in my career is that when some people get it right, it's best to allow their formula, vision or process to play itself out. I have also learned that there are those in business who will do anything to hold on to past glory, past fame or accolades just because they don't know how to move forward.
In reviewing the thousands of articles as I do daily, I came across one that I thought really spoke to me and those out there like me who are simply trying to do their thing. None of them said hustling would be easy but does it have to be this hard?
This article by Anthony Iannarino puts it in clear perspective:
Because you are a hustler, a lot of people are going to come to you for help with their projects. They will offer you all sorts of compensation for your involvement, from paying you directly to giving you an ownership stake in their project.
You will be flattered by these offers. You will be excited by some of them too. Your excitement over these offers stems from the fact that you know how to help these people with their projects, and because you know that you have the ability to create value. In many cases, you will know exactly how to help the person asking you succeed in their venture.
But in something very close to 100% of the cases, you shouldn’t get involved in other people’s projects.
Here is what you need to know:
You are kinder by saying “no” to the people who ask for your help with their projects than you are by saying “yes” and not giving their projects the time and attention that someone else could invest.
Stay focused on your hustle.
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