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I have copied and pasted it to a Word document to refer to whenever, I need some silliness that has been mixed with some downright good advice. I think I will make a book out of these 50 Tip and get rich! But then that would take time and be a lot of work—maybe not then.

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12 hours ago, vickiespencer said:

I think I will make a book out of these 50 Tip and get rich!

Money is fine, if you’re into material things like food and shelter. But if you play your cards right - you might just write a book that seeks to legitimize this mish-mash, allow it to fade into obscurity, endure some vague level of local mockery, toss away your savings in dive bars, spend a lost year talking to yourself on park benches and ultimately checking out before anyone notices how great it was. 
 

Then, we’ll call you a genius.

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6 hours ago, mrashrafomi said:

Your hard work and honesty will be successful

You may be the hardest working, most intellectually honest fast food employee the world has ever known. That doesn’t make it obvious that success will rain down on you like a divine storm. 
 

Knowing where to emphasize work efforts has an equal value to the quality of work itself. Otherwise, it’s not only foolish to set off working hard, it’s useless. 

Here’s a great example: we estimate that 850,000 fiverr sellers come and go at any given time. I would venture to guess that these statics are incredibly outdated post pandemic, but let’s stay with that. 
 

Of these sellers, most begin their journey by obtaining a large amount of information provided by video platforms. Some seek out blogs, books, tutorials … some go directly to fiverr sellers for guidance, purchase gigs and they even, wait for it… read the forum posts dedicated to learning freelancing the fiverr way. 
 

In that group - some new sellers can even be bothered to take high quality pictures of themselves, devise a bio, prepare example materials and set about their new marketing journey. 
 

All of this is hard work. All of this is honest. None of it guarantees success. 
 

How many real factors make up freelancing success? No one can really say, but there are elements happening that may elude even the most skilled individual.  
Things like communication. Can you convey concepts clearly? And past that, can you sell your vision? Do you understand the difference between qualifying a customer and chatting? Can you convert qualifying into assuming the sale? 
 

Moving beyond that, there’s an endless, mammoth, black hole of marketing. Have you put real elements in place to understand the value of your marketing dollar? Can you read them with absolute clarity? 
 

But lurking far, far behind all of those is the most important question of all … are you skilled enough, in the right sort of way, to work for yourself? 

What is the company “Policy and procedure of Yourself L.L.C?”

Should you even be a freelancer? 
In 99 out of 100 cases, the answer to that question is “no.” And fair enough, because job creation keeps the wheel spinning. But the rise of the home-screen warrior is here. Which inevitably means that folks are accepting jobs before they’ve asked “what do I work on first…” to which, the answer is “skill development.” 
 

The tips in my post are designed to encourage you to be “better.” Not successful.  You can’t talk someone into success. It’s a routine under the guidance of a master, with time under tension designed to grow muscle and it never stops or the muscle depletes. Success aims at its own sense of mastery, finding alterations of similar exercises to maximize  results, until the trainee has new information to train. 
 

In other words, not a single thing I’m saying can (or even should) make someone successful. Obviously there’s only one single, solitary, full proof, never failing, first class, absolute way to gain success: 

Coffee.
So choose it wisely. 
 

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4 hours ago, joshy_lance50 said:

I don't quite understand

A few of these are just silly jokes. A few are freelance/sales inside baseball terms. Regardless of which tips you’re not understanding, I hereby pledge to slap together some introductory philosophy jargon and create the illusion of wisdom. 
 

So have at it. Tell me which tip you don’t understand and I’ll explain. 

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11 hours ago, damooch916 said:

Obviously there’s only one single, solitary, full proof, never failing, first class, absolute way to gain success: 

Coffee.
So choose it wisely. 

Don't drink coffee, I take tea my dear... 🎶

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Since I'm here already, excellent thread and post, 5* for content, delivery, communication, and would read again/recommend. Thank you for being a ray of forum hope.

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5 hours ago, miiila said:

Thank you for being a ray of forum hope

Whoa. 

This is one of those significant age, benchmark moments. Like the discovery of hair underneath your arms, or finding your first grey hair, or discovering that Tom Hanks is actually a CGI construction paid for by PBS (and viewers like you). 
 

I’m not sure I can man the responsibility of being a ray of hope. Alternatively, I have a few titles that may speak better to my actual forum activity:

 

Sultan of silly

Earl of Awesome

Sir Nonsense of Lottatalking

Baron Von Piano Fingers

Current Former reigning Person of presently Previous Emeritus 
 

I can no more promise to continue offering threads of substance, than I can promise a guaranteed tomorrow.

But - and this I swear - I hereby promise to continue distributing largely un-asked-for, long winded, pseudo parody; laced with jr psycho babble, masquerading as comedy, thinly covering a death trap contraption by way of a see-through sheet with a hand written sign that reads, “free advice.”
 

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Just now, vickiespencer said:

dark roast

Ah, a luxury decision. 
 

I need substances that walk the balance of serviceable, enjoyable and practically caffeinated. I need a coffee that says, “man, I’d really like to enjoy this - but I also have to get through the vague language of talking with artist, men-children

For this reason, my standard coffee is a medium roast accompanied by a shot of espresso. To which, I’ve developed the habit of inhaling the coffee and sipping the espresso. 
 

I’m aiming for “artisan chic.” Some weird, come to life oddity in a Bosch painting, hanging out at the only table in Eden, probably in a tank top, feverishly writing lyrics and ignoring the theological inaccuracies happening around me. 
 

But in reality - I’m just a dude in blue jeans, banging around on a piano and spilling coffee everywhere. 

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On 3/1/2022 at 2:05 AM, damooch916 said:

22. One bad day doesn’t make a habit. Cookies. Cookies make a habit. 

 

I'm not sure why this struck me so hard - I've had lots of ups and downs since I'd started writing (and just... living, lol) but it still takes me a while to understand that it's OK to be human and have...bad days. Or make a mistake. 

Cookies, on the hand are a habit I'd love to indulge in more often. I'm hoping to start baking when I get my own place, so... 

On 3/1/2022 at 2:05 AM, damooch916 said:

17. Marketing is storytelling, trading and the game of show and tell. Yes. It’s basically kindergarten. 

 

(I can also relate to this one. Being a former nanny/teacher sure comes in handy...)

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13 hours ago, katakatica said:

I'm not sure why this struck me so hard

I see so much emphasis on the analysis of fault. People catalogue, survey and decipher every aspect of what they “do wrong.” It’s a strange and largely irrelevant practice. 
 

If it’s treated exactly in the opposite fashion. 
 

We subscribe to the idea that history lessons act as this prevention method for the repeating of terrible atrocity (although… this year is really testing that theory). And that’s mostly true. But of the human experience - we’re just chronological passengers. Life happens despite us - so we’re forced to learn by mistake and it works with flimsy results and hope. 
 

Tasks shouldn’t be treated the same way. With goals and tasks - we gain FAR more from the cataloguing and evaluation of what we do correctly
 

For example, when learning the piano - an instructor wouldn’t stop you after a mistake to have you repeat the mistake. Then talk about the mistake. Then write the mistake down. Then study the mistake. 
 

In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. You start over and do it better. Then again. Then again. You discuss the methods that make this so. You focus on it. 
 

One bad day doesn’t make a habit. It’s not suddenly obvious or implied that this bad day will fold itself into your routine. It’s abstract. So it requires no more attention.
 

Cookies - on the other hand - are precious symbols of the inner relationship that tentacles outwardly and touches the faces of powerful deity’s. They are the good. We gain far more from focusing on them. 

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