What's on the iPod: She's Mine by Brett Dennen
Got a post up over at About Freelance Writing. Check it out!
If you know me, you know I love Lisa Gates and think she practically invented life coaching. In her latest Craving Balance post, Lisa says this: "If you don't study the masters, you'll continue to paint by numbers." Her point - you define your own self, your own life, your own career. You do it as much by inaction as you do action. See why I adore her?
So instead of copying off someone else's paper, what can you do to take charge of your career? Try this:
1. Set your own expectations. Who cares if your high school English teacher thinks you were a screw-off? You can live up to those expectations or decide right now that you're better than those idiots think you are.
2. Emulate your vision. Anne Wayman, the reigning queen of envisioning your book, has always said when she gets stuck career-wise, she envisions where she wants to be. You'd be surprised how that plays in your own mind. Once you espouse that feeling, your actions will lead you.
3. Move on it. That's right. Get off your ass and get that career in gear. No one will do it for you, and no one should. Decide what it is you need to do in order to go where you're planning.
4. Ask for help. Different from getting someone else to do it, asking for help is gathering those people with the knowledge and experience to give you answers and point you in the right direction. Just don't expect them to hand you a primer on how to do everything you need. That kind of advice is readily available for a price on Amazon.
5. Surround yourself with smart people. The masters of your trade - other writers and editors - are showing you every day how they're doing it. Are you paying attention?
How did you take charge of your career?