February 27, 2012

Perspective, Use it or Lose it

A few things swirling in my life this week have given me a renewed opportunity to keep perspective. As a freelance writer, I frequently am looking for work. Projects tend to be short lived or even single opportunities. When a long term project comes along, it's freelance nirvana. Until that project changes.

It's a delicate balance, trying to remain flexible and yet stay working. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that the only person who is right is the one signing the checks. It's a tough lesson to absorb, but that's the reality. When you freelance, you are at the mercy of your contractor.

Something that occurred to me is that I'm well equipped in this economy. I know how to keep looking for work, even when none seems to be on the horizon. I'm not the first causality of cost overruns or project shifts, nor will I be the last.

I feel like a proverbial boy scout, needing to be prepared. Expect the best but prepare for the worst.

How do you keep perspective in uncertain times?

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