How many people can say they truly love their job? I’m in the enviable position of being one of those very fortunate people that loves waking up every working day and getting stuck into various projects. This is especially so when I’m lucky enough to be working on such stimulating projects as I have been recently.
Of course, it is not all plain sailing, in fact, the 18 months prior to this last calendar year were the most difficult I’ve ever experienced, with relatively little work available and clients going bust and leaving me unpaid, freelancing can be treacherous. However, the last year has been a very successful one in terms of work output, variety and quality of work, gaining new clients and generally really enjoying my work. Some of the recent projects have been exceptionally invigorating and challenging, some of these I cannot publish for contractual reasons, but I have been and will continue to roll out recent work examples when the projects are completed.
How to love your work
(and keep your clients loving it too)
Achieving personal satisfaction with your own work is the goal here, but how do you go about getting that and then maintain it? Okay, for starters, three qualities you absolutely need to succeed as a freelancer are passion, ambition and a desire for continual self improvement, those are all fundamentals in my opinion. With those inherent qualities you are highly likely to both enjoy your work and succeed. But where’s the love?
In order to love your work, I believe you have to get the very best out of yourself, that means pushing yourself to the limits of what you can possibly achieve with every project you undertake. The aim of this is to get to the point where you impress yourself with what you have achieved, the moment where you can step back and look at your own creation and say “Wow! Well done me!”.
Okay, so how do you get the best out of yourself?
Easy… avoid complacency!