A Reflection: A Year As A Freelancer

Sorry, I fell off the wagon (again)!

This month has been a busy one, or, may I say, distractive?

I watched the whole 10 seasons of Friends, and then played an addicting game on my phone called Homescapes. As a result, my sleeping time is all over the place, and I wasn’t focused with my day.

But I’m back now! In fact, I’m dedicating this week to practice my deep work. After I’m done with my Miracle Morning routine (Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Read, and Scribe), I will be on my laptop, just writing for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The only reason I can think of as to why I was so distracted this past month was, I’ve been thinking about my ‘career’ and my next move. As you all know, I’m a freelancer. That means I’m not working for a single employer or a company. I’m working from one contract to another (actually, 4 or 5 at a time), while working on my skillset.

The Beginning

I started out as a general virtual assistant using my English language skill, mostly working on social media and WordPress CMS. At that time, I thought I wanted to be a translator (English to Indonesian and Indonesian to English). But in the process, I found that translating is boring, and instead found a field I liked a lot, which was content marketing.

Now, I’m a top-rated freelancer on Upwork. Every two weeks, I always get invited to interview. I’ve picked up a lot of skills along the way. I’m not that general anymore. I have picked my field and I’m starting to dig deep now.

I Tried To Be Grateful

But I must admit, I sometimes get bored doing the same thing over and over again. I wonder, what would happen if I work in a team, in an actual office building? But then, after giving it a second thought, I convince myself that it would get boring too, like what happened when I was an intern. I would drag myself out of bed every morning, then get on the bus halfheartedly. I wouldn’t like that either.

Then I have to remind myself that I’m lucky to have this job as a freelancer. But sometimes having this as the sole motivation is not enough.

I Found The Answer!

So I turned to the book that I’m currently reading, ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You‘ by Cal Newport (I borrowed this from Bookabuku! If you’re Indonesian, sign up with my code ‘fike2727’). He answered most of my questions about job and career. He explained how passion can be dangerous.

We all hear the advice ‘find your passion’ all the time. This advice implies:

  1. that there’s a perfect job waiting for us out there
  2. the right job will give you fulfillment that no other job can

So instead of working on ourselves and creating impact for the world, we focus on what the world and the job can give us. Instead of working on our skills, all we think about is how the job is not suitable for us, how the job is making us miserable.

Cal suggested to ditch the ‘passion’ mindset and adopt what he called the ‘craftsman’ mindset instead. Basically, it’s focusing on your current job, doing the best you can, improving your skills, and doing the deliberate practice so that you can easily find your so-called dream job.

What’s Next?

And I think I’m on the right track. I started out as a virtual assistant, picking up skills along the way, learning and perfecting my those skills until I found what I love to do. Now I just have to adopt this ‘craftsman’ mindset, and see my ‘career’ as a lifetime pursuit, a continuous improvement of my skill.

I wanted to share this book and the mindset behind it, because it’s so essential to our happiness, our sense of fulfillment from our job. Sometimes we overthink how the job is not the perfect job for us. How we should be doing something else, how the perfect job is waiting for us out there.

The passion mindset leaves us unhappy and unsatisfied.

You can just focus on what you do, and when you’re good at it, you will fall in love with it. When you’re so good at it, people just can’t ignore it and the right opportunity will come eventually.

Published by Ascencia Fike

Hello! I'm a content marketer, a blogger, and a cryptocurrency enthusiast. I write here and on Medium (more personal stuffs!). Co-founded Zenith Autotrade with my dad.

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