“People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t be willing to write an essay or draw an illustration for them for nothing. They often start by telling you how much they admire your work, although not enough, evidently, to pay one cent for it.”
This quote comes from Tim Kreider’s brilliant NY Times opinion piece, Slaves of the Internet, Unite! - a must-read about how artists, writers and other creatives are being increasingly pushed to provide their services for free (or insultingly low rates) in the Internet economy.
Have you’ve been pondering the possibility of working as a freelancer. If so, you can expect to be in very good company. According to a new release, MBO Partners’ Third Annual Independent Workforce Report, up to 50 percent of the private workforce in this country will soon be employer independent. That’s right, nearly half of the workplace will be providing services on a freelance basis to more than one client.
I am a technical writer who wants to continue to write into my retirement as a part time, low-stess job. I have always done a lot of personal writing for my own fulfillment and satisfaction. I actually started out writing for a free music newspaper. I have co-authored articles in the field of business process automation, a field I worked in for many years as a technical writer. Do you have any suggestions about an approach I might take to transition into a fun-filled retirement doing what I love, writing?
Ah, a question near and dear to my heart. Fortunately, I’ve got lots of resources that you might find helpful. But before doing so, I did want to share a note of caution.
I’ve never been the sort of person who recites mantras or affirmations. But that said, I love inspirational quotes as much as the next person. Quotes provide a quick shot of perspective, inspiration and encouragement – just when we need it most.
Dealing with your career and planning career reinventions can be challenging. So to help you better manage, I compiled a list of 25 of my favorite career-related quotes.
Please chime in with your favorites by leaving a comment below. After all, you can never have enough motivation. As Zig Ziglar once famously said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”
This past Sunday, CBS aired a fascinating segment on Sunday Morning about Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Like any good story, there were important life lessons embedded in the tale.
I’ll get to the reinvention-related lesson in a second, but first a bit more about the story.
The segment focused on George Raveling, who at the time of King’s speech was a 26-year-old former college basketball star. His best friend was named Warren Wilson. One night, after watching the evening news with the Wilson family, Warren’s father urged the two young men to attend the March on Washington.
George and Warren arrived in D.C. the night before the march, with no plans to do anything other than be spectators. But while walking around the grounds, a man approached them and asked if they’d be willing to work as volunteers. They agreed - and were assigned to handle security near the podium where celebrities were expected to stand.
As a result of that last minute request, Raveling ended up standing surprisingly close to Dr. King. ”I was to the left of Dr. King,” Raveling said. “I would suggest probably seven or eight security people away.”
Of course, having that front row seat to history would have been remarkable in and of itself. But what happened next, after Dr. King finished the speech, is what makes this story truly extraordinary.