When talking about challenges in our community or our congregation, a former minister of mine used to say that we were “all falling uphill together.” I like that metaphor. In our work lives or our personal lives, we are always falling down—but we are still getting somewhere.
There’s a cardinal rule of blogging for your business: never complain. It leaves a bad impression with present or future clients as well as colleagues (who might be “competitors”). So don’t take this as a complaint. Everyone has challenges. I’m just sayin’.
I tried to find a reference for that saying of our minister’s, but instead I found a book by Scott Stoll, Falling Uphill, about traveling around the world on a bicycle. You can see his cool videos here. In the middle of one, Scott said something that really resonated with me:
I’ve written occasionally about the ups and downs of freelancing, but I still feel that it’s a privilege to work this way:
(For more of my views on freelancing, check out this blog post.)
The writing business is changing. On the down side, there seems to be less work and the pay is lower in some cases. On the up side, there are more opportunities in social media, which is just as content-driven as other forms of marketing. Also on the up side, more editing work has come my way–people looking for polish and for continuity between teams of writers. And that’s one of my favorite things to do.
The idea of “falling uphill” is that things aren’t always easy and even when you have a really bad fall, you might stand up and see that you are actually farther along the path than you were before. But only if you stay open to learning from the experience.
What’s your career journey been like lately? When you hit a snag, what helps you keep going?