7 Extraordinary Things You Can Learn From a Child 401

what we learn from a child

When I see a child, I smile. I do it unintentionally. Then I think of how less I smile now compared to when I was younger.

Children are innocent, happy, excited, honest, and do only things that make them smile more. With that behavior they affect the people around them and make their life happier too.

A child is always in motion, has something to do, has creative ideas, wants to do new things, to meet new people and to know more. Adults, on the other hand, are serious, do what they don’t enjoy, are full of regret, stress and boredom. Which one is better?

If you think the answer is that it’s better to act and think like children, then they have some things to teach you.

1. Do what you love.

We know we should, but we rarely do that. Children are always finding new ways to have fun, to learn and to be active. They have their own projects and stick to them until they are bored. Which is actually very clever, because if something isn’t done with a positive attitude and interest, it can never be done well.

They find the sport they like and they practice it. They may not want to read, which is okay, because even if you make them do it, they won’t be concentrated and won’t understand anything from the book. Instead, they may prefer to write, sing, paint, or else. Let them do it! And do the same.

Find the hobby and activity that you enjoy and do it whenever you have time.

2. Be honest.

If you ask a child a question, no matter how personal, it will tell you its opinion directly and honestly. When you grow up  you consider that impolite, rude, and a sign of a bad behavior. But it’s actually what we should all do.

Imagine how simpler the world would be, if everyone was able to just say what they think and want. Then there wouldn’t be any gossips, unsaid words, obscure relationships and unfinished business.

3. Be happy for no reason.

These little creatures always tend to find the bright side of everything, which is a wonderful human trait that we eventually lose while growing up.

They are always smiling and happy because they see something funny, interesting, new, exciting or beautiful. Their eyes are wide-open for the little things we now ignore – like that amazing butterfly, flying around a tree; an old box, which can be used as a helmet or a part of their new house they will be building later; a funny noise someone makes while speaking and so on.

Don’t forget how beautiful the world is and if it’s still hard for you to see the little details that make our days so magical and interesting, spend some time with a child and try to see the world through its eyes.

4. Be curious.

Maybe it’s annoying for some people to listen to all the questions children ask all the time, but this is why they will remain at the same level.

We grow and improve as we learn but unfortunately many people stop that process in their 20s or so. This is so bad for our brain. We are learners as long as we live and need to learn new things – how to do something, why people behave like that, what does a certain word mean, how to take care of your health, what does your name mean and many more interesting facts.

The best way to be always on the grow is to do new things, read books and research, or you can do what children do best – ask questions. They can be very powerful if they are used in the right situation with the right words.

If you always want to know how things work and what they mean, you will also remain a lively person full of excitement and joy.

5. Be stubborn.

This is also a wonderful quality. Children may make you annoyed with their insistence on having something, but you can’t deny how well that strategy works. 90% of the time they get what they want.

It’s never like that with adults, who are afraid to ask, lose hope easily, aren’t motivated and don’t believe they can achieve their dreams.

The solution is to just insist on your rights, interests, personal space, possessions, job promotion or whatever else you need in your life. Remember that if you want something, there is always a way to get it. And perseverance is a sure one.

6. Think outside the box.

 If we think like children the business nowadays would be much more developed. Kids are the perfect example of what brainstorming is – they come up with great unusual ideas all the time.

They don’t follow the rules and their imagination knows no limits. They combine things that are incompatible at first sight.

If you want to freshen your own business, writing, site or else, just ask your children to share their thoughts on the subject.

7. Believe.

Simple as that! You just have to believe as strongly as kids do. Consider everything possible and you will achieve a lot more.

The problem with most people is that their goals are limited, they don’t see themselves successful, they don’t actually believe they will find someone special and will live happily. And if you don’t believe, you won’t get it.

Only two kinds of people understand that:

  1. The happy and successful ones in the face of leaders, people who have accomplished their dreams, the greatest writers, businessmen, men of art, and those who have found inner peace and balance;
  2. Children.

The conclusion is that we are born with the ability to  think that everything is possible and to believe that we can do whatever we want, but the many barriers of society, morals, rules, expectations and convictions have made us lose that magical spark.

Successful people have made a great deal of effort to get back to that state of their mind where everything is attainable. They’ve set themselves free from all the criticism and opinion of others and became the best version of themselves.

What we need to do is to encourage our children to stay as they are – enthusiastic, full of life, belief and happiness, curious, unique and positive. And to always learn from them.

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 35

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

amsterdam - the dream location

When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

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