New Study Finds Freelancers Are Happier Since Going Independent 33

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This post was written by Arielle Crane.

The future of work is looking pretty bright. As more and more freelancers are turning to independent work, they’re often selling two or more skills to help them stay on top.

AND CO, the freelance support system, just released a comprehensive study on the future of work that highlights the empowerment of freelancers and the workforce revolution that’s well underway. One of the more startling statistics is that 68% of the respondents say they’re happier since going independent and are using this newfound ‘freedom’ for personal fulfillment.

Check out the highlights of this study below.

For freelancers, freedom is the new wealth.

68% of the study’s respondents state they are happier now than they were before going independent, though they are reportedly feeling less financially stable.

Translation? They’re after something more than just the prospect of money.

With an improved life and an even better outlook, these freelancers are equipping themselves with the right dose of happiness they need to succeed. Especially when financial cushions aren’t always an option.

For freelancers, freedom is the new wealth.

Today’s independents are selling 2 or more skills within their careers.

AND CO defines this new type of worker as ‘slash workers’. With 61% of the people in this study claiming they now sell 2 or more skills to prospective clients.

They are aiming to gain more experience and have a vast skill set. These independent workers are taking charge of their work and happiness by indulging in their passions and focusing on gaining valuable experiences.

Today’s independents are selling 2 or more skills within their careers.

Independent together: freelancers are seeking stronger communities.

Going independent can also mean hitting some roadblocks along the way. Like getting stiffed by a client or uncertainty in steady work.

Those in this survey say they would like to see more opportunities to build a stronger community and ways to collaborate. They’d also like more resources for streamlining their business operations. So they’re able to better focus on their projects and not get bogged down with expense tracking, drafting contracts and more.

A stronger freelance community would create more unity amongst independent workers and better ways for them to collaborate and help each other out.

 freelancers are seeking stronger communities

Where do you fit in?

It’s important to understand how to navigate this type of lifestyle for both the freelancers and the employers hiring them. As more and more people are turning to independent work, we must arm ourselves with the proper tools and information to excel and cater to the independent work lifestyle.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.