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Freelance design and the persuit of maybe

June 17, 2011

Working as a freelance designer is a bungee jump into indifference over an endless sea of successful competition. The pendulum swing from positive to negative responses we reluctantly accept as a daily ritual.

‘Yes’ or ‘No are definitive they give direction, determine where to focus your efforts or leave well alone. Yet ‘maybe’ offers a window of opportunity. Maybe stimulates creativity, enlivens interest and excites the mind. Often the drive to differentiate ourselves can polarize opinion. So ‘maybe’ is the response of an open mind, willing us to convince them.

Maybe is hope.

Maybe today is the day you get that call you’ve been waiting for. Maybe your tireless efforts will be rewarded. Maybe, that dream you’ve been working on, that dream that’s faded with all the knock backs, will shift back into focus. Maybe your website stats will peak, the letter will arrive, the email will drop in your inbox.

Maybe is filled with potential, maybe could be the chance of a lifetime. Maybe the complex will become clear, the usual struggle will relax, that standard you aspired to, that seemed out of reach will move a little closer to your grasp. Then maybe you’ll produce that piece of work that you knew you had inside.

Maybe they’ll listen to your ideas, ask your opinion and pay your price.

Maybe today.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2011 8:43 am

    Nick this is a great post. I was struggling a bit this morning with the amount of effort I’m putting into my coaching business vs the financial return. MAYBE today it begins to balance out. You made me smile.

    I love the sentiment that maybe allows for hope. Its easy to get mired in group decisions or indecision that make the word “maybe” mean we go in circles. When you flip that on its head it turns it into an opportunity. Nice post.

    • June 18, 2011 7:51 am

      Thanks Kathy, I know that a lot of my posts are thinly veiled ‘positive affirmations’ convincing me to persevere, so it’s great to know that someone else benefits. I guess you’re right that the ‘maybe’s’ can be seen as positive or negative, I just like to convince myself of the wealth of opportunities out there and see anything other than a definite ‘no’ as a possibility.

  2. June 18, 2011 9:38 pm

    Love this post. Such hope radiates from it. It’s put a smile on my face.

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