I never thought I’d write such a post when people are writing about their achievements, whereas I’m talking about how to tackle your little fears while starting out as a content writer. That’s pretty tough.. huh!
Different people have different opinions on how to make a content writing career successful. But the way I see success is how can we overcome certain mindsets that are blocking our way forward. Success is nothing but a continuous process of breaking & making the invisible roadblocks.
Well you know, content writing can be not so rewarding when you just begin your career with it. But let me be clear, it can be highly rewarding as well as time passes by.
What happens when you are a newbie? What happens when you have no idea about how this industry works? What skills do you need exactly to sustain a good track record of yourself? Moreover, how do you start all of this?
If you have all these questions then I’m pretty much sure, we all writers have faced similar questions when we started off our careers. That’s how the system works!
So the things that every newbie writers face before coming into this vast opportunity of a freelance writing career are as follows.
1. So many good writers, why me?
Believe me, when I started writing, I used to think no one would ever know my name. Why would they?
That’s totally fine if you do think like this way. Moreover, it would be a mistake if you ignore this question. so why is this question is so much important? Well, content writing is not a new kind of job. People have been writing for ages. People who write feels a special connection while playing with words, just like any other sports.
So naturally, writing down thoughts and earning while doing it, is great fun, right? What I suggest get over with this, get it over with your thoughts of so many people writing in the outside world. Maybe you belong to this writing tribe but remember you’re different and unique, different than anyone of them.
For example, you have forty students in your class. Everybody is studying the same thing to pass the same exam. They are more or less good, I presume. But there are only three students who are standing first, second or third. Why is that? Well, that’s why they are different. And who knows, you’re the special one among the writers’ tribe of millions.
2. What if I fail
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The next thing that may pop up in your mind, what if you don’t get the success you rightfully deserve. What if the whole world conspires against you and leads you to failure. Well, my friend, you need to put a stop right there.
We all know failure is inevitable, everybody who wants to try out something different fails for sure some day or the other. But the real question lies, do they lose hope? No. They don’t want to listen to failure, all they want is to keep on trying!
Let’s understand this point rationally like a sensible human being. What would be the worst case scenario if you fail? What would be the topmost thing that you’d miss out? Well, maybe it’s the right time you find something else to do. What I mean by that is, if you can not play good football for a long time though you have tried everything to do it better like hard work, training and all; maybe its time for you to try out cricket for some time, to test your natural inclination.
Apart from that, there’s no other reason to think about what if you fail. Moreover what you do your best is, think about what else you’re missing out to fulfill your dream.
3. I feel demotivated sometimes
It is rightly said that habits make or break a man. If you want to know why you are not doing something right, sometimes all you need is to perform an analysis of your habits and consider altering them. Because sometimes it’s not about what you do, but more about how you do it! And that’s where your habits play a very important role.
Hey man, chill! You can never be motivated all the time. Nobody else can.
When I first started the website The Strong Traveller, I was never motivated 24*7 to run it all by myself. Sometimes I used to feel devastated thinking, why the hell am I still pushing it even if, no significant results are coming out of this. I was not getting enough responses to keep carrying all the costs associated with the website, paying bills, creating contents for it, looking out a good team, marketing our brand; everything seemed very very frustrating.
It’s been over a year now. Do I feel okay now, when almost everything’s in place? Nope. Because when you get over with something, something else comes up in its place. There’s no end. Every time I need to set my goal higher and higher. Along the way becoming tensed, frustrated or demotivated, will be there always; rather it becomes an integral part of your journey.
All these bad things happening with you will shape you to be better at whatever you’re doing. Know it for sure we all face it and no one can skip it. So what can you do to make yourself comfortable with that? Maybe taking a break from your mundane schedule or sometimes taking a good sleep helps a lot.
4. I fear the uncertainty
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What makes us think something is certain and something is not? If we think deeply about it, then we can come up with certain variables that dictates our mind to think what may be waiting for us in the near future.
Those factors are broadly: social culture, habit and lack of confidence. We live in a society where it is believed that, if we don’t follow A, then B will happen eventually. But his theory has lot of flaws in it. Habit comes with following a particular trend that makes us do certain things without any logical base. And lastly, lack of self confidence leads us to think, whatever we do, it’d take us to that particular place.
So when you face uncertainty, you may wander off any of the above options. But interestingly, none of them have any logical explanation. Yes, it is true that life is unpredictable and most of the things is uncertain, but should it stop us from exploring? Landing on the moon was one of the biggest challenges in the human history. It was extremely uncertain but confidence & courage make us achieve goals that are beyond our imagination.
If you think content writing career may be uncertain for you, then what’d be the most certain career you can possibly have, you think? If you want to do something big following your love and passion, choose uncertainly but believe in your guts!
5. I wish someone be there to help me out
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This would be the must have questions for everyone who is starting out as a fresh content writer. This is so true!
When I began my career, I wish I had someone to show me the right way. Like holding your hand and helping you cross a busy road. Are not so many online resources helpful out there? Yes, they are but most of the times they tend to mislead more than they’re willing to help out.
If you think you need someone to edit your contents, optimize them, show the mistakes, creating your online profiles, writing a compelling content to get you hired or simply help you creating your own personal blog, we’d be more than happy to help you out.
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Happy reading folks!
Arkaprabha Das is the Founder & Editorial Chief at The Strong Traveller. He has always been a man of many caps. Apart from being an MBA professional, he is a full-time freelance writer and possesses the mind & heart of a true entrepreneur! You can always reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.