At my school, in England, we used to put on a full-length play by Shakespeare once a year.
I was a hopelessly timid kid, but somehow landed the part of Cassius in the play, Julius Caesar. I didn’t think I could learn hundreds of lines for the play, and I didn’t think I could get up on the stage in front of an audience.
But I did. And playing that part changed my life.
My teacher gave me the opportunity to really stretch myself, and to discover what I was truly capable of.
Now we fast-forward a generation to when my children were at school at about the same age. When I went to see their school “plays”, my kids were asked to learn maybe ten lines.
The problem here is that these schools no longer tried to stretch their students. And the students no longer had to opportunity to make a big, scary leap and discover what they were really capable of. In fact, they could go through their entire lives not knowing what they are capable of.
That’s a tragedy.
Now consider yourself, and the goals you set for your own freelance business.
Are you trying to really stretch yourself? Are your goals big and scary?
Or are you playing it safe?
If you are playing it safe, you’ll never crash and burn. But nor will you discover just how much you can really achieve.
My guess is that you are capable of way more. And I bet that if you set yourself some scary goals, you could achieve them and have a heck of a lot of fun along the way.
My advice – stretch yourself.
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About the author: Nick Usborne is an online writer, copywriter, author and coach. Read more…