Oh my. What a year! Slowly but surely life kinda/sorta cooperates with my plans.
Cancer definitely crimped my long term goals, but something amazing has evolved from the experience. I’ll talk about it a bit in today’s article.
Suffice it to say, although my public voice has dimmed this past year, I’ve been busy behind the scenes. All my titles are polished, updated, and re-edited. Some even got new covers. They look pretty spiffy.
I’m humbled at how many people seem to enjoy the Notes from Minnesota podcast. Thanks to everyone who tunes in to check out the antics of a haphazard freelancer living in the middle of nowhere.
Lastly, if you’re still reading this, you have no idea how much I appreciate your sticking with me while I sort out aspirations, projects, back list, etc. It’s taken longer than I expected, but from what I hear that’s normal in the world of cancer. So, I endeavor to be patient with myself as I sort through issues… projects… as I decide the trajectory for the rest of my life.
As for you? Since we’re nearing the end of ‘16, it’s probably smart to take stock of your freelance situation. It’s wise to keep your Polaris out front and center to keep you on your desired path.
With that theme in mind, enjoy today’s article! Believe it or not, I’ve got more coming. Soon.
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Are You a Creative Entrepreneur?
Beth Ann Erickson
Sylvia (not her real name) and I struck up a Facebook friendship when one of her comments caught my eye. Someone posted about a quacky cure for cancer and Sylvia, in her most magical way, rebutted the claim with eloquence, style, and kindness.
The conversation became a Facebook rarity… a disagreement that didn’t flame out in a blaze of anger. She intrigued me.
I liked that about her. She possessed a magical ability to smooth feathers, make a sharp point, and walk away friends. Since this was something I always aspire to, I sent her a friend request.
Little did I know she was dying of breast cancer. She passed shortly after we met. My world still feels darker pondering the void she left behind.
Which brings me to you. According to Wizard of Ads, Roy H. Williams, “Everyone wants to make the same three things: money, a name, and a difference.” His question is this: How do you prioritize the three?
This was a tough question until cancer clarified my situation. Considering there’s a definite possibility I won’t live as long as I thought, I want to make a difference.
Before cancer, I always considered myself an entrepreneur. Today I think of myself as a Creative Entrepreneur. It’s a minor, yet important distinction. Entrepreneurs solve problems. Creative people enrich the world. Creative Entrepreneurs do both.
Writers, artists, poets, photographers, musicians… anyone who links a thoughtful message to their work makes this planet just a little better. And these are the people I want to work with starting early next year. More on that later.
In the mean time… money, name, a difference? What’s your answer?
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