New Freelancers: Embracing Failure is the First Step to a Successful Freelance Career.

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  1. I couldn’t stay consistent
  2. I stopped learning and practicing
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Doing everything in your power to avoid failure is probably one of the worst mistakes you can make as a new freelancer.

No one wants to fail which is understandable. But in this article, I am going to argue that new freelancers should embrace failure. You should also work to build a portfolio of failures.

Why? Because your freelance career may depend on it.

I tried to avoid failure early on as well. These three outcomes followed.

Here’s what happened

I couldn’t stay consistent

I had pitches and job applications rejected, I had dms ignored. I understood these things were inevitable. However, I didn’t embrace failure early and these rejections did more harm than they should have.

Instead of learning from them, I let my emotions dictate my actions. This led to a lapse in productivity, ruined my consistency, and led to stagnation.

I had no plan to overcome negative thoughts

With rejection came negative thoughts, which eventually led to negative self-talk. I spent months telling myself I wasn’t good enough.

Guess what that did? I continued to struggle.

I somehow convinced myself to stop pitching to avoid rejection and negative thoughts. I came to realize how big of a mistake this was.

I stopped learning and practicing

This is probably the biggest outcome of not embracing failure early on. Learning is a by-product of experience. Shying away from failure meant I had no bearing on what worked and what didn’t.

Why are these outcomes important?

The good news is I began to focus more on mindfulness and embracing failure. My perspective on failure is beginning to change.

You may have experienced some of these outcomes in the past. Or maybe you are experiencing them now. this article is meant to be an awareness check for you.

Remember that Success, in any endeavor, is a process of investing in your portfolio of failures until there is nothing else to fail at.