I picked up a book called The Wealthy Freelancer at the library. I think I'm going to buy my own copy because despite the cheesy cover -- which shows a low-slung cherry red sports car that looks like something out of a male midlife-crisis fantasy -- the book is encouraging and I think will both spark practical ideas and help me believe in myself, as corny as the latter may sound.
So far, I just read the introduction, which invites readers to dream big dreams. The authors suggest we write down the answers to four questions: What type of projects do we want? What type of clients do we want? What income do we want to earn for our project work? and What lifestyle do we want for our freelance business?
The authors write, "We can't stress enough how important it is to dream big. Don't hold back or try to rationalize or settle." The idea is that even if your goals are not attainable right now, by holding them up as signposts, you'll be heading in the right direction.
I did answer the questions for myself. Though I don't think I have the guts to share the answers publicly, I do think the exercise was beneficial.
By the way, all this talk about dreaming dreams reminded me of Susan Boyle's famous performance of the song I Dreamed a Dream on Britain's Got Talent in front of Simon Cowell. Ironically, the lyrics to that song are bitter and angry -- about dreams that will never come true -- the exact opposite of the optimistic message conveyed by The Wealthy Freelancer. But, of course, in real life, Susan Boyle's dream did come true, though not without some difficulties along the way.
And speaking of Susan Boyle -- I just Googled to see what she has been doing recently, and it turns out there is going to be a documentary on Ovation tonight at 10 pm ET called Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle, where she will talk about living with Asperger's. (Weird that I was thinking about her tonight for no particular reason, and it turns out a documentary about her is about to air in 45 minutes -- though unfortunately on a channel I don't think I get.)
I wonder if Susan Boyle ever sat down, long before her breakthrough moment on TV, and did an exercise where she wrote down the most audacious, impossible dream she could think of -- perhaps a wish to record an album which would become a #1 best seller around the world.