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What’s Your Passion?

As many of you know, I just got back from the Creative Freelancer Conference in Chicago and I am excited about many new ideas, tools and people I encountered while I was there. If you’ve ever been to a conference on a topic that really fits you, you know how easy it is to get trapped in the excitement and feel by the end of the week that you could move any mountain that stands in your way. Last week, of course, I felt the same way.

Day 2 of Conference-Speaker Joan Gladstone

Day 2 of Conference-Speaker Joan Gladstone

 

 

I bring this up as I think I may have found the secret ingredient to keeping that enthusiasm you feel sustained, long after you’ve unpacked your bags and realize that the weird looking thing in your fridge is leftover meatloaf you forgot to throw out before you headed out on your journey.

It’s what I call professional passion. Sounds interesting, but seriously I feel it’s the key to keeping your business sustained and fresh. Read more about rediscovering your passion. See what Sean M. Lyden the principal and senior writer of The Professional Writing Firm Inc., a Kennesaw, Georgia, has to say about discovering your passion.

While I was at the conference, I bumped into a woman from El Salvador. Yes, someone had made the trek to Chicago all the way from Central America just to discover the world of freelancing. As college student in El Salvador, this ambitious designer told me the reason she was at the conference was because she noticed the word “freelancing” in an ad for the conference and was curious. Of course being a writer, hearing that someone selected a conference based on a word … well, I was all ears. Don’t you wish your clients were always this interested?

After talking to her I walked away realizing one thing. What brought this student all the way from Central America to the midwest was passion. I wonder, how many of us still have that eager passion which propelled us into the professions that we currently hold? I know for myself it started with helping others problem solve and my love for connecting with people. Yes, that’s the focus of my company Dog-Eared Pages, but I wonder, do we get bogged down by the day-to-day operation of our businesses and forget what lit our fire in the beginning?

I offer this advice. Spend at least 10 minutes 3 times a week reflecting on your professional passion and then take action. Here’s some questions to get you started.

  • Why did you choose your industry?
  • What brings you to work each day?
  • Is there something missing from your current work situation that keeps you from living your professional passion? What can you do to change it?
  • How can you take your professional passion and make it a central part of your daily routine?
  • If you aren’t passionate about your work situation, what can you do to get there?
Send me an email. Tell me some of your professional passions and how you plan to tap into those central themes to lift your business to the next level. I’d love to share your story with our readers.
Have a great weekend-
Sarah

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The Winds of Change

Greetings!

They call it the windy city … Chicago. Trust me, I’ve been there when the wind is billowing and yes, it is windy to say the least. However, last week, it was a different wind that blew life into my sails and set me on an exciting new course.  Last week I attended the first ever Creative Freelancer Conference in Chicago and I must say I learned some amazing things that I can’t wait to share with each of you.

Day 1-Creative Freelancer Conference-Chicago-Aug-08

Day 1-Creative Freelancer Conference-Chicago-Aug-08

 

First of all, a huge shout out must go to conference co-founders Illise Benun & Peleg Top, Dyana Valentine (girl, you have some energy!) and of course who could forget the Communicatrix, Colleen Wainwright – that’s only a few of the astounding people I met at the conference. Their enthusiasm for generating creative solutions that exceed clients’ expectations was infectious and in the weeks to come you’ll hear me talk about them even more. 

With that said I want to get you thinking and give you a little teaser for things to come. Here’s a few questions to ponder …

 

  • What is your company currently encountering, that makes daily success difficult?
  • Do you struggle with time management?
  • How can you effectively structure your week to get more done? (yes, you can do this!)
  • What’s the best way to motivate your staff?
  • Is social networking a good idea for your company? For you personally?
Start thinking! Send me an email with your thoughts. I’d love to point you in the direction of exciting and proven solutions. Bottom line, this is a place for you to gather insight, tips, tricks or even take 5 minutes for yourself to breathe and refocus your business efforts in a positive, fulfilling way.
Now is the time to get your current marketing efforts out of the doghouse!
Speaking of dogs, check out the picture of the Chicago dog I ate-yum heartburn city!
Chi-Dog @ Wrigley Aug. 08

Chi-Dog @ Wrigley Aug. 08

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Wishing you the best-
Sarah

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