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Don’t Work For Free

In this blog post I will write about how you should not work for people for free. This article will mainly pertain to freelancers such as musicians, photographers, bloggers, and others. The essential idea is that you should not give away your talents and energies to other people without compensation. There are many businesses and individuals who will try to take advantage of you, if you let them. Don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game.

Don’t work for free

You may have found this article by googling “don’t work for free” or something along those lines. Maybe you have had similar experiences to the ones that I have had. Throughout my life, people have tried to take advantage of me in various ways. As a musician, certain promoters used to often try to get me to play for free in their clubs. Now, as I branch out into freelance writing, I have experienced a similar scenario. People wanting you to do work for them, but when it comes time to pay you, it becomes rather difficult to receive the funds. Let’s go over some reasons why you should not work for free.

Exploitation is wrong

The first reason why you should not work for free is simply because it is morally wrong. People should not feel entitled to use you to build their businesses without paying you. The philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that it is unethical for one human to use another human being as simply a “means to an end”. In other words, you shouldn’t ask people to do things for you without any kind of benefit to themselves whatsoever. This kind of exploitation is actually illegal so do not put up with it as a freelancer. Always stand up for yourself.

People will try to exploit you

People will attempt to exploit you as a freelancer. There are people out there who will try to get you to do work for them for free without paying you. Again, I will repeat; don’t work for free! There are all kinds of unscrupulous individuals out there just waiting to take advantage of you. Individuals who simply “forget” their wallet at home when it comes time to pay at a restaurant. People in business who just neglect to read the part of your email where you ask for payment. These are the kinds of people you should avoid in business and life. If someone other than a charitable organization is expecting you to work for them for free then this is a scam and this person does not respect you or your time.

Stand your ground

Don’t allow these kinds of exploitative and manipulative people get you to do any kind of work for them for free. If the person who is asking you to do work for them refuses to pay you then simply refuse to work for them ever again. I apologize if this blog post comes across in an irritated manner. Let me explain what recently happened to me.

Recently, I was contacted by an individual to write blog posts for their website. When I asked for payment this person simply ignored it and asked me to write another blog post for them. This kind of conduct is infuriating to me and I will probably never work with this person again.

Conclusion

Don’t work for free. Do not allow yourself to be exploited by people. Believe me they will try. If unethical individuals can get away with not paying you, they will. As a freelancer; always make sure you are getting paid. Don’t let exploiters take advantage of you. People will try to use you. Demand to be paid. Don’t let them take advantage of you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Believing in Yourself: Building Confidence

You need to start believing in yourself as an artist or content creator. If you do not have the confidence to create, you will stop doing so. Creativity is not difficult, we have just been told that it is. Anyone can be an artist or content creator, you just need to be in the right frame of mind.

Believing in Yourself

We have been programmed to believe that only certain special people get the right to be creative. Some people think that in order to be an artist, you need to study at art school. I recently told someone that I might like to try my hand at creating visual art. This person told me “if only you could take a course in that…”

Why do some people make us feel that we are always inadequate in some way and that we need to pay or study with someone else in order to make us adequate?

I feel like this is part of the problem with modern society. People make a living off of teaching us that we are somehow inadequate and that we need others to educate us properly. Some college students go deeply into debt to study art under the assumption that they are not quite good enough. For example, it currently costs $75,000 per year to go to Harvard University. If a musician or artist was good enough, why would they need to pay a prestigious institution in order to be educated on what is “good” or “bad” art? I’m not saying these institutions are bad but they do have a vested interest in the idea that we are not yet complete without their help. This is why I think you need to start believing in yourself and your own instincts more.

Not Quite Good Enough

Forget those people who ever told you that you were not quite good enough. You do not need those kinds of people in your life. As a musician or artist, you are perfectly fine just as you are. Keep creating the music and art that you want to create. Quit trying to mold yourself into what other people would like you to be. You will never be perfect enough for these people. Create the kinds of music and art that you want to create. Period. Do not try to settle up to someone else’s version of perfection. You will be left unsatisfied in the end.

Be Confident in Who You Are

Creativity should not be difficult. If you are having to strain to create something then maybe you are not creating something you enjoy. Creativity should flow easily and naturally. If it was painful for you to create something then it may end up being somewhat painful for the person who has to experience your creation. In other words, if you had to struggle and strain to create something, chances are it won’t be enjoyed as much by the person who experiences it. Imagine a musician who actually doesn’t enjoy the music they are making. They may trick some people into enjoying their music but it will not be genuine and that musician will soon stop creating.

Creative Flow

The key to being creative is to having a good creative flow. You need to remove the critics in the back of your head while you create. There will always be those negative voices in your head as you create something. You might have thoughts like “this sounds bad” or “no one will like this music”. Try to ignore those thoughts and let your creativity flow naturally. Silence those critics in your head and just create. Imagine if every time you went to create music, you went back and looked at it in a negative light. You would soon stop creating. Stop criticizing your own music and art. Create it and put it out. Let the world decide if they like it or not.

Conclusion

Overall, you need to start believing in yourself more. In order to be creative, you need to silence those negative critics in your head which keep telling you that you can not do something. You are not inadequate. You’re already a great creator. Just create. You are not a creator if you do not create so stop letting those negative critics in your head prevent you from doing so. Start being creative now. The world needs your creativity. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just be yourself and let your creativity flow.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Motivation: Tips to Help You Keep You Motivated

We all suffer from lack of motivation from time to time. I know I have gone through periods where I did not feel motivated to do much in life. At other times in my life, I have had quite strong feelings of motivation. In this article I will write about some tips to boost your motivation.

Motivation

Often we are faced with difficult challenges in life. We may have to do certain activites which we do not actually want to do. There are many unpleasant things life in that we have to deal with daily. If we try to look at the big picture and focus on why we are doing something, it can help us to stay motivated. You may be working a job you dislike. You may have an irate customer at your place of business who is insulting you and getting on your nerves. Try to look beyond the situation and to the bigger picture. Remember your goals and dreams for the future and remain calm.

I have had many high points and lows in my life. I used to work mutiple retail jobs where the managers would repeatedly tell me to wash the windows over and over again, even when the windows were clean. Only to make it look like I was busy doing something. At times like this, just laugh to yourself, and remember that you are being paid. Plan to do something with that money. Instead of taking the money you earned working that job at the mall and going and spending it on the latest pair of sneakers, invest that money instead.

Save up for a down payment on a house that you can rent out and make income. Invest in low risk stock market activity and have your money grow. Use the money you make to start a business you actually enjoy. Where you are at right now is not where you are going. Work hard, but always have a plan for how you can get out of any situation that you do not want to be in.

Everything is temporary

In order to maintain motivation, try to see beyond your current circumstances. Know that there is a better future for you ahead if you work hard. Many times we put ourselves in situations that we do not enjoy because we feel we have to suffer in order to achieve. Many people have a “no pain, no gain” mentality. They deliberately force themselves to work jobs they dislike because they feel that this is the only way to “get ahead”.

If we look around us though, we see many people who this kind of lifestyle does not apply to. Famous authors, musicians, actors, rich investors, and many other people do not live this kind of lifestyle. The rich understand the game of money. I’m sure you have heard of Robert Kiyosaki, the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author. He says that the rich do not work for money, they have their money work for them. You can do this too, if even on a small scale.

Even if you only invest $100 into something and in one year it makes you $10 on top of your original investment, you’ve still done well. The average annual return for the stock market overall is about 10%. Say you invest that $100 into an S&P500 index fund and it makes you $10 in a year. If you decide to sell those shares, you have no profited $10. That could buy you 2 discount fast food combos. Enough to feed you for a day. Ignore my example of it seems absurd to you. I’m just trying to illustrate to power of putting your money away and profiting off of it. It buys you a free lunch over time.

Focus on the future

Here’s how to stay motivated. Remember that where you are at, is not where you are going. If you are a young person, you have the blessing of time on your hands. If you are working an entry level job and having a hard time, do not worry. Save your money, invest, and start early. In the long run you can be rich. There is a bright future for all of us if we are diligent and invest our money carefully. If more people do this, we will have more millionaires around us. Everyone can benefit from the growth of our corporations. Unfortunately too many of us do not have extra money to invest. Or people spend on things they do not need. A lot of us are not trained on how to invest. Many miss out on the profits of corporate America due to a lack of knowledge.

Conclusion

In order to maintain motivation you have to realize that you are not stuck where you currently are right now in life. Often we feel unmotivated because we dislike the job we are in or what we are studying in school. There’s ways to change what you are doing in life. Work every single day with the tools you have to strive for a better life. Anything is possible with enough dedication, willpower, and effort.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Remember That You Will Die

Normally we do not like to think about our own death. The thought can be frightening. Once I had an experience where I felt like I was close to death. That experience changed my perspective on life forever. I believe that everyone should take some time to think about their own death. It can have profound implications on how you live your life today.

Everyone dies

Reminding yourself of your own mortality is one of the most powerful things you can do to motivate yourself to take action today. Here is how Steve Jobs put it in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs

This quote from Steve Jobs resonates with me very deeply. Once you have had an experience of being close to death, you start to look at life from this perspective as well. This ties in with the idea I have written about before of living your life the way you want to live it. We only have this one life, we should live life to the fullest and enjoy the gift of every day. Do not waste your life engaging in something you dislike daily in order to gain some potential reward in the future. That future may never arrive.

Imagine you are diagnosed with an incurable cancer and given months to live. Your life might get cut short by a tragic auto accident. Would you be happy with how you have lived your life? Did you fulfill those dreams that you had? Would you be satisfied with how you spent your last day on this earth? These are a few powerful questions to think about.

Conclusion

Do not give away days, weeks, months, and years of your life to fulfill the agenda of someone else. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing then make a change. Life is short and time can fly by before you know it. As time goes by you will want to look back on what you did being proud and satisfied with that you have accomplished. Work hard to achieve something great that you can personally be proud of. Do not waste this precious life. It is a gift.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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Live Your Life The Way You Want To

As far as we know, we only get this one life to live. We should live our lives the way we want to live them. For some of us, most of our lives are spent doing things we do not actually want to do. Many of us feel like we are forced to work in jobs we dislike, in order to put food on our table and have a roof over our heads. What if there was a way to do what you really wanted to do and still make a living?

Living Life on Your Terms

You should start trying to live life on your terms. We see other people around us doing it. Authors, musicians, film directors, celebrities, mostly seem to be living a life they actually enjoy. Some making millions of dollars while they are at it. Engaging in work they are passionate about. Why can’t this be you or I? The key is to taking action towards the goal of enjoying your life by doing something you are passionate about for a living. Many of us have had these dreams in the past, maybe we wanted to be musicians, actors, or comedians, but we gave it up. We need to rekindle our dreams.

Negative People

If you have a dream to do something extraordinary, people around you may try to burst your bubble. Imagine you have a goal to write a great novel that will be read by millions of people all around the world. You will most likely have at least someone discouraging the idea. There will usually be someone there to try and bring you down. Do not listen to these kinds of people. They likely wish that they had the same ambition as you. It may be best to keep certain ambitions to yourself.

Take Control of Your Life

You need to be in control of your life. You need to be a leader, not a follower. Do not spend all day consuming content from other people in order to help you succeed. Do not procrastinate. This is real life, not an assignment in school. Billions of people around the world are working just as hard as you in order to succeed. You will need to step up your game if you want to succeed on your own terms. Being self-employed is not easy.

Being Your Own Boss

If you want to have true freedom in life you will need to be your own boss. You will need to create value for other people but you have to do it under your own personal name. If you work for a company there is nothing wrong with that, but you will create value under their name and brand, and not as much under yours. If you want to be your own boss you need to work for yourself and build your name in the community. You need to create intellectual property. If you are a writer, you need to write a book. A photographer should be taking thousands of photos, a musician should be writing hundreds of songs.

Many of the richest people in the world became that way by starting companies as founders or co-founders. Individuals such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates are among these people. If they had not started their own companies we would not have these large, wealth generating businesses that we have today. It pays to be your own boss.

Conclusion

It is not always possible to be your own boss if you are working a job but you can still try to find time to work on a side hustle business. It may end up being a full time self-employed job in a matter of time. Just never give up that entrepreneurial spirit to try to create a new company of your own. Remember, jobs can come and go, they can fire you. No one can fire a self-employed writer. No one can fire a freelance photographer. You might lose a particular gig here and there but no one can stop you from practicing your craft. Think about it.

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope I helped inspire you to life your live more on your terms. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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The Power of Planning Your Day

In this article I am going to write about a new time management strategy I am implementing starting today. The idea is that I am going to specifically plan out my day the night before so I have an exact agenda of what I want to accomplish that day. This way, less time is wasted wondering what I should be working on. You may already implement a strategy such as this. This article is for people who are interested in the benefits of such an approach.

The basic idea is to write out or enter into your smartphone exactly what you want to be doing tomorrow. For example, from 9:30 – 10:00 AM I will work on a blog post. From 10:00 – 11:00 I will work on a song. From 11:00 – 12:00 I will work on a YouTube video. Next, I will take a break for lunch, from 12:00-1:00 PM. After that, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, I will work on photography. You get the idea.

This way you always know ahead of time exactly what it is you’re supposed to be working on at that time. This is a technique for people who are busy but still have the ambition to do a large amount of activities.

Why plan out your day?

The reason I have started implementing this method is because it feels that I am wasting too much time doing things which are not productive. Instead of writing a blog post, I will be scrolling aimlessly through Twitter. Instead of working on music, sometimes I will get stuck just watching the news for hours. It’s good to ration some time for news consumption and social media, but when it takes over too much of your time it can be counterproductive.

Another lesson to be learned here is that if you find yourself doing too much of the same thing for too long, you’re probably doing something wrong. What I mean by that is, if you’re sitting and playing video games until from dusk until dawn, that’s not healthy. Try doing some other activities. A better day might have one hour of video games, one hour of exercise, one hour of reading, one hour of writing, one hour of doing housework, etc.

Why do so much in a day?

It’s a good idea to do a lot of different things in a day. It prevents you from being bored and it also increases your chances of success. Imagine if you spent years working on a book but never told anyone about it. You could have a masterpiece but it might be lost. I used to be very anti social media. Recently, I realized that you kind of need to engage on social media. Most other musicians and artists are doing so and if you do not do it then you may be left behind or forgotten about. However, do not spend so much time on social media that you neglect your art.

My main point is this. Do not do just one kind of activity in a day and think that’s all you have to do. Try to do many different things. If you are a musician, do a Podcast. If you are an artist, start a YouTube channel. Nowadays we need to try different things to get our message across. Don’t be forgotten about. Spend your time wisely.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie