How rejection can teach web freelancers to succeed in life

Sunday, September 16, 2012

How rejection can teach web freelancers to succeed in life

It is never easy for freelancers to succeed, for the simple reason that the nature of freelancer jobs is very insecure. Web Freelancers usually find it difficult to establish a benchmark, and that’s where they falter, unable to motivate themselves and push for major achievements, as they should.  This is a very crucial aspect, because many of these new entrants into the freelancing jobs field - quit, as they find the road to success leading nowhere. How will you succeed, when you don’t set goals for yourself? But before that you should try and figure out what will eventually make you establish goals. 

Fear of failure helps you to build goals

When I first entered the freelancing jobs field, I was quite excited. I was eager to make a mark, and made sure that I was committed to my task. Since, I was new, I was not aware of the intricacies of the trade, and that eventually led to all sorts of trouble. Some of my assignments got rejected, and that’s where fear of failure crept in. These sequences take place with every web freelancer in the beginning. 

You come across a phase, where you doubt your abilities and that hinders your progress towards your goals of major achievements. Your thoughts dwell on whether you should undertake new work, or probably, quit. You are not sure if the next assignments online will be accepted or rejected. Fear of failure can be compared to a chronic disease, because it doesn’t die that easily. It stays on your mind, and destroys your ability to work with any kind of freedom. And, if you don’t work with certain degree of freedom, you will not be able to put your best foot forward. 

Successful freelancers are those who try and learn the factors that have led fears to creep inside their head. Fear of failure is imminent, and every individual may have their own reasons for it, but it is important to find and fix reasons. And the best way to quench fear is to build goals. Your goals should revolve around your efforts to eliminate your fears of failure. By trying to eliminate the fear of failure, you are also gearing up to face rejection with a positive frame of mind.

Turn rejection into an asset

Some try and run away from rejection, and if you are one of them, then I am afraid, you have chosen the wrong profession. The more you run away from being rejected it is less likely that you will overcome your fears of failure. The most successful freelancers are those who have been rejected a lot. Their work has been thrown away by clients. Many of their contracts have never been renewed. They have also received a high number of negative feedback, but then you might wonder, what has made them successful - it’s their ability to learn from rejections. 

Online study has shown that rejection can open a floodgate of learning opportunities. If you believe that you can become a successful freelancer, learn to get rejected. Accept rejection and also learn about the factors that lead to rejection. Once you do that, jot down a plan to tackle those factors. The key is not to repeat factors that failed you. Rejection should be used as a learning tool, and as a stepping stone, so that you correct yourself, and plug the loopholes, and that’s how you turn it into an asset. Though, rejection never stop for a freelancer, no matter how good he is, but the onus lies on him on how he takes rejection in his strides, and overcome it.  

How correction leads to success

The benefits of correction are not just limited to educating oneself on what he should avoid, or what he should inculcate. But it also makes you more confident. You, as a web freelancer, know exactly what mistakes you had committed earlier, and how you have corrected them. The correction path had made you realize that you now have better skills and right framework of mind, which you did lack earlier. 

You also begin to work with greater freedom, which is again, a prerequisite for freelancing jobs success. The correction path eventually leads to psychological boost. However, to make the whole process effective, freelancers should learn to keep their focus intact. With better focus, it is much easier to pick the roots of failure, and just as a surgeon does, you should also outline the problem, and remove it from your system. 

Remember, it takes guts and courage to admit that ‘I was wrong, or I have failed’. The ego can make you stubborn, and you may simply refuse to budge and accept any sort of rejection. Think about it. How did you react the last time, when you failed to impress your client and your work was ultimately rejected? Did you felt insulted and decided never to work for that particular client again, or you took rejection as your mistake, and decided to find what went wrong, and rectify it. 

Continue accepting rejection and persist with corrective measures

Online study indicates that correction is not a onetime process; it is a never ending effort, exactly as rejection is. You might have corrected some of your past mistakes, but still, you are likely to commit more mistakes, which you probably never committed in the past. The beauty of online freelancing is that it is unpredictable, and even the clients are unpredictable. You will come across many clients from across the spectrum. You just don’t know how a particular client will react, and that leads to a possibility that you might confront a situation, where various clients reject you for different reasons. 

And, therefore, you need to continue to believe that there’s always a scope for improvement. Rejection by clients makes you more experienced, and you can use your experience and abstain from committing the same set of mistakes that you had committed in the past in completing assignments online. However, just because you are experienced, it doesn’t mean that you are perfect. No one can take things for granted in the freelancing jobs world just on the basis of past achievements. 

Mistakes are bound to occur. Successful freelancers are those who have perfected the art of accepting failures and rejections, and finding ways to overcome their fears of failure, and that’s where the road to success begins.

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