5 Writers On Recession
- Recession And The Freelance Writer at Get Paid to Write Online – some cautions, but general optimism.
- Writing and thriving in the looming recession by fab freelancer Angela Booth.
- Recession-Proof Your Freelance Writing Business which shows how you can actually benefit in hard times.
- How to Easily Find Freelance Writing Jobs in a Recession, which among other suggestions has one of my favorites – change your mindset.
- Going freelance in a down economy – could be the best time to make the switch.
Change You Mindset
I’ve always done well with my freelance writing career during recessions, and I’ve lived long enough to have gone through a few. When I look back and when I look at now, it seems that my “secret” is in my attitude. At some level I simply don’t believe that the world’s economy has a direct effect on me. Oh sure, it may mean my dollar buys less – it does, but somehow even that doesn’t automatically mean to me that it’s harder to earn those dollars, and even earn more of them.
Some will accuse me of fuzzy thinking, and they may be right. I do believe, however, that my thinking, my feelings, my attitudes somehow has a great deal to do with how my life works. I don’t pretend to understand this completely, or maybe even at all.
Although there is probably some truth about the law of attraction, presentations like The Secret seem too full of hype and over simplification for my taste and my experience.
For me it’s more about being grateful for what I have right now. For example, I’ll often count off 108 things I’m grateful for. (I use a set Buddhist mala beads which happen to have 108 beads – nothing magic in the number at all.) That sets me up for the day to be appreciative pretty much no matter what happens.
I’ll turn off the news when it gets too discouraging. Not having a TV really helps with this I’m sure. I know that if I start thinking negatively and with fear, my life simply doesn’t work as well as it does when I have a genuinely positive attitude. I can’t fake it, but I can, when I dig deeply, find it.
Ultimately, however, I’ve come to trust what I sometimes call G*d, or the Source, or the Divine has, does, and will continue to support me. It is that numinous other that I sometimes don’t even believe in, yet trust. And when I can trust in gratitude it works for me. Writing clients appear, and so does the money I need to live a nice lifestyle.
Okay this is pretty far a field from the usual conversation we have around here. How about you? How are the economic conditions affecting you?
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