How Adaptable are You?
Adaptability. The world of freelancing, the gig economy, the makerspace economy, and the best-laid plans of synergistic offline and online businesses, services, and retailers all have one thing in common: adaptability. It is the link holding this whole crazy chain together. Because, to quote Ferris Bueller, “The world moves pretty fast. If you don’t look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
From Bricks to Clicks and Back Again
Turning on a Dime. Another phrase for adaptability. Flexibility. The ability to change, as needed or as desired, with the times. Even Amazon has done it. The online retail giant is opening brick-and-mortar bookstores. Remember those places you could hang out with other readers, read a few pages of a book, feel and smell the mustiness which doesn’t seem to evaporate even now, and bask in the silent delight of new knowledge. Solitary endeavors are old. We seek out new people, new places.
Small towns in America are finding their centers again. Quite literally, their town center. The updated general store where people meet and talk, where there might only be a few USB plugs for your laptop. A place where you’re encouraged to talk to real people about work and life.
As a former Freelancer….
I’m actually waiting for this term to go out of style. The term “free lance” began in the Middle Ages and meant simply, a knight who had no particular allegiances to a king. The only difference between “free lance” then was – will work for the highest bidder and now is – will work for lowest bidder.
I don’t mean to say that anyone who calls themself a freelancer will actually work for the lowest bidder, though some do, but that it is perception from those who don’t know or understand. Thankfully, there are those building awareness and legislation now exists in New York due to the efforts of the Freelancer’s Union and their #Freelanceisn’tFree Campaign.
But I digress.
Adaptability: How Being Adaptable Carved an Unexpected Niche
If you previously followed my personal blog, you’d know how much I love to read. I take my time writing. But, I am a speed reading demon thanks to a 6th-grade speed reading class. So, when my eyes are glazed over from writing 3000-5000 words a day or a week, I take a quick catnap or cook or head to the gym – whatever – just to get my head out of the game for a bit. Then, I pick up a book.
Our third week per month daily Book Review posts lead to several authors reaching out to me to have them read and review their books. Some paid, some unpaid. Recently, a publishing house reached out. And I learned yesterday, one of the review companies I read for has named me a VIP Reader. Pretty cool!
But, these posts have lead to more than that – several university students have reached out for help and guidance on their academic papers, another is being coached in starting their own copywriting business, and recently someone reached out for editing prices. Even an upcoming interview for another ghostwriting project. Super excited to see what I learn about this year! Ghostwriting is one of the best ways to learn something new. More on that in another post.
Some projects I’ve taken on have lead to new avenues I never expected. Some projects have been too overwhelming and I learned what I’m not good at. But, it all boils down to one thing which has opened up regular and unusual paths. Adaptablity.
So, how adaptable are you? What have you done you thought you’d never find yourself doing? What unexpected paths do you find yourself on this year? Please feel free to reach out via the comments below or send a direct message.
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