Let’s take a moment and think about something. You’ve written your first, or maybe tenth, article and you’ve sent it to your client. Maybe they do not like what you’ve sent and you’re not given the chance to fix it. Maybe you ended up with a client that you worked for but they never paid you and now you have no way to recoup the lost time and money they owe.
Perhaps you totally failed on one of your assignments and you’re not sure if the relationship with your client can be repaired. I’ve had several of these happen to myself as a freelance writer and it’s hard to get over failure. Maybe you’re like me and have even been passed by for jobs for no apparent reason. Here are some ways I use to help me get over failure like this.
It’s Not The End of the World
Even though it feels like it at the time, it’s not the end of your world. You will get up tomorrow and have more opportunities to repair what was damaged or even find new clients. I have to remind myself of this when things go wrong and I totally feel as if I failed in some way.
It’s Not Always Your Fault
You can totally feel as if you failed your client when in reality, it had nothing to do with you and everything to do with something on their end of the relationship. Sometimes clients do not properly budget for a project and they may have to stop progress. That is not a failure on your part but on theirs. Remember it isn’t always that you did something wrong and you can’t beat yourself up over it.
Take Time Away
Sometimes you really have bombed an assignment or something went wrong and a break is just what you need. I know I’ve had times where I really felt like a failure and getting away from the situation for just a few hours has helped me gain new perspective. Take a walk around your neighborhood or go spend time with your favorite book. You can even just go shopping for some retail therapy to help clear your mind and get yourself motivated again.
Don’t Ever Stop
Just because you failed at something, does not mean you should give up. When it comes to freelance writing, you may fail several times before you land the right job or client. When you do land that client, you’re going to be so excited you didn’t give up over one or two failures in the past. How will you ever know if you can succeed if you stop after one failure or disappointment?
These are just a few ways I help myself get over a failure in my freelance writing career. Although I’m only in my 20’s, I have felt like a failure many times when it comes to finding clients. I always feel as if something is wrong with me or my writing, when in reality, it’s just not the right timing for that client. Keep your head up and remember that you need to keep moving forward!