Thanks for allowing me some space this month to rethink a few things. I’d still LOVE any thoughts about what you want to get out of this publication (here’s the link to my 2-minute survey.)
The big news is that I’m going to be launching a Hustler’s Manifesto podcast in March. I’ve been collaborating with my good friend Leah Meyers on The Freelance Revolution Podcast for the last year or so. We’re both taking our businesses in slightly different directions, so I’ll be rebranding it to be a broader look at work in line with many of the topics I cover here. It will be posted on all of the major podcast platforms and I’ll post it early here for my Substack subscribers. So keep an eye out for that next month. You can hear all about this transition in our farewell episode here.
The smaller news is that I’m working on codifying the actual Manifesto, which will be a living post that I’ll update regularly as my thinking continues to evolve around the Hustler as an archetype. That will be out shortly after the March Space Weather Forecast.
I think that’s it for now. I appreciate you all. Here’s your rundown for February.
What I’m Reading
For some reason, I always thought Seth Godin got a lot of hype and I was skeptical about whether his content was good enough to justify it. This month I read Purple Cow and Tribes…and I’m officially a convert. Godin has such an approachable, authentic, and unique way of writing. His books are also full of real-life examples that illustrate all of the lessons he is teaching. Both books gave me a lot to think about for my own content and branding.
Tribes in particular helped me get past some of the imposter syndrome I’ve been feeling lately around my authority to speak about topics in this space. As Godin says, "Skill and attitude are important. Authority is not." He also vindicated my instincts for starting a “manifesto”, which he describes as one of the key elements for starting a “micromovement.”
"In order to lead, you must challenge the status quo of the religion you're living under."
- Seth Godin
Failing upwards - Anna Burgess Yang
Constructive Uncertainty - Sunsama Blog (Sunsama is my FAVORITE task management tool and they have a great blog. And no, I don’t get any kickbacks for saying that.)
Upwork is revamping its business model to support full-time hiring - Fast Company
The Time Trap of Productivity - More To That Blog
Me, Out In the Wild
I’ll be hosting a workshop for Philanthroforce on March 24: How to make sure every client project is a good fit up front.
Have you ever landed an awesome client only to find out that it is actually a terrible fit? Have you had an awesome discovery call, written a killer proposal, and then been ghosted out of nowhere? During this workshop, learn the questions to ask upfront that will help you land the ideal clients and spot the nightmare ones from a mile away.
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The Rockstar Podcast: 6-Figure Freelancing: Proven, Sustainable Strategies with Sarah Duran
You Are Buzzworthy Podcast: Is Your Project Management Costing or Making You Money?
[Blogs/Resources] The Freelancers Union Tax Center
[Article] Steal This Best-Selling Author's 3-3-3 Method for Managing Your Time
[Free workshop] Manage Your Freelance Personal Finances With Inflation or Recession
[Blog] 7 Science-Backed Actionable Tips to Improve Your Focus (And Get More Done)
Hustlers in the News
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