Since we’re celebrating the International Women’s Day, we’re sharing these words from 10 of the world’s most influential women to inspire and motivate you in your freelance career.
Actress, filmmaker, humanitarian
Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.
You hold the reins in your freelance business. If your biggest fear is not winning enough projects or losing your current clients, let go of your fear and realign your strategies. Whatever happens to your business is all up to you.
Do what you were born to do. You just have to trust yourself.
Believe that you were born to make amazing things happen. Every project awarded to you gives you the opportunity to bring change to other people’s lives — the employer who hired you, those who will use the product, and your loved ones.
HTC Chief Executive Officer
It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels, and to know that we must keep learning and observing.
Even if you’ve been freelancing for more than a decade now, you will always have something new to learn. Trends evolve. The way we do things changes over time. You’ve got to keep up and offer solutions to the ever-changing problems in the world.
Chief International Correspondent for CNN
I quickly decided to turn loss and failure into my driving force.
Blunders happen from time to time. They’re normal part of our work life. And when these things happen, you should not put too much energy contemplating on what had gone wrong. Instead, focus on the solution and strive to do better next time.
Former United States Secretary of State
Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on.
Life as a freelancer isn’t always a bed of roses. There could be months of freelance drought. Your family may have told you to go find a 9-to-5 job instead. If you believe that it’s just a bump on the road, then you know what to do — do not stop because you can and will survive.
Novelist, screenwriter, film producer
You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good. That's just how it is. It's like learning an instrument. You've got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot. That's just part of the learning process. And read a lot. Reading a lot really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.
You learn. You fail. You try again. That’s how it goes for all of us. Continue learning and make reading a habit. There’s one big world to discover if you read every day.
Former First Lady of the United States
Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives.
You don’t measure success based on the amount of money you have in your bank account. Success is always sweeter when you’re able to help many people turn their dreams into reality; when you know that there are businesses that made it big because of the websites you’ve developed for them; when all the projects you’ve done left a mark in other people’s lives.
Talk show host, producer, philanthropist
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Every chance you get to work on a project, big or small, is an opportunity to share your expertise and create something meaningful. All the good things you do now will bring you to a much better place tomorrow.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer, founder of Leanin.org
Done is better than perfect.
You’ve got the perfect idea on what to do for the project awarded to you. You can already picture how fantastic it would become. Unless you get it done, perfection is nothing.
I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.
If you remind yourself every day that you can rise above the ordinary, great things will unfold. Employers want to work with the best freelancers. Continue doing your best on your projects. Strive to get impressive reputation and reviews. Every time you bid is a moment to shine and prove that you’re the right one for the job.
Hope you get the motivation you needed today to bid or work on awesome projects. To the female members of our growing community, Happy Women’s Day!