How to answer "What do you do" when you don't really know?

How to answer "What do you do" when you don't really know?

“How is it going”, you ask. “Great!”, “Couldn’t be better”, “Crushing it”, he says. “And what are you doing now? How is it going?”.

Pff, the pressure to be crushing it too...

So, what do you do when everything could be better? When all you want to answer is “I’ve got no f*cking clue!!!”.

Of course, there's no shame in that and please feel like you can. But wouldn’t it be great to have a way to answer the questions with confidence even when you feel completely incompetent?

My 10 fears that prevent me from making a decision or committing. And the story I choose to believe instead to empower action.

My 10 fears that prevent me from making a decision or committing. And the story I choose to believe instead to empower action.

Do you ever put off making a decision? Postpone taking action? I do. I know a lot of great excuses to make me feel like it's the smart thing to do. The resistance to it is quite clever. But in the end, it's usually one of these 10 fears that are holding me back.

The case for following your talent over passion. Love what you do, by doing what you’re good at.

The case for following your talent over passion. Love what you do, by doing what you’re good at.

Now, this might not be a popular opinion. But I'm here to make a case for simply and boringly following your talent instead of your passion!

Because it's clear how talent leads to enjoyment. It's less clear that enjoyment always leads to skill. 

Here are 11 reasons why it's much smarter, more joyful and sexier to do what you're good at, instead of what you're passionate about.

Stop trying to find your purpose, calling or passion! You're looking the wrong way! Try focusing on their origins instead.

Stop trying to find your purpose, calling or passion! You're looking the wrong way! Try focusing on their origins instead.

Find your Purpose. Find your Passion. Find your Calling. Or your Mission. And for good measure, go with the Flow. 

Pff, give me a break!

Finding Passion, Flow, Purpose, Calling and Mission. All these big words. All these things to find. I don't like it. Moreover, I think it's disempowering.

Why? Three reasons: (1) Size, (2) Metaphor and (3) Misdirection of attention.

Let me explain and give you a better approach. 

Pricing 3: Why freelance fees aren't as high when you compare them with the true costs of employees.

Pricing 3: Why freelance fees aren't as high when you compare them with the true costs of employees.

You charge what per hour?? The outcry you get when you share how much you charge to people who work a regular job. But what if these fees aren't as high as they seem? What if we would compare them to the true costs to the employer of that person? If we add all the costs and calculate the costs per hour, the freelancer fees seem way more reasonable.

Pricing 2: How to figure out what your hourly rate should be.

Pricing 2: How to figure out what your hourly rate should be.

There are roughly three ways to approach the price of your product. (1) Most logically is to base it on the value you deliver to the client. (2) To look at the price on the market for similar products. (3) And lastly, there is Cost-plus. To price your product or service based on what it costs you and put a margin on top of it. 

Pricing 1: How much do you need to charge to earn your income goal?

Pricing 1: How much do you need to charge to earn your income goal?

Pricing is foundational to your business. You sell products. And products have a price. Now, what do you need to price in order to make your income goals? This posts breaks down exactly that. 

It's the first part of a series on pricing. Going further in internal budgeting, value and perception, and whether you should ever work for free.

Turning the tables on procrastination with these 20 tactics

Turning the tables on procrastination with these 20 tactics

We’ve all been there. We know we should be working on this project. We know we should start writing this paper. But! We want to check our email or Facebook. Or we suddenly want to clean the house. And don’t get me started on YouTube. In this blog I'll give 20 tactics to turn the table and get to work.