“life is so much simpler when you stop explaining yourself and just do what works for you”
This is a funny one for me, well funny in the sense that it’s peculiar within a certain context. I’ve been beating my head against a wall with a particular client lately, wondering why it’s so challenging to work with them. I’m hungry for feedback and some recognition from them. These are not in their make up to give, or so it seems. Furthermore, I’ve accepted feedback from a friend who knows them well and has interpreted their feelings for me. The truth is that I know he means well, but really doesn’t have a full grasp of what’s going on. This isn’t a criticism of him, as much as it’s a signpost that I’m avoiding getting real feedback from the client. The question is why.
They haven’t ever asked me to justify the quality of the writing I’m doing for them. They have made a remarkably small amount of demands on what I’m doing. I have made one big mistake though. I’ve to date said yes to every request, without looking into it. Some of the things they want me to write about are based on misinformation they got, or such an unclear request, that I find I can’t professional give the quality I want. I need to start saying that I’ll consider the request and get back to them with questions that when answered will allow me to stay true to the quality I want to deliver. I can’t say yes out of fear of the work drying up. I have to stay true to my convictions and the work of that level will come.
This quote brought these thought up, but it also reminded me to trust my instincts. I haver a knot in my gut about this and a screaming-cheering inner voice telling me this should be my only focus right now. So, trust yourself, Mario. It has never done less than helped you grow!