Freelance Camp Vancouver 2010: Pressure-Free Selling

Every Wednesday, I share five interesting blog posts from around the Internet. Let’s dive right into this week’s eclectic collection.

Kicking things off, we have Ray Ebersole discussing his experience with not “reaching for great” and falling into a state of complacency. He has since really turned his life around, earning his degree and broadening his horizons. Refusing to take the easy way out anymore, now he’s doing great. If you’re wondering why you will fail to have a great career, you should read his post and watch the embedded TED video from Larry Smith.

Next, we turn to a great post from Maria Popova that explores E.B. White’s thought process in writing Charlotte’s Web. White loved animals of all sorts, but publishers disagreed on his choice to have an “icky” spider as the main protagonist. He stood his ground, fought back, and ultimately produced one of the most influential children’s books of all time. You should check out The Annotated Charlotte’s Web for even more “over the shoulder” insight.

Fellow freelancer Thursday Bram has a habit of looking for excuses to work on the road. It’s something of a chicken-and-egg situation: she seeks out coworking spaces because she has work to do, but she also lines up work to do so that she can seek out cool coworking spaces. After all, a well-equipped coworking office is far more conducive to productivity than many of the “table and chair combinations most hotels manage to come up with.”

You’ll notice that I have a copyright notice at the bottom of this blog, because I want to make sure I am protecting my intellectual property rights. That said, I do share my Flickr images under a Creative Commons license. Most of us have some knowledge of how those work, but attorney-at-law Sara F. Hawkins is helping to clarify any confusion about the different Creative Commons licenses. What does it mean to give appropriate credit? What does it mean when the CC license includes a “share alike” designation?

And finally, we have a very simple yet very profound lesson from Anny Chih. If you’re not scared, you’re not doing it right. This is in line with Ray’s post about reaching for greatness, as cradling yourself well within the confines of your comfort zone will lead to nothing more than mediocrity. Stretching your limits can be frightening, but that’s how you know you’re “doing it right.”