Beyond the Rhetoric


Posts Tagged ‘work ethic’

What’s Up Wednesdays: Putting in Work

May 21st, 2014

You may know Stephen Fung from the work that he does with Futurelooks, but he’s also an active advisory board member at a local school. Indeed, he has been working with the Douglas College marketing students for the last couple of years, helping them understand website and social media management. For their practicums, Stephen has […]

Productivity: The Conundrum of Keeping Focus or Moving On

September 10th, 2013

As a freelance writer with multiple clients, I am constantly juggling multiple projects. Some of these are more time-sensitive than others, but if you were to ask any of my clients, they would likely tell you that their project should naturally take priority. So, when I sit down in front of the computer each day, […]

Sunday Snippet: Stephanie Dickison

September 1st, 2013

“Being a writer is a lot like being a chef – each day you get up and try to create something new while maintaining the stuff that you have to crank out every day. They are careers you only pursue because it is something that is inside you – otherwise you would not be able […]

Sunday Snippet: Anatole France (1844 – 1924)

July 7th, 2013

“Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.” If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s a statement that most of us have heard far too many times, but it’s not terribly realistic for most people. Even […]

Sunday Snippet: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

March 31st, 2013

“To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary: nature, study and practice.” What does it take to be successful? We hear about these people who are earning millions of dollars doing Hollywood movies, playing professional sports or running hugely popular companies, but how did they get there? Even on […]

Does Music Help or Hurt Productivity?

March 14th, 2013

This post is geared mostly toward us freelancers who work from our home offices, but it could just as easily apply to someone who works in a more conventional office setting. Most people would agree that they love music, even if they prefer different genres and styles, but what exactly is the relationship between music […]

Sunday Snippet: Bishop Richard Cumberland (1631-1718)

March 3rd, 2013

“It is better to wear out than to rust out.” I’ve written several times before about the importance of finding life-work balance. We all would probably agree that it is worthwhile to pursue your life’s passions and do what you need to do to pay the bills, but there is also something to be said […]

Freelance Rates and Non-Billable Hours

June 28th, 2012

One of the struggles that many beginning freelancers face is determining their hourly rate. They may be coming from a more conventional job where they earned a steady salary or a set hourly wage, but those figures don’t translate directly into the freelance environment. When you are in business for yourself, you have many other […]