Now is my turn to do the exercises, in public. Remember, speak up. Speak out.

Are you a freelancer who want to move up?

I am an emerging freelancer. And I definitely want to move up!

1. What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)

My goal is to find ways to add value to my tribe.

Learning, helping others and public speaking are the things that bring me the biggest joy in life.

I want to be a speaker, an author, and a change maker. In other words a generous teacher.

2. Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?

I am figuring this out. I am looking for my topics. The audience and the problem I want to help them solve.

I know that the only way to find them is by trying different things. One of the ways I am doing that, is through this blog and my soon to be released podcast.

I have a strong feeling that my topics have to do with finding ways to make things better.

3. How much risk? (from 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?

I have to admit that I am afraid. I don’t have things figured out and that is scary to me. That is why I would say 8-9.

But I learned that you are scared when you are about to make something that is really important to you.

And I am learning to tell my lizard brain, “thanks for the advice, but we are doing this anyway!”

I don’t know how to get there yet, but I know that I want to do this!

4. How much work are you willing to do to get there? Be specific about the tradeoffs.

Whatever it takes! For the past 4 years, I have been deeply learning, practicing and exploring the fascinating world of public speaking.

Now I am developing the habit of creating something new every day. Whether it is a blog post, a Podcast episode, a video or a speech. Always keeping in mind the goal of always finding ways to add value to my tribe and get better at my craft.

5. Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?


6. Is it possible — has anyone with your resources ever pulled off anything like this?

Ryan Avery. World Champion of Public Speaking. Worldwide keynote speaker, author, dreams achiever, great spouse, great father… 29 years old. He is the person I am looking up to.

And I look up to my heroes, Simon Sinek and Seth Godin.

I hope this helps you to move up!

In the previous blog post, you can find the assignment.

And when in doubt remember these words: “I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is Yes.” ― Leonard Bernstein 

[This is an assignment from a course by Seth Godin for freelancers who want to move up. With his consent, feel free to duplicate and share. Thanks Seth!]