You cannot measure freelancer success the way you do corporate

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  1. I do not have the same priorities in life as “suchandsuch” person.
  2. Unlike them, I do not have a heap of loans and bills to pay off.
  3. I do not own a vehicle or a house. I still live with my parents.
  4. I can afford the luxury of working for free and building a knowledge base (on here) as a freelancer till the money starts rolling in, unlike “suchandsuch”, who already lives in another city paying rent.
  5. I do not have the same aspirations as them: starting a family and having kids, and the yada yada yada of materialistic stuff that’s required to facilitate that lifestyle. What am I gonna do making six figures? Eat all the food and buy all the clothes? My present (limited)income allows me to do that and let’s me follow my passion, which is trekking and wilderness exploration.
  6. I’m not materialistic. I’m quite the minimalist actually. I might buy clothes once or twice a year, and rarely shop online.
  7. I purchase experiences (see my bio) and not things. Which is well within the budget of what I earn from my side gig. (If my parents heard about the ungodly amounts of money some of my friends splurge on parties and materialistic stuff, they’d probably faint)
  8. I don’t constantly fly internationally like they do. Nor do I aspire to do so. The last time I took a flight was 6 years ago.

“I’ve got friends who hustle. I zoomed with one last week. She’s working on all kinds of projects. Just talking to her made me want a nap. She doesn’t have any kids. She’s had a very different pandemic.”

“The in-vogue toxic hustle culture has morphed pulling 12–14 hour workdays into a brag-worthy thing. Not only is this unproductive, but also counter-productive.

Short and incredibly focused bursts of work easily beat long near burn-out ones. The research is clear on this. Such a style of working is also manifold better for your long-term mental health and energy.”

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I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.

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Akash

Akash

I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.

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