Wow, what can I say but wow, it’s been an exciting month. I’ve started freelancing again, got a few clients who need some web programming. This time is going much better then the last time I tried freelancing.
Last time, I only managed to land one client, and despite my best efforts, that dried up. I think the economy wasn’t feeling the pinch at that time, so there was not as much need for my skills. Or maybe I wasn’t all that great a year and a half ago? Who knows.
I think that a large portion of my current success is due to the business lessons I learned in the last place I worked. Business lessons meaning:
- You can be an idiot and succeed if you have sufficient focus and resources. Intelligence can only take you so far, turning ideas into action is critical
- Confidence goes further towards trust then knowledge. Talking to people from a place where you know what you are doing and where they are coming from is much more valuable than the latest arcane knowledge.
- Social Capital is key. The people around you are your opportunities and limitations, take time to nurture these relationships.
- Don’t be afraid of risk, doing nothing is a choice you can’t afford to make.
I went to GnomeDex 08, and had some wonderful interactions there. If anyone reading this wants audio of any of the presentations, I have them archived, just email me. One of the most interesting aspects of that show was the audience participation. The room was full of macBooks (i was rocking my iBook) and over twitter and IRC the most vibrant discussion of the material was taking place.
It was truly a revolution of what education could be. Instead of a one-way street, one person communicating to many, you had a many-to-many conversation surrounding a subject matter. What if THIS is how school was? Wow. What a world that would be.
Anyway, I don’t really have a point with this, except to keep google noticing my blog, and that I put some content on it with some regularity. ;)
Drop a line sometime. I’m on skype at sean_canton.
If anyone wants to see my (in construction and welcoming feedback) freelance biz site, please visit: www.8isc.com