#218: The Grown Ups Have Left the Building

In his 2012 keynote address to the University of the Arts, author Neil Gaiman said:

“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”

Many of my coaching clients come to me looking for specific answers, steps and formulas. They want to be told what to do.

There’s a place for that, of course. And I take great pride in breaking the complex into simple steps.

But I also find that many of these writers are scared to take chances.

They spend a lot of time worrying about how things SHOULD be done.

But there is no SHOULD as the owner of your own writing business.

Which means you can chart your own course.

In this short podcast episode, I encourage writers to take a chance and rewrite their own rulebook.

The notes that follow are a very basic, unedited summary of the show. There’s a lot more detail in the audio version. You can listen to the show using the audio player below. Or you can subscribe in iTunes to get this show delivered straight to the Podcasts app on your smart phone, tablet or iPod.


Rewriting your rulebook will be different for everyone.

Want to position yourself as a consultant and not a writer? Go for it.

What to stop being shopped around? Tell prospects you don’t work that way.

Want to start offering workshops as a side hustle? Do it.

Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to pursue your ideas.

Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to pursue your ideas.

Invest some of your time and energy into those ideas and see what’s viable.

As a business owner, you owe it to yourself to make decisions that your traditionally employed colleagues can only dream of.

Otherwise, you’re squandering your opportunities.

The grown ups have left the building; you’re in charge now.

So go for it.


Plus … whenever you’re ready, here are 4 ways I can help you grow your freelance business:

1.  Grab a free copy of my book for ESTABLISHED writers/copywriters.

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2.  Download a free copy of my new book for writers who are NEW to freelancing.

I’ll show you the 3 things you need to do to get your business off the ground safely and land your first paying client faster.  — Click Here

3.  Join my implementation program and be a case study.

I’m putting together a new implementation group this month. If you’d like to work with me to grow your income quickly with better clients (and become one of my new success stories). Just email me at [email protected] and put “Case Study” in the subject line.

4.  Work with me privately.

If you’re a 6-figure writer who’s trying to earn more in less time, with less stress, I might be able to help you get there faster than you think. Email me at [email protected] … put “Breakthrough” in the subject line and I’ll get back to you with more details.