A note from Preston: Hey everyone, today I am excited to announce that Brent Galloway is joining the official writing staff for GraphicDesignBlender.com!
Brent has written a lot of great content in the past and offered a fantastic post here at GDB just a matter of months ago.
I’m excited to have him join our team! As a freelance designer, Brent will bring some excellent experiences, solutions, and advice to our conversations. After reading his post today, be sure to give him a warm welcome by leaving a comment!
Now to you, Brent…
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Freelancing can be an absolute dream job – unfortunately many who try freelancing end up failing.
Why is that?
Either those who try don’t try hard enough, or they think they gave it their all, but never took any real risks.
We all have an ultimate dream for our career. Whether you want to run your own design firm, publish your own book, or sell your own products – we all desire growth in some way.
The key to real growth is to take real risks. (tweetable)
That requires you to step out of your comfort zone and not let fear hold you back.
This is me, stepping out of my comfort zone
I was never good at writing – heck, a few years ago I’d never imagine that I’d be where I am.
I’m not afraid to admit that I am not the best writer, but yet here I am writing for you.
I’ve been given this wonderful opportunity to work with GDB to write content.
I took on this opportunity with a fear and doubt about my writing: “Maybe I’m not good enough.” or “What if I can’t deliver the amount of right content?”
Even though I have this fear I know that if I fail, it’ll be a great learning experience.
What better way to improve on my writing skills and connect with others than to take on an opportunity like this?
Like you’ve probably heard before, learn from your mistakes.
Here I am—taking a leap of faith and stepping out of my comfort zone to improve on my writing and to make a connection with you.
I made a promise to myself this year…
With so many ideas to bring to life, I knew that this year I had to make time for my own projects.
I’ve had a lifelong dream to produce my own products and to get them into other people’s hands.
I didn’t have much knowledge or experience in manufacturing, production, and order fulfillment.
How am I to execute such a large task? More importantly, how am I going to make the time to learn?
It’s a scary thing to take time away from doing your usual client work – but that’s the uncomfortable part about it.
There are these fears that hold us back from executing our ideas, and the only thing you can do is take action!
That’s what I did – I made the time to research.
I made the time to learn.
And it has paid off!
Just a few months ago it was just an idea, and today I’m currently running my own Kickstarter to fund the first run of my own products!
If you want to see the work, leave a comment and I’ll share the link so you can take a look.
I want to show that I learned, grew and executed what was just an idea.
I set the fear aside and took action.
I can honestly say, learning all of this new information and gaining all of the experience along the way is well worth the risk.
Now’s your chance
Do you have an idea that you’ve always wanted to execute, but have had the fear to take action?
I can assure you that if you put the fear aside, you can only grow from the experience.
You’ll never know unless you try.
If you have a story about how you overcame fear and stepped out of your comfort zone, please share in the comments!Written by Brent Galloway Brent Galloway is a passionate freelance graphic designer living in Ohio, who loves creating and experimenting with both the web and print. You can connect with Brent on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, follow his design work on Dribbble, or visit his website.