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Link Love 10/19/12

2012 October 19
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week.  Enjoy!]


Big failure, big success. 12 people to keep you going.
: Oprah was fired from one of her early anchor gigs, after being labelled “unfit for TV.”

: Tim Ferriss had 26 publishing rejections for The 4-Hour Workweek – which spent months on The New York Times Bestseller list.

: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer had 9 rejections from literary agents, and then…a $750,000 three-book deal……..
~Danielle LaPorte


Why You Need to Start Now [Infographic]
When should I start?

That’s simple. Dustin (& the rest of us here at PTE) thinks you should start now.

Yes, now.

Not tomorrow. Not next Soltstice. Not when the kids are grown up & out of the nest.


So with this new graphic, we implore you — beg you! — to make use of your fantastic talents & put your genius out into the world. We encourage you to say “Fuck you!” (or something a bit more graceful) to the obstacles & wave your hand at would-be challenges. You’ve got a mission to complete. Nothing can stand in your way. Nothing ever should.
~infographic by Dustin Lee at Paid to Exist


5 Freelancing Lessons I Learned the Hard Way: Avoid These Career-Killers
Several years back, I was freelancing full-time. Or trying to.

With hindsight, I’ve realized I made several mistakes.

Some of them doubtless contributed to my return to full-time staff employment.

If I ever again attempt full-time freelancing, I’ll keep these lessons in mind:
~guest post by Erika Dreifus of Practicing Writing at Make a Living Writing


Want to Create Something Amazing? It Starts With One Big Step
Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull started working on their legendary space jump in 2005, and didn’t actually make the jump until this week in 2012.

It took seven years to perfect the net. To work out the kinks and understand all the angles.

Realize that the net can never give you 100% certainty.

Jump anyway.

It’s a hell of a ride.
~Sonia Simone at Copyblogger


A Dozen Delusions
It’s very important to be honest, but we all have those little things we tell ourselves that we know probably aren’t completely accurate. I hesitate to call them “lies,” as that implies some sort of deliberate manipulation, so perhaps calling them “delusions of grandeur” would be a bit more accurate.

With that said, I have included short list of the things I tell myself without entirely believing.
~Abby Heugel at Abby Has Issues

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  • Abby Heugel

    Thank you again for the Link Love. I always feel like I’ve won some sort of award ;)

    • Cordelia

      Always my pleasure. I love giving my readers something to smile about at the end of the week.

      (Plus I relate to one too many (or more) of those delusions!)

  • Erika D.

    Thanks so much for including my guest post on Make a Living Writing!

    • Cordelia

      You’re quite welcome. Thank YOU for the lessons! As a newbie freelancer, they were good to hear.