Failure Isn't an Option (Welcome to the Freelance Grind)

Failure Isn’t an Option (Welcome to the Freelance Grind)

This post was originally published January 19, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on April 18, 2016.

A few weeks ago, I sent an honest and heartfelt message to my mailing list. The subject line of that email broadcast was:

I Want Your Input!! (Please Reply)

And, without republishing the entire message, the crux of it was — and I quote — this:

I want to know what I can do, publish or create that can help you either…

  1. Make the decision to quit your job and start freelancing full-time, or
  2. Take your existing freelance business to the next level.

Seriously, reply to this email and let me know.

Now, it’s important to note that my mailing list is almost entirely made up of new freelancers, or people who are thinking of quitting their job to freelance in the near future.


Subscribe now and get free and instant access to my secret download page. You’ll be able to choose from countless resources to take your freelancing to the next level.

And to be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed by the responses I received.

A number of my subscribers asked for…

But the one response I got — more than any other — was,

“How do I get over the fear of failure?”

And that — frankly — just isn’t a topic I’ve thought about tackling on my blog recently.

Going back more than a year, I used to publish motivational posts on my blog quite regularly. You may have encountered a few of them if you have reviewed my archived content.

I’m not exactly sure why I stopped.

Perhaps I felt the comment and share counts on those older posts didn’t justify continuing in that direction.

But I guess now — given that I re-branded my blog at the start of the year to serve up-and-coming freelancers — would be a great time to resurrect one of those motivational posts.

So put on your running shoes, because I’m about to give you a workout.

Whether you’re training to run a race or building your own online, service-based business, you have to decide once and for all that…

Failure Just Isn’t an Option

So, you want to quit your job to freelance, huh?

Welcome to the freelance grind.

It’s important that you know what you’re in for when you’re just starting out.

Watch this…

(…no, seriously! Watch it. Now. Don’t continue reading this post until you have watched this entire video!)

See, a lot of your friends and family may have already turned back or given up on their entrepreneurial race.

Things got difficult.

Life got hard.

Unexpected challenges and resistance arose.

And the distance became too painful to endure.

Life got hard. Unexpected challenges and resistance arose. And the distance became too painful to endure.Click To Tweet

As you contemplate leaving the safety of your 9-to-5 job, those friends and family members will emerge, each with their own horror stories… each hoping to change your mind.

They will be sure to remind of you what to expect…

  • A definitive uncertainty when you start.
  • Financial insecurity in the early days.
  • Long days and endless hours.
  • Countless rejected pitches.
  • Difficult clients.

But pay them no mind.

For you, failure isn’t an option.

It isn’t even part of your lexicon.

And it certainly isn’t a concept you are prepared to introduce to your reality, no matter how difficult the freelancing journey will become.

The thing is, you’re headed upstream.

And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable, what’s safe, and what some would call common sense, well, that’s day one. From there, it only gets tougher. So just make sure this is something you want, because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away.

Building a successful business will force you out of complacency, onto your feet, and moving well beyond the safety of your comfort zone.

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

But you also know that with risk comes great rewards. The finish line promises:

  • The freedom to be in complete control of your business
  • The flexibility to work where and when you chose
  • And the financial independence of a significant and recurring monthly income

After all, anything worth having never comes easy.

And you know that.

Just remember that nobody who has ever run a race crossed the finish line to say, “I wish I wouldn’t have run as hard.”

The truth is that we only regret the work that we didn’t put in.

Those who turn back know only the ordeal, but those who persevere remember the adventure.
Milo Arnold

I mean, what’s the alternative?

To safely return to your desk job in corporate America? Counting down the days until you retire?

No thanks.

  • This is your race.
  • Your time.
  • And your adventure.

Leave the illusion of safety behind.

After all, the opinion of others isn’t going to carry you over the finish line.

Leave the illusion of safety behind. After all, the opinion of others isn't going to carry you over the finish line.Click To Tweet

It’s all up to you and your level of commitment.

It comes down to how far you are willing to push the limits of your own capabilities.

Because sooner or later, we all experience pain:

There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Jim Rohn

It’s your reaction to that pain that makes you a champion.

It's your reaction to pain that makes you a champion.Click To Tweet

And your determination to succeed against all odds.

Because the real truth of the matter is that you can do this.

Millions before you — and millions more to come — are ready to leave behind their jobs and pursue something bigger and better.

And you can, too.

Yes — you!

Ignore the naysayers.

Because you’re going to quickly discover that there are thousands — millions? — of freelancers already succeeding online and willing to help you get started.


I’d be happy to help. Let me send you some free resources.

In other words, becoming your own boss means you get to run this race for yourself, but not by yourself.

So make the decision.

Choose to aggressively chase your goals with every ounce of strength, passion, and bravery it took to conjure them in the first place. And when you emerge victorious, you can hold your head high, knowing that you are forever changed.

Because while others took the path of least resistance, you pressed onward in the face of adversity.

For you, failure isn’t an option.

16 thoughts on “Failure Isn’t an Option (Welcome to the Freelance Grind)

  1. Hello Brent, first of all let me thank you for this fluent article. I am a part time freelancer and working for a MNC but I am not happy with my job actually, there is lot of pressure of work on me. And on the other part, I am good in social marketing as I’ve worked on many company projects of social marketing, I’ve good knowledge of java and php so why not make freelancing my full time work.
    I am in touch with your blog from last few days and read your many posts, I feel that you are a genius freelancer and I think except you, no one could help me in making decision to it, I hope you will write few lines for me in reply, I would be glad to add that you are great guy and you are doing a great work, keep it up..


    • Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for commenting!

      You mentioned that you’re a part-time freelancer… what’s holding you back from diving into your freelance career full-time?

      What sorts of services do you offer? Are you a freelance social media marketer?

      I appreciate your kind words.



  2. Powerful article Brent, Thanks
    I think the thing holding me back from going full time is the income. My day job provides a pretty decent income and I would like to have at least half of that coming in from freelancing before I go full time. Money is a powerful motivator when bills need to be paid.
    A big problem I run into is keeping motivated after working long hours every day. 5 hours sleep a day will wear you down and your video woke me up this morning. Thanks Brent.


    • Hi there, Terry!

      Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts.

      Have you checked out my about page by chance?

      I quit my job to freelance back in 2014. And I didn’t exactly leave behind a would-you-like-fries-with-that job. I was paid very well, and my job wasn’t overly demanding. Most people thought I was nuts. I had no clients to begin with, no revenue coming in, and I wasn’t sure if I had any skills that could be marketed online.

      I published the full story a ways back in this post:

      Should You Quit Your Job? I Think So — Here’s Why…

      Long story short, I held on to my day job until I got my mortgage approved on my first home, and then handed in my resignation the same day. Crazy, right?

      But the main reason I did it that way is because I knew I couldn’t do what you’re doing. I couldn’t do the ‘side hustle’ thing. It’s just not in my personality. I’m either all-in or all-out, but I tend not to thrive when my focus is split in multiple directions.

      Five hours of sleep each day will most definitely wear you down.

      But so will working a job that doesn’t fulfill you.

      I don’t know the details of your particular situation, so I can’t offer you much in the way of specifics. But if you want to chat, drop me a line sometime.



      PS: Glad you liked the video! It’s awesome, eh? Always gets me fired up.

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