Last December, I left the corporate world to pursue a career being a freelancer.
It wasn't until March that I landed a long-term gig thanks to a friend's recommendation.
One of the most important things I realized amidst the refusals and failed interviews was that my hard skills were raw.
In the world of work (especially in the world of freelancing), you need both hard skills (like accounting and programming) to get things done and soft skills (like leadership and organizing) to get things done easier.
But, first things first. You need to get things done. That's why you have to develop your hard skills first. You can read more about this in greater detail here.
In Chris Guillebeau's new book, Born for This, he talks about mastering the right skills to find the work that you were meant to do. He offers some advice on how to discover and hone your main skills and your related skills. Yes, when you know how to do something, there's a big chance that you know something else related to it.
The advance copy of the book came at the perfect time for me. It came at the time when I was making a huge decision on what hard skill to pursue. If it weren't for Chris's new book, I wouldn't be the freelance technical writer I am today (the next step in my career).
That's why I owe a lot to Chris and his new book. (Yes, that's why we're celebrating a Chris Guillebeau Week on the blog. And no, I'm not earning anything from this. I'm just a huge fan.)
This is Day 5 of 6 of our Chris Guillebeau Week. This week, we celebrate the launch of Chris’ new book, Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do. You can order the book at: bornforthisbook.com.