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July 9, 2018

What a super gorilla can teach you about getting freelance work

I watched Rampage for the first time, last night.

It’s the one with The Ro… I mean Dwayne John– I mean The Rock… or whatever the hell he wants to be called now. And the super serum that turns his monkey friend into King Kong.

Anyway, there’s this stretch in the movie.

Ol’ DJ’s trying to tell all these govt people what they should do.

And, they keep ignoring him.

And, of course, everything blows up in their face.

(Surprise, surprise).

And, he keeps looking at ’em like, “Damn, would you just fuggin’ listen to me already”. I couldn’t help but having a bit of deja vu. All those times I tried to warn clients about some stupid thing they were about to do…

And, they just wouldn’t freakin’ listen!

And, of course, stuff blew up.

And, they’re looking at me like “WTF?”

And, I’m like: “Dude, I tried to tell you!”

Now, in the movie, the problem with the Rockinator is he’s a bit of an a-hole. He’s not really into “persuading” people… except with a quick 1-2 to the temple. Not much of a communicator. So, of course, nobody listens.

That was my problem, too.

In fact, I see a lot of devs who struggle with this.

You get the code thing down.

But, now it’s time to get work. And, you try to rely on your technical skill. You talk about the languages you know or where you went to school. And, think that’ll do it. Or, it’s the other way, and you really don’t know what to say.

And, you find out quickly… there’s more to this “getting work” thing.

Well, the truth is, it doesn’t matter how good you are technically.

There’s so many good developers out there, now.

You can’t get by on just skill alone.

You’ve gotta be able to present yourself…

And your work in a compelling way.

And, persuade people to hire you.

Build rapport, gain people’s trust and give them compelling reasons to want to hire you. What I discovered is there are systematic ways you can do this. Processes you can follow that’ll accomplish all this for you.

It’s not magic…

Or rocket surgery.

It’s just a matter of learning the processes.

Anyway, I teach you the 3-step process I learned in Lesson 8 of Module 3 in my Upwork 101 course. I’ve used this over and over again throughout my career to get clients, to get jobs…

Hell, I’m doing it right now, in fact.

(Let’s see if you can spot it once you learn the process ;).)

Once you learn it, it’s dead simple…

And, you’ll start using it any time you need to persuade someone.

And, have a helluva lot more success than just “winging” it.

Anyway, you can get started with that Upwork 101 course for nothing over on SkillShare. This is the link: https://skl.sh/2hfGS0s. Jump on that 2-month no-cost trial. Take the course (and all my others).

Cancel any time before the 2 months is up…

And, never pay a cent.

Why not give it a try?

Who knows… it might just be a revelation for you like it was me.

Anyhoo, up to you.

Link is here: https://skl.sh/2hfGS0s

Later,

John

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