How have you benefited from the things that annoy you the most in your career?

We are always surrounded by things we like and things we don’t. We would love to get away from the stuff we don’t but this just opens us up to noticing more of it.

So, no point of running. Accept everything for what it is—a clarifying experience.

Things you like help you say: “more of these, please”.

Things you don’t—“less of these, please”.

Thus, everything unwanted helps you clarify what you really want. And that’s its biggest upside.

Every step is a step forward.

How to change your perception about the things you don’t like in your career?

Perception is everything. Many philosophers and metaphysical teachers argue that it is the only thing that’s shaping your reality.

You can change the impact of your past not by changing what happened — this doesn’t matter much — but by changing how you think about it.

You are at a position in your life that became a reality because of what happened to you already. So we can safely say it was necessary. It was a path. It is a path. It is your path to where you are.

But this path doesn’t end just here and now. This path is constantly being revealed to you. And it is happening to you, like it or not.

You just have to perceive it for what it is—a road towards your goals, not away from them.

Everything has a negative and a positive side to it. And they are both readily available. It depends what you focus on.

For example, I used to hate skype calls. For the most part of my consulting career I avoided them like the plague. They were a waste of time for me. A source of frustration and anxiety.

Until one day I decided to charge for them. Then I was eager to conduct one. It was no longer a waste of time. I was being paid to talk—one of the things I feel the most capable of.

After the talk I was amazed at the amount of data I managed to gather from the person I was talking to. The whole experience opened my eyes to a new (to me) channel for research and building trust.

My perception has changed. Now I’m eager to talk with clients (within some boundaries, of course :)).

How have you benefited from the things that annoy you the most in your work?

Feel stuck after learning HTML&CSS? Here’s how to create websites on your own

You have read a few books on HTML & CSS and know how to create websites yourself.

You know how to find the resources you need (when you don't know what to do).

The thing is, you are not sure where to go from here.

Every book and article you read is just the same stuff: explains html, tags, and css selectors, properties etc.

More front-end matters and less what you truly feel missing… an answer to the question that made you reach for books in the first place.

Now that you know HTML and CSS what is the next step to actually start creating websites yourself?

Do you have to learn how to:

  • lay them out
  • design them
  • put everything together?

Or is there something else?

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I’ve got my portfolio and website online. What is the next step to attract new clients?

So you’ve had several freelance gigs and have sorted out your website. You’ve got most of your previous jobs through services like oDesk or through meetings in-person. Now that you are happy with putting yourself out there you want to know the next step as to attract new clients.

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