Seth Godin challenges you to answer the below questions in all honesty to explore if you are ready to become a freelancer. This helps to see if you are clear on what is the tradeoff and what is the price you have to pay.
What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)* Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?
*If you’re having trouble answering this, you’re going to have trouble moving up, because you’ve abdicated your dream to whomever walks in the door next.
I want to be an influencer. My work in dance, writing, and teaching should be at such level that my status is in line with Seth Godin or Ramit Sethi or Tim Ferris.
I want to become a good dancer, a good writer and a teacher for life. One who changes the way education works inspires with his writing and entertains with his dancing ability.
I want to grow my abilities in this domain now, tomorrow and in the future. Bigger and bigger, probably deeper and more meaningful.
Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?
I want people to see culture, teaching, education, entertain in a different more meaningful, rational way.
I wish to make people go in fantasy, help and inspire them through my writings and teaching. And entertain them in fulfilling way by my dance.
How much risk? (from 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?
I am willing to risk 7 – definitely, I won’t go broke to realize this dream. But I will invest a good amount of my time, money and resources to make this change in the forward momentum.
How much work are you willing to do to get there? Be specific about the tradeoffs.
Daily 4 hours. Because I work for 8 hours plus 3 hours commute every day. Else as much as possible.
Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?
For me personally, it matters because dancing and writing give me happiness. And teaching is ingrained in me. So, I will put in my efforts every week for at least 20 hours.
Is it possible — has anyone with your resources ever pulled off anything like this?
Yes, many people from humble beginnings have become a great dancer, writer and you(Seth Godin) are probably a great teacher I would want to model.
So, if I put in the hours required to improve my craft, my work will shine in the test of time.