I Am No Longer A Free Service

“But your knowledge has value. You’ve invested time and money into learning your craft and it’s not fair for people to expect you to give it away for free. Even friends need to understand there are boundaries.”

Adrienne Graham: “No, You Can’t Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much

I typically offer free advice to a point. Especially with friends and family. But, I do ask for referrals in return, and I don’t extend the free service friends of friends. I want to make my passion my business and my livelihood.

I can’t do that if I let you access my brain for free.

Your Job Is Not Forever

“I see many professionals acting like they will be at their organizations forever…The impact is that they will neglect their network and/or design their careers solely based on the company organization chart.”

Patti Johnson, quoted in “Independent Workers Are Here to Stay”

Never stop networking. Never stop thinking for yourself. Always be creating, writing, designing for yourself.

(Via VitaminT)