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The Cure To Imposter Syndrome

Finally Beat Imposter Syndrome!


Do you suffer from imposter syndrome?


You aren’t alone. All freelancers face imposter syndrome at multiple times in their careers.


Why do you feel this way? 


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There are a lot of reasons. The problem with imposter syndrome is the symptoms aren’t logical.


You are not an imposter. You have the skills, you know how to do the work, and you have a history of clients happy with your results.


So why do you have imposter syndrome?


I’ll let you in on a secret. You can’t shake the feeling because it isn’t logical.


If you want to know:


1:Why you suffer from imposter syndrome

2:The three common imposter syndrome triggers

3:How you can fix it


Read on.


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The Startling Truth Behind Imposter Syndrome


To understand imposter syndrome you need to understand what causes it.


Hint-It’s your brain.


Your brain craves authority. That’s why you are more comfortable staying at a high stress job than making the same money freelancing.


Don’t believe me? Ask yourself this. Have you justified staying at a job you didn’t like by saying,


‘It’s all I know.’




‘The problem you know is better than the one you don’t.’


Isn’t it startling to see thoughts you felt only you suffered brought out into the open?


Here’s the thing, when you work for a regular job everything is programmed for you.


This is why you end up fighting project creep. Finally beat it, here’s how.


You show up. You work from this time to this time. You do this thing today. You don’t have to do anything but work. The burden of making choices is lifted freeing you from distraction.


Now that we know the culprit behind why you have imposter syndrome, and the reason your brain makes you feel that way, let’s look at the three triggers that cause you to feel like an imposter.


The 3-Imposter Syndrome Triggers


In my experience (both personally and with students) there are three things that trigger imposter syndrome.


Trigger 1:Choice Paralysis


When you work at a job all of your choices are made for you. When you work for yourself you have to make all the choices.


You choose:


*Your schedule

*How much work you do

*When you work

*When to break

*Where you work

*How to dress when you work


A lack of boundaries can be overwhelming. You try to solve this with logic. You lose yourself ing blog posts and books on solutions only to realize there is so much you don’t know that you freak out.

With the solution below you no longer have to freak out.


Trigger 2:Down Time


At your regular job, you had plenty of downtimes. You enjoyed it because you knew at some point you’d be given work.


As a freelancer, you’ll have downtime but instead of enjoying it you get freaked out.


‘I’m not doing anything right now. I’m a failure. I don’t have clients. I don’t have work!



The truth is jobs waste a lot of time. They have to. They have to justify keeping people in a building with little work all day.


To combat these issues jobs fill the days with memos, endless meetings, and useless training. Don’t worry, as you get accustomed to freelancing you’ll realize you can fit an entire day’s labor in two to three hours.


Trigger 3:The Feast And Famine Cycle


With a job you never have to worry where the next project was coming from.


As a freelancer, you are responsible for creating an endless stream of leads. If you don’t have experience with this you’ll see dips in your work.


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These periods when you are without work inspires doubt. You feel like you will never get work again.


It’s an awful feeling. You watch your bank account shrink while your inbox sits empty. Your clients don’t respond to your proposals and you worry you’ll go broke.


Emotionally you freak out so you turn to other logical resolutions. You read blogs, books, and suddenly you’ve wasted all day reading about how to drive leads instead of driving them.


You can escape the imposter syndrome cycle by changing how you respond to it. Here’s what I’ve found to work.


How I Overcome Imposter Syndrome


You can enjoy being a freelancer! You can do it without the anxiety, time wasted chasing pointless leads, and taking jobs you don’t work for pay you don’t like.

You can do this using my ‘Habit Mastery’ technique. This technique is based on years of research done on habits. If you want to get deeper into the insights of why it works you should pick up Charles Duhigg’s book on habits. Here


This technique works on two levels. First it cuts out the exposure to the triggers that cause it. Second, it changes your mindset when you do feel it.


What if you aren’t a full-time freelancer? Does this still apply?


Yes! This approach works for both part timers and full-timers.


Here’s What You Do


Open up Google Calendars (or your planners if you are old school paper and pen) and plan out your week.


Get specific. Write the time you plan to start, the time you plan to stop when you plan to have lunch, when you will work, when you will research, when you will pitch, when you will take meetings, and where you plan to do.


That’s it. If it sounds simple…It’s because it is.

Fill that schedule full!


By providing the structure your brain craves you alleviate the need to make decisions in the moment. Controlling your day lifts the burden of uncertainty and cognitively engrains positive habits into your day.


Why This Works:The Power Of Habits


Establishing and following this habit engrains the behavior of being the boss into your mind.


Habits change your story. So change yours.


What about those times when you feel like an imposter anyway?


You won’t. As this habit becomes established the feeling will lessen and eventually go away.




Creating the habit of being an entrepreneur changes the story you tell yourself. You are no longer a freaked out part timer skipping gig to gig hoping that your clients don’t drop you. 


You quite worrying about the day to day and start planning towards bigger goals. You become an entrepreneur.


Re-Cap:Use authority to create order, establish a habit, and tell a better story.


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Should agencies should be part of your story?

‘No! Everyone says they suck.’

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Check out my next blog post. In it I cover the pros and cons of working for an agency and lay bare the biggest myths on both sides. You might learn that agencies are right for you!

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Upwork Reject Your Profile? Get Accepted. Here’s How.








Did Upwork Reject Your Profile?


If you are reading this you got the dreaded ‘Rejected Profile’ message from Upwork. 


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If you are a new freelancer or new to Upwork in the last six months chances are your profile has been rejected.


Why did Upwork reject your profile?


First, it has nothing to do with you. I know it sucks but you aren’t the problem. It took courage to sit down and put everything together.


Seeing Upwork reject your profile sucks. It cuts into your rich life goals. You are probably thinking,


Upwork rejected my profile because i’m an imposter.


You are not. There are reasons to finding Upwork reject your profile.


What follows are my theories and solutions to why.


Why Upwork Rejected Your Profile

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Upwork is exploding. New members are flooding the platform.


New members mean:

*Greater strain on the system

*Over saturation of certain skills

*And fake accounts


My guess is Upwork is dealing with this flood of profiles by using bots.


The bots probably review your profile and then filter you through the system. I’m guessing Upwork rejected your profile, along with everyone else, as a gatekeeping system.


‘Upwork rejected my profile. I’m a real person, what’s the deal?’



The bots filter based on controlled data and barriers. I imagine almost everyone who applies get rejected at first.

This is smart. By rejecting people you put a barrier that filters out anyone not interested in going the extra mile. That means that the people getting on Upwork are more involved and more likely to use it.


This is similar to Zappo shoes training. Zappos is famous for offering you a buyout before starting the job. Their reasoning is that they only want the best on their team and will pay to keep it that way.


That’s bullshit.

There’s some Culty nonsense going on here









The truth is Zappo’s does this is so you emotionally value the company.

They want you to think,

‘I turned away $1,000! I must love this job!’

(Create your own cult-like following)

The same thing is at play when Upwork rejects your profile. So how can you get past this? There are a lot of ways. I’m going to share the best method I know to get accepted, a guaranteed way to get started and avoid the secondary methods people are promoting.


Two Ways To Get Your Profile Accepted On Upwork

That feeling when you finally get your Upwork profile accepted.

How do you get your profile accepted by Upwork if you are new to the platform?


Here are two fastest ways I’ve found. The first method takes a little bit of time but puts you in a great position once you get accepted.


The second method requires a different approach and will be harder to pull off if you don’t know the right people.


The ‘Test’ Method To Getting Your Profile Accepted On Upwork


Upwork is swamped with people all wanting to do the same things (mainly writing).


They want to keep the platform from being saturated so they reject profiles.


To get your profile accepted you need to create authority on their site. To do that you should take skills tests and score 100% in as many as you can.


Skills test scores will verify that you are an authority to Upwork and increase the bots chances of recognizing and accepting your profile.


You can either go niche and score in difficult but nuanced tests (PHP, Advanced SEO, etc) or load up twenty easier ones (Grammar, spelling, etc).


This takes time but it also provides great social proof when you are accepted. Imagine being a client and seeing that the person they are hiring has over 20 ‘100%’ ratings for skill tests they took.


The ‘Hired Right Away’ Profile Method


Upwork is automatically accepting profiles that clients hire. If you can find someone with a profile to hire you then Upwork will automatically accept the profile.


‘What if I don’t know someone to hire me?’



This can be hard. You have a couple options. You could start a Upwork business profile and then hire yourself for a cheap project.


I don’t see this as the best option but if you are hungry to start then this will work.


If you want to take a more organic approach pick a couple of FB groups and ask around for people with Upwork business profiles. Offer to do a quick low-cost project in exchange for a hire.


This will get you the first gig, get your profile accepted, and not lose you money!


All this resistance raises a simple question…


Is Upwork Still A Good Option?


You’ve heard people crapping on Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr since day one. You’ve read the blog posts, nodded in agreement everytime someone posts their problems.


So you have to wonder…Is it worth it?


Let me answer with a question.


What’s your goal?


Do you want to freelance to increase your existing income?

Do you want to leave your job?

Do you want to support a new lifestyle?


Knowing what you want makes it easy to decide what’s right for you. Upwork is a great place to get started and build a portfolio.


Upwork is also a great place to create a nice side income. I wouldn’t use it as a sole source of income. And that brings us to the issue at the heart of all of this.


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