Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

I'm very pleased to share with you that i am finally free from any work at the moment. The last twelve months proved to be the most hectic moment in my life and i just lost count many nights in a row i've spent without getting any sleep. It is terrific to see that i finally accomplished my to-do lists one after another.

Well, just kidding. Actually i got fired from one job. I managed to ting-tong all of them except for last one. Its the longest period that i've worked on, and i was way behind the schedule. It is really awful to getting fired as they paid me to do the job that i've failed to do. As everything lead to their opposite, i did learned few things from this catastrophic failure.

1. If the job gonna take more than three months to complete, or you're unsure if you can do it alone, or if you think you can figure how to do it later, hire a sidekick. Having someone to consult is not a bad idea at all. Just say NO if you can't and be sure to stay in your league. You might lose some profit, but you'll be able to get the job done.

2. If you're uncertain about how much to charge, do not desperate to take the job no matter how badly you need the money. You will lose the money and motivation as quickly as you think you can manage it. Learn how to pricing properly, and if your clients still speak cheap, just say NO. If they understand the value of your work, they won't be asking for discount at first place.

3. Manage your project. If your client is working together with you, be sure to use project management app to track every progress. Avoid relying on email at all cost. You have no idea how many times i lost track of progress in those emails.

4. Be specific about what they want and how you're doing to do for them and stick with it. They will change their mind and add more features as the time goes and you're very likely having to start from the scratch all over again. A deal is a deal, and learn how to say NO if you wanna get the job done.

5. Don't give yourself a reason to take a break more than 2 days during the project. Do your runaway wild vacation after its done.

Since i don't have anything to do after getting fired, i decided to take some time off and reorganize my life. There are too many personal stuff that i can finally put some attention to, and perhaps improving my spirituality during this holy month of Ramadhan as well. After all, deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.

Now it's time for me to learn something.

There are few posts that been sitting in the draft for a while, and i'm looking forward to publish them soon. Stay tuned.

Posted July 11, 2014

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