Marie Tueje's blog: short texts about all things.

Moving Out

I might be wrong on this, but it's just a thought that suddenly popped into my head. To have a successful career, particularly working freelance, you have to be prepared to move out. By 'move out' I mean to move out of one box and into another: specifically, to leave one crowd behind and join another. If that all sounds a bit tawdry and unethical, it doesn't have to. Moving out of one nest and setting up camp means progressing. It means being willing to move out.

An individual or a company will evolve and their needs will change, hopefully following a more successful, upward curve, so it's silly to think all of one's followers, customers, subscribers, clients, etc. will remain happily together in that first little nest. It doesn't have to be that way. It shouldn't be that way, and accepting moving out as a positive sign can relieve a lot of stress and misplaced guilt.

There is usually a 'but', and here are a couple: we shouldn't move out until we're ready. Also, it's probably not a good idea to start thinking, 'I'm too good for this crowd.' It's not about being better than any one crowd or too good for any one crowd. Rather, it's about whether the crowd you're with fits you in your current evolutionary state, and whether you fit it.