Because I’m busy. And I don’t like being busy. That’s why I’m hiring a writing intern.
Sounds crazy, right? But it’s the truth for me, my professional schedule, my family life and the way I view my business. I’m booked for SEO services for the rest of the year (woohoo!), my writing gigs and writing opportunities are increasing, several food writing projects are lined up for the Spring and Summer, and my clients need more writing assistance.
Society leads us to believe that working over 40 hours a week, staying late at work – and coming in early – not taking your vacation days, using as few sick days as possible, and answering work texts and emails within the hour makes you employable and #aloyalemployee. A wise colleague once told me that contrary to popular belief, the #hustle should not be in your life 100%; hustling should be seasonal.
One of the many reasons I left my most recent job was to get rid of that work baggage, hit the reset button, and become the writer I want to be. Mary Oliver once wrote:
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
My writing deserves more time.
Cal Newport and Scott Young, productivity expert and famous blogger respectively, encourage people and entrepreneurs especially, to focus on three things only. Yeah, folks – Three. Things. Whether it’s a project, goals or standards, everything else is non-important or non-urgent, and can be outsourced or even eliminated. Click here to read more about Cal and Scott’s top performer studies.
This is where an intern comes in.
I had an awesome-sauce boss a few years ago and she told me something important about interns. People hire interns to teach and mold them into what they can become. If I have work that I can outsource, and if I have teachable moments and work experiences that I can share, then it is the right time to hire an intern. Hiring an intern means that we need to provide them with an experience. They must make mistakes in a safe place and learn under guidance. I’ve decided to say ‘no’ to a couple of wonderful opportunities to make room to provide an experience for an intern and give her room to grow professionally. Frankly, I didn’t think I would be hiring so soon. But 2017 has blessed me with opportunities I can share and teach.
My first ever writing intern starts next Monday under a paid internship. I cannot wait for all of you to meet this sweet girl. I don’t know everything about writing (I’m always learning!) but I know that giving people the freedom to grow is one of the best gifts us entrepreneurs can give our employees, contractors and interns. Hiring a writing intern will help both of us grow.
You’ll meet the new intern in next week’s blog post and I’ll add the new link here. Stay tuned for an interview!
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
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