I first published this post a year ago on Coaching For Translators. I am now sharing it here with you because it is relevant to all freelancers, not just translators. I hope you find it useful too.
One of the main challenges freelance translators have to face is isolation. Working alone for hours on end, day after day, can have a negative impact on our mood, while in the absence of a boss looking over our shoulder focusing and staying productive can soon become quite tricky. But there’s an even greater danger, as Stephen Covey explains in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: isolation prevents us from being truly successful.
Covey’s Maturity Continuum shows how, to be able to realise our full potential and reap the rewards, we need others. We need to connect and move from Independence (something many freelancers value) to Interdependence (the highest level of maturity): “Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.”
We start life in a state of Dependence. We…
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