An Open Letter to College Students
There isn’t much that I would change about my college experience. But if I could…
My kids love Thomas & Friends.
It’s a cute show, and it can even be mildly entertaining for adults.
If you’re not familiar with the show, the plot focuses on a railway operation on the fictitious island of Sodor (presumably somewhere in the United Kingdom). Thomas the Train and his fellow steam engines (Percy, Gordon, Henry, and others) spend their days happily making deliveries. An occasional run-in with a snooty diesel engine adds to the mayhem that can ensue.
The railway is managed by a serious, portly fellow named Sir Topham Hatt (an obvious play on words to his trademark top hat). The steam engines are mostly motivated by keeping Sir Topham Hatt happy.
To a fault, I’m always thinking about how things relate to business. I know it might be a stretch, but I think Sir Topham Hatt and his engines can teach us freelancers a valuable lesson.
Sir Topham Hatt’s instructions to his engines are always clear. They are, namely:
Be useful and take care.
Simple advice, sure. But stop and think about it for a minute. If you’re always useful to your clients, you’re likely to stay very busy – and keep them happy.
Here’s how you can ensure you’ll always be useful as a freelancer:
Remember, people pay you because you’re useful. Not because you exist. Stay useful, and you’ll always achieve your personal goals!