We tend to believe that being a freelancer, an entrepreneur, an author, a blogger, an artist, a musician or what is all about freedom.
But it's not.
As a matter of fact it's quite the opposite.
A freelancer isn't really free.
A freelancer depends on clients.
Clients that are usually a lot harder to deal with than your boss.
An entrepreneur isn't really free.
An entrepreneur depends on customers, platforms such as the app store, Facebook ads, Twitter and sometimes also investors.
And all of these are pretty hard to deal with. And unpredictable.
An author isn't really free either.
An author depends on readers.
On her audience.
And on publishers and platforms such as Amazon.
Just like a blogger isn't really free.
And just like your job isn't a safe bet anymore and might be replaced by an algorithm some time in the near future, so are all the above.
A simple change in Google's algorithm can pretty much crush your entire business.
Just like it happened many times in the past.
Just like a drop in Facebook reach put thousands of companies out of business.
Just like an increase in Facebook ad prices will put thousands of more businesses out of business.
None of the things that we think are really about freedom are really about freedom.
In most cases they are the exact opposite.
You're just going from depending on your boss or your employer to depending on all sorts of other highly unpredictable things.
Things that can equally crush you just like your boss or your employer can.
So what's safe?
Real connections with real human beings.
And being kind, helpful, empathetic and nice to other people.
That's probably the one and only safe thing out there.
Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow...
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]