Poll: Has being a freelancer made you a stronger/more resilient person in any sense?
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Teresa Borges
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Haven't considered it... Apr 10, 2011

... but adversity made me a more resilient person not freelancing!

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Ashutosh Mitra  Identity Verified
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agreed .. Apr 10, 2011

Exactly the same feelings here...........

Teresa Borges wrote:

... but adversity made me a more resilient person not freelancing!


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No, because... Apr 10, 2011

... I had to be resilient almost since the day I was born due to special "circumstances". Consequently, being a freelancer now has added no strength to my being, neither physically (lol) nor mentally/emotionally.

But... it keeps me on my toes!


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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No, Apr 10, 2011

the great curved ball of Life did/does that.

[Edited at 2011-04-10 15:25 GMT]


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Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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I wonder.... Apr 10, 2011

....where you are coming from with this question.

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Germaine  Identity Verified
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Well... Apr 11, 2011

I would have thought that it's because you are resilient that you choose to be a freelancer...

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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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It's exactly the opposite Apr 11, 2011

You are resilient, "then" you can manage to be a freelancer. Plus it takes a lot of patience and perseverance.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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It has trained me not to give up Apr 11, 2011

Translation is definitely a profession where sweat-equity counts. Had been in a different profession, I might not have developed such a conscientious work ethic.

I have often sacrificed sleep to finish a translation, but I don't consider that resilience; it takes a toll on my health, which means that it's stupid.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Exactly Apr 11, 2011

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

Translation is definitely a profession where sweat-equity counts. Had been in a different profession, I might not have developed such a conscientious work ethic.

I have often sacrificed sleep to finish a translation, but I don't consider that resilience; it takes a toll on my health, which means that it's stupid.


I couldn't agree more.


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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The quiet life Apr 11, 2011

My life as a freelancer means that I don't have to fall in with people. There is no confrontation, if I don't like the terms I'm offered I simply say no. And I don't have to deal with office politics. If I had to, it might come as a shock to me. I might start worrying myself stupid over things that other people can just take in their stride. Freelancing is the quiet life as far as I'm concerned.

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Celine Gras  Identity Verified

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I could have written this Apr 11, 2011

Tatty wrote:

My life as a freelancer means that I don't have to fall in with people. There is no confrontation, if I don't like the terms I'm offered I simply say no. And I don't have to deal with office politics. If I had to, it might come as a shock to me. I might start worrying myself stupid over things that other people can just take in their stride. Freelancing is the quiet life as far as I'm concerned.


Then I would add: it made me less strong, so I had to find other ways to strengthen myself, to keep in touch with people, to learn how to manage conflicts instead of just avoiding them. The quiet, too quiet, life it is.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Only if you mix up "being strong" with "being used to grief" Apr 11, 2011

Celine Gras wrote:

Tatty wrote:

My life as a freelancer means that I don't have to fall in with people. There is no confrontation, if I don't like the terms I'm offered I simply say no. And I don't have to deal with office politics. If I had to, it might come as a shock to me. I might start worrying myself stupid over things that other people can just take in their stride. Freelancing is the quiet life as far as I'm concerned.


Then I would add: it made me less strong, so I had to find other ways to strengthen myself, to keep in touch with people, to learn how to manage conflicts instead of just avoiding them. The quiet, too quiet, life it is.



Being able and willing to say the magic word "No!" - without feeling guilty, that is - indicates true strength.


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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Yes, in a sense Apr 11, 2011

my job has contributed to become sturdier.

Why not:
my profession has consolidated some aspects of my personality against very hard-to-defeat adversities encountered in my life.


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