I really, REALLY appreciate this piece, especially on a site like Medium where, as you point out, so many people end up sharing their success stories, but few are honest about their continuing failure. I think we have this front to put up and, like you, I’ve grown fed up with it — both the lies people in our respective industries (I’m a freelance writer) continue to perpetuate amongst each other, and the mostly false promises that are told to those who want to go freelance. When I decided to take the leap, I was told by everyone from “colleagues” (some well-meaning and sincere), to websites, that I would easily be pulling in six figures wihin a year or two. Even though I’ve worked my butt off — and continue to do so — and even though I’ve had more luck than many other writers I know, I am definitely not financially secure! I so related to what you wrote about that anxiety and insecurity. I’m glad you’re in a better place now, although I know the stress is there. I think many people would ask us why we continue to pursue freelancing, and for me, I’d say it’s because it’s freedom. I’m willing to sacrifice a lot for that, the freedom to do what I love, to run my own career. But it is wearing me down, too. Thanks again for this very honest post, and I hope things will get better for both of us.

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