For being a “men’s game,” business sure does have a lot of Capital-F Feelings going on. Sometimes feelings that don’t have words yet.
Like, what’s that feeling for watching a former employer make bad decisions? Or wistfully remembering a regular paycheck? Or waking up amazed that I’m not tied to anyone else’s time schedule?
I’ll call them “Zeool-zul,” “Errhmzad,” and “Chachacha,” respectively. (Mainly because I’m re-reading The Lord of the Rings and there’s a lot of made-up, silly language there).
And then there’s one that maybe everyone can relate to, but is new to me as a business-person (though not as a blogger). Jealously. All I’ve got to say about jealousy in business can be summed up in a few words: it’s the surest way to die.
If you’re a website designer who closed up shop every time you saw an amazing web design. Or a writer who clammed up when you saw an engaging, beautiful, modern copywriter’s website…. well, it’s what you do when you feel awful that decides your future. (And yes, that’s mostly what went through my head when I found a local copywriting team with this insanely lovely website. More of a Okay, well, I guess I’m done here.)
But that’s nonsense. There’s work for everyone. Seeing something you love, or that speaks to you, just wakes you up.
Turn Your Frown into Someone Else’s Smile
Instead of grinding your teeth and calling it quits for the day, reach out with a compliment. Just suck it up and say, Wow, you did it right.
Because who wouldn’t want to hear that their outfit, website, work, or portfolio made someone question their choices for a bit with its awesomeness?
Because that’s what creative people do — encourage, challenge, and compete with each other (hopefully in a friendly way) to make everyone and everything better. And really the clients win in the end, because I know there are copywriters out there bringing their A-game.