I had a conversation with a colleague the other day and it eventually it turned to the upcoming
presidential election and current race between Trump and Clinton.
This lady was beside herself with how things were going.
She couldn’t fathom Trump becoming President and openly stated that if he did in fact get elected,
her whole life would be ruined.
She claimed her business would tank, she’d have to find a new job, and she would end up in terrible
I tried to ask her specifics on how a Trump presidency would “ruin” her but she could provide none.
Needless to say, she was still convinced that the election would make or break her freelance career.
I left that conversation shaking my head.
Here was a colleague I had worked with in the past who was basing her future success (or failure) on
the actions of someone else.
As a freelance translator, you’re in charge of your own success.
You are equally in charge of your own failures.
The presidential outcome in November will not affect whether your freelance translation business is
successful or not.
People have had success and they’ve had failures during every president’s tenure throughout history.
Projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics even predict a huge growth in the next ten years for the translation and interpretation field.
This prediction and calculation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t weigh who or who is not going to be President of the United States between now and 2024.
If you want to be a successful translator, stop looking for excuses.
Stop Blaming Your Failures on Other People
Your failures belong to you.
They are ultimately your responsibility.
If you want to progress, and learn from those failures, you have to own them.
I tell my children that they will not learn to be successful until they learn to fail, and accept that
failure as their own.
When you blame others for your failures, you are subconsciously giving yourself an excuse to not
You’re telling yourself, “Hey, it’s not my fault. If it wasn’t for X, I’d be successful.”
You then give yourself permission to not even try.
Success or failure as a translator does not come about because of who you know, your skin color,
your gender, or the results of an election.
Understand that You Make Your Own Success
Nobody cares about your success.
Even people that say that they want you to succeed usually don’t care enough about you to do
anything to help you succeed.
They are too busy trying to do their own thing.
Trying to make their own success.
If you want to be successful, you have to own it. Just like you own your failures.
You have to be responsible for your success because nobody else will.
That means that you have to put in the work.
You have to get out of your comfort zone and talk to people.
Nobody else will do that for you.
I can’t do it for you.
Your spouse can’t do it for you.
Your friends can’t do it for you.
You have to do it yourself.
Your success is directly proportional to the consistent focused effort you put towards it.
Take Advice From Other Successful People
Success is all on you.
But that doesn’t mean you have to learn to be successful on your own.
There are plenty of successful people that have come before you and gone through the same struggles you’re going through as you get your freelance translation business up and running.
Reach out to them.
Read their sites.
Study their methods.
Ask for their advice.
Instead of comparing yourself to them and where they’re at in their stage of their careers, look and study how they got there.
Speaking of Donald Trump, many people don’t like him for a variety of reasons.
But nobody can deny that he is a success and has done things in his life that have made him successful.
Instead of bashing him, read his books.
Study his methods.
Figure out what made him so successful.
His books are full of practical advice that we could all take advantage of.
I’ve read his book, “Think Big and Kick Ass,” and have implemented a number of pieces of advice that he gave in that book that were directly applicable to growing my brand and growing my business.
Instead of automatically assuming someone has nothing to offer, see if you can glean how that person was able to be successful in at least one aspect of his life. Then try to implement that in your own life.
You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from people once you put your ego aside.
To sum it up:
- If you’re worried about the how the presidential election will affect your business, you’re worrying too much. Translators and interpreters have a great outlook in the future regardless of who wins or loses.
- To be a success do three things:
- Don’t blame your failures on others. Own your failures and look at them as a way to improve. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.
- Take charge of your own success. Don’t others define what is success to you. Take the initiative and move forward. Nobody will do it for you.
- Copy other successful people. Don’t be afraid of learning from others that have the knowledge and experience you’re trying to gain. Even if you don’t like the person, you can still learn from them.
P.S. If you want more tips on how to become a successful freelance translator, read my book.