Friendship is a wonderful thing, especially when it’s given freely and appreciated fully. Such is the friendship between Cathy Miller and me.
Cathy notices things. When she saw I was writing a good bit more this Writers Worth Month than usual, she sent me a note asking if I needed more content. Now any time Cathy Miller offers you free content, take it. Cathy has a way of showing us gently the harshest moments. Through her filter, everything is a wonderful lesson we can use right now.
This post by my friend is no different. Thank you, Cathy. I appreciate you fully.
Writers Worth: A Defining Moment
by Cathy Miller
their meaning and use. And many of us love to learn their origin. A dictionary
is like a well-read novel to writers.
(although these days, she lives online). I looked up the word worth.
of a specified amount or figure
its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held
the equation? Isn’t that where we stumble? However, what I have discovered is
it’s not the definition of worth we
struggle with. It’s the definition of self-worth.
treated with respect.
In my thirty-plus years of corporate life, I often said the
one area I felt confident in was my job. I was good at it. Then a funny thing
happened. Toward the end of my corporate career, my confidence disappeared.
up. What served me all my adult life was standing on wobbling legs, ready to pitch
forward in defeat. So I quit.
Now there’s a confidence-builder.
Like most new freelance writers, I felt
overwhelmed by the business side of the dream. I had always written. I loved writing.
But could I make a living at it? Could I handle the daily decision-making that
stems from owning your own business?
could even begin to determine my writers worth. Because whether you are self-employed
or employed by others, your self-worth spells your success.
stepped back and took inventory. I listed what I had to offer.
30-plus years of experience in the
healthcare and insurance industry
- 20-plus years of management
- A corporate career filled with Fortune
500 companies as clients
- Unique combination of technical and
30-plus years of experience.” Or, “I’m a stay-at-home mom.”
- Your love of writing?
- Your desire to be your own boss?
writing. If you’re not, practice. Take classes. Build your confidence. Then
take inventory of what you have to offer.
about daily decision-making. Tell me you have no experience at all – like traveling,
managing a home, taking care of a loved one or a pet or a knack for numbers.
blog, Why 60 Miles,
is in the early stages and inspired by her passion for walking 60 miles in 3
days to support research for finding a cure for cancer.