Ever heard of the term “procrasturbation”?
It’s what happens when you put off that trip to the grocery store until you’re practically starving at midnight and there’s nothing in the house but rice and pickles. Oh, and all the restaurants nearby are closed too!
The first time I heard “procrasturbation” was back in grad school, when my habit of putting things off came back to bite me. HARD.
The scene: final exam for financial accounting.
Angie: blissfully ignoring it until the night before and then trying desperately to cram in concepts she’s not remotely interested in, until her eyes cross.
Spoiler alert: I failed my final.
I was whining to a classmate after the grades came out, and she said to me, “procrastination is like masturbation. It feels good until you realize you’re only screwing yourself.”
There ya go… procrasturbation. Quite possibly the greatest portmanteau in the civilized world.
So why am I making punny procrastination jokes on a Saturday?
There’s one thing even bigger than exam cramming that I put off… and it held me back in a miserable situation for YEARS:
Asking for help when I reached the end of my own limited knowledge.
For context: back in 2016 (well after the exam dramz), I was stuck in my dreaded J-O-B, working 20 hour days for people who didn’t give a damn about me.
I had this dream of freelancing, of building a business on MY terms so that I didn’t have to leave meetings in tears or constantly take work home.
I wanted out BAD. Year after year, I convinced myself I would figure it out. And year after year, I went back to work, with no brainpower left over at the end of the day to actually figure out this whole “freelancing” thing. Plus I was deathly afraid I’d fail and make a fool of myself.
One day something snapped and I knew I had to get out of this job or it was going to kill me. Right about the time I had this realization, Kevin Rogers opened up his freelancer coaching program.
I jumped on that opportunity SO fast. I even put fake “meetings” on my work calendar and booked locking conference rooms so I could make the coaching calls.
Little by little, I started to believe I could actually have a successful freelance business. Yet fear kept me from making the leap.
Then one day he told me, “I know it’s scary jumping off a cliff like this, but we got you sis. We’re not going to let you fall.”
It took me six months to work up the gumption, but I decided to quit and go full-time freelance as a copywriter.
It’s been well over five years since I walked out the door of that toxic day job. And if I could do it all over again, I would have sought out help MUCH much sooner.
That’s why when Kev told me he was opening up his coaching program again, I knew I had to share…
It’s called Escape Velocity, and it’s all about getting your freelance copywriting career off the ground FAST.
Kev’s figured out a step-by-step path that keeps you focused on what to do next and eliminates needless distractions that keep people feeling stuck and overwhelmed.
I love what he’s doing so much that I turned around and became one of his coaches, because I’ve seen firsthand how drastically his approach can change your life… if you’re willing to do the work.
So if you feel that calling to start a freelance copywriting business, then check out Escape Velocity. Kev, my fellow coaches, and I will help you figure out what comes next, and we’ll be there with you every step of the way.
And if the timing isn’t right, that’s cool. Just don’t put it off too long, eh?
P.S. Fortunately for me, it seems everyone failed that financial accounting exam. I don’t know if they all put it off like I did or if it was just THAT hard. The professor wound up grading on a curve, which brought me into technical “passing” range so that I didn’t have to take the course again. And now you know why I didn’t QUITE learn my lesson about putting things off…
P.P.S. If you decide to join Escape Velocity through my link, I may get a small commission for referring you. But you may just get ME as your coach… and how cool would that be?
If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.