Harriet Rubin’s book, Soloing, is an excellent handbook for anyone who dreams of moving from “corporado” to soloist. Why should you leave the organization and become a soloist? You gain the freedom of your independence and the freedom of your identity again.Most people decide to leave a company three years before they actually leave it. “The only thing you’ll ever regret about leaving a company is that you didn’t do it sooner.”
Rules for soloists
- Master your material so it doesn’t stand in the way of your voice.
- Trust spontaneity.
- Conquer stage fright by reducing it to physical terms – hello sweaty palms, hello dry mouth, etc.
- Don’t let your body betray you, watch your body language.
- Love the applause, make it past.
- Build character, not ego.
- Declare a big dream; it is the promise you make to yourself.
- Develop a thick skin.
- Love intensity over rationality.
- Remember you are only as good as the last project; don’t over promote yourself, act quickly and make things happen fast.
- Give yourself a bonus.
- Book time for relaxation every week.
- Don’t distract yourself with fear.
- Practice good time management; remember the only thing you cannot increase is time.
Laws of solo money
- Measure everything by how much life you have to give it.
- The price on the freedom train is nothing; it is free.
- Free is not a number, it is a leap into the unknown.
- Spending is having; having is not accumulating, having is spending.
- Risk is the way to get rich.
- Get paid for your worth; do not preset your fees.
- Cash flow if life itself.
Your best client is yourself
- The most important lesson to learn is how to take care of yourself.
- The quantity of work is not important, the quality of assignment is important.
Once a soloist, always a soloist. If you go back to the corporation after soloing, you can be paid but not paid for.
CITE: Rubin. H. (1999). Soloing: Realizing Your Life’s Ambition. New York. Harper Collins Publishers