Cat Alford (https://www.catherinealford.com/) holds the title of “most recommended person to be on this podcast.”
And with good reason!
She’s a long-time blogger, gifted freelancer, and all-out hustler.
Note: I’m not a huge fan of the term “hustle” as we use it these days, but I think it fits Cat in a positive way!
She’s driven, hard-working, smart, and has a ton to offer us 🙂
Here are some takeaways from my chat with Cat:
Entrepreneurship is painful.
Getting rejections is painful.
Doing the work required to find the success you are seeking is painful.
Yes, this is straight out of my next self-help book 🙂
You’re going to get a lot of “no’s,” on your business-building journey, whether you’re reaching out for guest posts or sponsorships, or trying to get folks to buy your courses.
Cat is a fantastic example of someone who really just gets after it.
- Do you really want that $1,000 blog sponsorship?
- How many brands are you willing to pitch in order to make it happen?
- How much work are you willing to put in? How many “no’s” are you prepared to hear before you get a yes?
Entrepreneurship is painful–but worth it for those who can persist.
Stop playing small.
I love asking people this question: “What do you think other bloggers should stop doing immediately?” And I was not disappointed with Cat’s response.
Stop selling yourself short.
Yes, this is more motivational woo-woo from my 1st self-help book–but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to hear it ?
- Don’t undercharge yourself.
- Don’t underestimate the value you add to your freelance clients & your blog readers.
Yes, you DO have what it takes to be ___________ [your awesome life goal]
Let’s have confidence that we are able to add value to other people’s lives, and let’s go do it.
Let’s do the work required to reach people and teach people.