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I sent this out in an email the other day and I wanted to share it with you. But, BEWARE… read it before Hillary deletes it! 🙂
So, alot of hub-bub here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A about Hillary Clinton. Seems there’s two sets of rules… ones for the Clinton’s and ones for everybody else. That’s the word on the street anyway.
Funny because this is true about a lot of things.
In the US, the top 1% of Americans earn 19% of all income.
In Hollywood, the top actors always seem to get the best roles.
And, in my experience, the top freelancers tend to suck up most of the clients.
For example, if you go on Upwork in to the “web development” category there’s an agency, Mobiloitte Technologies, that’s clocked 63,866 hours of client services. The next closest on the front page is Ron Zvagelsky with 5,488 hours.
That’s how things tend to work.
Because… once you establish a certain threshold of credibility and authority, you stick out like a sore thumb as being more trustworthy, and you end up getting a disproportionate share of the clients.
It’s like how the 1st position in a Google search result gets 33% of the clicks.
And, just like the Clinton’s, there’s often two sets of rules for those on top versus those struggling to claw their way up. Let me be straight. I’m not saying it’s right. But, it is reality. And, my job is to tell you the truth… not opine about how I think it should be.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
Ronnie ain’t doing too shabby himself. 5488 hours clocked at 75/hr is 411,600. I think most freelancers would take that. But, freelancers with this kind of experience, job history and skillset just get treated differently.
They rarely have to go out and find work on their own.
Because, they come up at the top of most of the web development related searches you’ll do on Upwork… the clients just automatically flow to them.
They also don’t have to work hard to sell their services.
63,866 hours logged with a 93% job success rate speaks for itself. Potential clients see that and immediately trust them more.
And, the clients they work with will rarely give them a hard time.
Because, those clients know that these developers are uber-experienced, they know what they’re doing and when they speak… clients listen.
In fact, from my own experience…
I can tell you that after I worked with Michael Hyatt, my client experience changed dramatically. He’s not only really well-known but highly respected and trusted. So, having him on my resume brought an air of authority with it.
Client looked to me for guidance instead of always trying to boss me around.
My point is…
You shouldn’t necessarily be-grudge the fact that these two sets of rules exist (for developers anyway… feel free to be-grudge the Clinton’s all you want). Instead you should be focused on joining that elite group of developers.
Now, I talk all the time about the “outside factors” that affect this…
Things like how well you communicate, how reliable you are, how well you provide wisdom and guidance, etc. These things matter.
But, it’s also true that skill is at the center of it all.
I mean the refrigerator repairman can be the sweetest fella in the world, but if the chicken goes bad because he jacked it up… it ain’t gon’ matter.
So, let this weekend begin your journey into “Clinton territory”.
PHP represents 82% of all websites whose scripting language we know. PHP developers, on average make 87,000 per year (Indeed.com). And, in the time it’d take for you get through a montage of all the “untruths” Hillary told about her email server (~1 hour), there’s been 36 new PHP jobs posted to Upwork.
Why spend another day in the “little people” club of developers… or another moment stuck haggling through another one of your boss’ “brilliant” ideas…
Escape ye hither, my friend. Become a PHP Jedi:
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