Welcome to another post in the $100k Club series. You can see the full series here. This is "My Morning Routine" for content marketing folks making six figures. The goal is to shed light on the skills and habits that enable people to achieve lucrative jobs and help get more people in this club.
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$14/hr, or $28,000
Sr. Content Designer, and I earn $78/hr as a contractor with Google.
I went from a layoff at an agency where I was paid $38,000 to making $40/hr as a contractor.
My ability to connect disparate threads of thought, and bring them together in a cohesive voice.
Atomic Habits would be one that I’ve read and encountered everywhere.
Outside of the usual, I would say that Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”, with a good commentary, is a text that applies to almost any discipline.
I’ve had several mentors over the years. Usually they emerged when I showed the willingness to learn something more than what my basic job entailed. In the last couple months, I’ve actually leaned on LinkedIn more for finding coaches who resonate with me and know how to articulate the challenges I face being a flowery writer at heart.
Counter-intuitively: I’ve trained myself to work without coffee, as I discovered later in my career that it was sapping me of my true creativity, and leaving my writing rather dull and formulaic.
While it’s wise to find your niche as a content creator, you should always be versatile and willing to learn skills that are outside of your trade. Since all of the work that we do occurs in the digital realm, you will be more confident and authoritative in your writing if you know the web and (some) coding well.