"The best way to overcome fear," he realized, "is to keep doing the things you're afraid of."
3. Sometimes you have to take a hit at the beginning. With just a hodgepodge of tasks and errands, Herman at first went into debt. After months of networking though, Herman was finally able to sustain himself.
Herman doesn't consider his temporary foray in the red any kind of failure though. "Anyone who wants to make a sustainable income as a freelancer, it's an investment," he says. "Just like college is an investment of time and money, just like starting a small business."
4. It's all about networking. Herman had one receptionist gig, and a co-worker there turned him on to another receptionist gig. At that receptionist gig, somebody called up, liked the sound of his voice, and hired him for another receptionist gig. That kind of opportunity-begat-opportunity happened a lot over the course of the year."I'd much rather it worked that way," says Herman. "Rather than saying "I can do it! I can do it! Hey look at me, I can do it!"
5. Put in the hours. "The reason we love heroes in movies is because these people are accomplishing things that we think are impossible or improbable," Herman muses. But nothing is really that improbable, he says, if you're willing to put in the work. Hours and hours and hours of work. Herman admits that he has so many projects on his plate right now that they're cutting into his sleep time. "The New York spirit has taken me over," he says. "The New York spirit is: If you're not working on something big, you're worth nothing." 6. Set goals, with numbers and deadlines. Herman believes that he was able to accomplish his goal because it had a number (100) and a deadline (Jan. 1, 2013). This year, he has several goals, with similarly defined parameters: to work out three times a week; memorize the Gospel of John; come out with one YouTube sketch video a week; and complete the 10,000 Kevins Project. The 10,000 Kevins Project (which debuted March 1) is Herman's scheme to get 10,000 people named Kevin to sign an online petition to get Kevin Bacon to take him out for dinner. And also raise $1 million for Kevin Bacon's charity. You know, no big deal.
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