11 signs that you’re taking yourself too seriously

Oh come on. You know it. We all do it sometimes and by the end of this post you will know how to spot it and stop it.

1.    You’ve had your profile picture done professionally and it’s everywhere on the web. Your head is ever so slightly cocked to one side, enigmatically (or so you thought).

2.    You own a t-shirt with Keep Calm and Keep Creating on it (or something equally pointless). Ever better, you might have several versions in different colours and variations on the theme.

3.    You know the difference between Pecha Kucha and Ignite. And for a bonus point how many slides are in each.

keep calm and don't forget to be awesome
BTW. This is ironic.

4.    You talk about yourself in the third person.  ‘We’, ‘Our’…for the avoidance of doubt.

5.    You rearrange your diary with your VA in the queue at the coffee shop. Makes you look busy. Yeah right.

6.    You join every Meet up group that matches your ‘keywords’ and you go to most of them. In your T-shirt (see point 2)

7.    You actually care how many followers you have on your social media profiles. And the exact ratio of followers to followed.

8.    You ask people to sign NDAs when you talk about your business. You have reams of copies in your rucksack.

9.    When people say ‘how are you?’ you answer with a monologue about how overwhelmed you are. And how no one can understand/help/be as hard done by as you.

10.You have an anecdote for everything. There is nothing that you haven’t seen or done.

11.You think your blog is somewhere that people come to learn at the feet of the master/mistress.

Time to come clean. I have ticked 8 out of these 11 boxes. I’m not going to tell you which ones, but suffice to say that I’ve realised that I need to get out more and laugh more. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t spent as much time as I used to with freelancers.  Because I believe that what sets groups of freelancers apart from the other networking groups that you might attend is a humility and sense of self-depreciation that you don’t often find.

Which is another reason why you should be freelance. As if you need one. 😉




Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

One comment

  1. Kate Morgan Reply →

    What a tedious, unfunny list – utterly contrived and badly written. It reveals nothing except that the boorish author is a lot more mediocre than he/she thinks.

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