A Test of Character

How do you view others’ success?Andy Scheer May 26 2015 CU 72 dpi

by Andy Scheer

Lately I’ve had ample opportunity to check my attitude. A regular writing assignment I’ve enjoyed for years just ended. Another long-term gig appears on the verge of falling through. And a top client has stopped returning my emails.

A few months ago I found myself swamped with work. Now, not so much. It’s yet another season in a field known for continual change.

That’s not what concerns me.

What bothers me are the twinges I’ve recently felt in seeing social media posts by friends about their latest achievement, their recent award, their newest assignment.

Time for an attitude check. While openings for a certain gig may be limited, we’re really not competitors. At least as much as in politics, we work in a field where character truly counts.

We work in a field where character truly counts.

So in this season I’ll seek to make the most of my opportunities and position myself for what may arise.

And that includes trying to appreciate others’ victories. Who knows from what season they’re just emerging—or where they’re headed next.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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