The latest odd-ball story of those "held against their will" concerns four men in Houston, Texas. THE GUARDIAN reports that they contend that they were lured into alleged captivity 10 years ago with offers of beer and cigarettes. The media are still following up on the women "held against their will" in Cleveland, Ohio.
Too many of us ghostwriters and speechwriters find ourselves in the same sort of pickle. Only it's self-created. We lack the will to exit jobs and clients bad for us. The reason is usually fear: severe angst of losing what we got or not getting what we want.
So, we hold on. Conventional wisdom tells us all about a bird in the hand. However, we witness in our colleagues' and our own careers that hanging on could make it impossible to exit, at least on our own terms. The typical scenario is that discontent loses the job or client. Confidence goes with it. It takes a long time to bounce back. Or, the bad fit seeps into our sense of a professional self. We present ourselves poorly for new opportunities.
As a free agent who has a proven track record in new business development, I can afford risk taking. Before I replace client accounts, I drop some. It's free fall without any ground in sight. And it works beautifully. Not in captivity to anything, I can sell effectively.