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Becoming a freelancer has plenty of benefits including independence, freedom, and control over your time. However, it also involves many ups and downs, doubts, and uncertainty along the way. In this episode of Career Relaunch, Stephen Satterfield, a former restaurant manager turned freelance writer and founder of an online food magazine shares his own unique career journey and thoughts on how to patiently manage upheaval and uncertainty in your career. I’ll also address a listener question about how to stay motivated each and every day.

Key Career Insights

  1. Building a new career is like building a business. It requires patience, time, and an ongoing commitment to create the change you desire.
  2. Uncertainty is a common part of career change that people don’t always talk about, but your ability to acknowledge and manage it is critical.
  3. Even if you’re not doing “what you love” full time, taking small steps in that direction still creates progress.

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Mental Fuel- Listener Challenge

Mental FuelDuring this episode’s Mental Fuel segment, I shared a few ways I stay motivated even when I’m feeling a bit frustrated. What are some of the techniques or tools you use to stay on track with your own career goals? Share your tips with the Career Relaunch community in the comments below.


About Stephen Satterfield, Food Writer, Activist & Founder

Stephen SatterfieldStephen Satterfield is a food writer, speaker, food activist, and Founder of Whetstone Magazine, where he shares stories of food origins. He’s the inaugural food writing fellow at Civil Eats, a leading voice on the American food system, and the former restaurant manager at Nopa in San Francisco. Follow Stephen on Twitter and Instagram.

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About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu is dedicated to helping people relaunch their careers and have more meaningful careers. As a public speaker, career consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, he shares insights from relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals to more effectively marketing their personal brands.

About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu helps aspiring professionals relaunch their careers to do work that matters. As a keynote speaker, career & personal branding consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, his passion is helping people gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue truly meaningful careers. Having gone through three major career changes himself, he now shares insights from building & relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals and business owners to build & relaunch their personal brands.