So I've learned quite a lot really fast.
Some very simple principles that have actually made my life less stressful and more profitable can I feel like I should share these with my friends who may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
1. Know what you're worth.
2. Negotiate your value during the interview process not after.
3. Stand up for your values and be willing to risk everything to maintain them.
4. Maintain a minimum quality standard, if you don't have what you need to do the project properly then acquire what you need to accomplish the goal properly if that's outside of your realm of control be on top of the people who are Even if it inconveniences or annoys them.
5. Your clients are ultimately the ones who pay your bill defended them and be nice to them they'll seek to follow you on their own free will without persuasion.
6. You are the hired expert they seek you to make decisions for them, give them ABC situations not free will I know that sounds terrible but if you're the expert of apples and oranges then hand them an apple or an orange not a pear.
7. Completely own your mistakes and do it quickly. If you break something or something goes wrong don't lie Tell them the truth whoever it is. To make mistakes is human.
8. Loyalty is for your family and your friends not your paycheck. What I mean by that is there is always someone who is going to treat you better and pay you more.
9. Call out bluffs when you see it. If someone threatens that you're fired if you walk out the door for holding your ground know your stake are you actually worth being kept? Because if you are there will be a compromise if you're not then you are never worth anything to them anyway so find a better place to go. I have done this with two different employers in my life and both times they never say sorry but in their own way they tend to typically shoot off an email asking for you to come back in a roundabout way.
10. Be genuinely valuable learn new skills and become a master of it not for the sake of earning more money but purely for the adventure of knowledge for when you know how to do something it makes you valuable.
11. Teach your valuable knowledge to others and I know that sounds like an oxymoron but it's not remember learning is a continuous process where if you hoard the information for yourself it will eventually become old and irrelevant. Because you are on a constant quest to learn more you should teach everything that you do know to others so that way they can learn what you have already mastered. Remember they're just starting their journey of what you've already figured out helping them in teaching them along the way makes more room for you to learn new and better things. if you do not share this knowledge that you know you will be burdened by what you have mastered as the exclusive professional.
This logic does not work because it becomes the tired old AT&t tech who knows very much how to hook up a pots line but will be doing it for the rest of his life because he has taught nobody how to do it.