1. Talk to as many people as you can.
People who know me are always surprised to learn I’m shy and introverted. But I realized early on that the most interesting life and work occurrences come from unscripted interactions with people who start out as complete strangers. This is especially true as a freelancer. Your clients will be people you sit next to on trains and planes, CEOs you cold-email and friends-of-friends-of-friends. So strike up a conversation — it gets easier, my introverted friends, I promise.