After meeting up at the gym, my Uncle hooked me up with a bottle of acia juice a couple of weeks ago. Acia, if you've never heard of it is a lot like a blueberry on steroids. My Uncle promises me as he hands me the bottle that it will do wonders for my energy level and may even have some medicinal qualities to help my sore hip.
Over the next couple of weeks I try the stuff: one shot in the morning and one at dinner. It's actually not too bad, but when asked if I'll order some of it, the answer's, "No". I know, I just got done saying I like the stuff, I do, but I don't like it enough to pay for it. In truth, I may feel a little more energized and it didn't taste that bad, but I didn't experience "wonders" when it came to my energy level and it didn't do anything for my hip. In the end the benefits I perceived I was getting were enough to justify the cost. I like acia, it's probably pretty good for me, but I am not going to buy it.
I thought of all of this in the context of clients hiring me...or you as their freelancer. Over the years I am sure there have been clients that would have loved to have worked with me, but their perceived value of what they were getting didn't match up with the price I was charging.
So it is possible for a potential client or existing client to like you, and to think you're talented but still to go in another direction. How odd I learned this lesson from a plant that native to countries like Brazil and Peru that until last year I'd never heard of.