I went through a period of really rapid success. This success made me think I could handle anything and I overextended. I burned out, fell into diagnosed depression and anxiety. I was also diagnosed with adult ADHD.
While I’ve been improving myself, the last three projects I’ve worked on I’ve experienced the experiences where I was shown no respect or was manipulated.
Project 1: didn’t get paid my share over a year late
Project 2: refused to pay me for my work while company made millions
Project 3: connected personally and shared my story, partner used that information and took advantage of the situation.
I’ve certainly learned my lesson but I have lost the ability to trust others. Does anyone have advise for me to improve my position outward so I get more respect? How should I make it clear I’m no people pleaser and get tough on communicating my value and needs?