If you have a skill , gift or talent or any type of expertise you should not be BROKE!! EVER!! NEVER!! NO EXCUSES!! We all have something unique about us. We all have something inside of us that was meant to touch someone else's life. We all have what it takes to plant and grow our own money tree!
As a well educated and intelligent woman I’ve been broke. Yes, I’ve been broke. I mean penniless broke. Scared I am about to be on the street with my children broke! Contrary to popular belief it is not easy for an attorney to get a good paying job practicing law. With so many markets oversaturated and so many firms closing, it is difficult to land a really good job. It is even more challenging when you come from a family of just regular hard-working people that are not well connected. Combine all those factors and it leaves many attorneys with loads of money owed to the government and working in jobs not related to law. They may also have to take jobs that pay less than their monthly student loan payments. What looks so glamorous to some is nothing close to glamorous for those that live it! Talk about stress…SIGHHHH!
After numerous interviews and sending countless resumes I was sad, frustrated and pretty much just fed up! I refused to feel defeated. I knew that my classmates that were actually working in big firms weren’t any smarter than me. I knew that I hadn’t gone to college and law school to be broke, sad and stressed! I decided to just put myself out there and start offering my services to anyone that needed them. Sometimes even for free. Yes...I said FREE! I gave out business cards to everyone I made eye contact with daily. It took some time and lots of effort, but it worked! I built a successful law practice and changed many of my clients’ lives. After years of practicing domestic and criminal law I knew that was not my passion. My passion was definitely in law, but a different type. My passion was also in entrepreneurship as I personally ran my firm like a well-oiled machine. I knew that I had the business mind to operate a profitable business, to market a business and to make something out of nothing. I took my legal expertise and knowledge of myself and used that to make an eventual career change that made me happy! I am now on a mission to show as many people as I can that with the desire, the courage and the hard work that they too can make a living sharing what they already have burning inside of them.
So what if you do not have a law degree! Who cares if you didn’t go to college! I can hear people saying '...but I don't have any talents', but the truth is everyone has talents; everyone has something that they can use to help someone else. If you don't know what your talents, gifts or your expertise is, you simply haven't discovered them yet.
So now here is the harsh reality…If you don’t know these things about yourself or what you are best suited to offer, you need to change your lifestyle. I say this because if you were living life to its fullest potential you would know soooo much about yourself. You would know what makes you happy, what gets your heart pumping and what you would definitely stay clear of daily. It took a bad divorce and me being faced with the challenge of being a single mom to a 2 yr old and and 3 month old to figure out some things about myself! Ohh geez… I don’t want to go back to those days!! Don’t let a life altering event be the catalyst to figure out what talents, gifts and knowledge really are. You are wasting the breath that you have been given if you do not discover these things about yourself.
If you have discovered your talents, your gifts, your expertise and you are not using them you have got to stop wasting them! You are truly taking what God has given you for granted! If you do not use your talents and expertise you will spend every hour that you work helping to build wealth for someone else. Many of the wealthiest people in the world became wealthy from using and sharing what was inside of them. If you really want to build wealth, the best way to do this is to build your own successful business doing what you love thereby building your own wealth and prosperity.
Think about your favorite hairstylist. What if they never picked up a pair of cutting shears? What if Steve Jobs never experimented with operating systems? What if Oprah never got in front of a camera? What if Michael Jordan never picked up a basketball? What if the architect that drew the plans for your home never studied the ins and outs of architecture? What if Suze Orman decided to keep all the financial knowledge she acquired to herself?
I am no different than you. You are no different than the people I mentioned above. If I can do this then you can too! Trust me! The secret to it all is in a few steps:
1. Dig Deep: Determine what you have to offer as a service, a product or information that can help others. Evaluate your skills and all that you have to offer. Determine who you can help and how you can help.
2. Get a Plan/ Strategy Determine how you will package yourself to appeal to those that you want to help. In addition develop a strategic plan for how you will reach the masses.
3. Dollars- Determine what you are going to charge for your specialized service or product and GO!
If you are currently working for someone and have no desire to leave that’s ok too. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. However, you can still make a residual income using what is already in side of you. It is an excellent practice for you do not know when you may be laid off, sustain an injury….whatever! By counting on yourself to make money, either as a full income or residual income, you can never go wrong. There’s nothing more rewarding than making money from doing something you love.
Once again, if I did this you can too! EASILY!!! Those skills are there. Take some time over the next few days and ask yourself, “What skill is trapped inside of me that’s just burning for me to capitalize!” Stop wasting time :)