Take the Greater Possibilities
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Take the Greater PossibilitiesHow to do what you love and thrive.
No matter what service you’d love to provide for the world, there is a way for you to be paid to do it. Any service. To maximize the potential you have to serve from your highest values and be handsomely (or beautifully) paid in return, it’s wise to consider transforming what you think about yourself and your financial opportunities.
Thinking like an entrepreneur—taking initiative, consciously balancing risk and reward, and managing resources—will give you a huge advantage in being able to build a great financial fortune doing what you love. This mind-set helps you maximize your time and talent to make a bigger impact on the world.
Let’s say, for example, that you’re a musician who’s in a band with a few friends. Currently, you practice together twice a week in the evenings. About every other weekend, the band plays at a local bar where you’re paid per hour for the time you’re onstage. These gigs are the band’s only source of income for the present moment.
How could you take the band to the next level? And how else might you get paid for the value you provide? To start, in addition to your hourly rate for performances, you could book new venues where you’d also charge people at the door. And to bring in a larger audience, you could distribute flyers and send e-mails to all of your friends and family letting them know the upcoming dates you’ll be playing. In this manner, you’re using your time and networks much more efficiently.
While you’re performing, you could record the show and then sell the CDs, or you could give them away to generate even more interest. You might think about creating a product or promotional tool for your band as well. You could, for example, set up a Website with an online store for customers to buy your CDs or download digital files. This is where you’d start to generate some revenue without needing your physical presence to make it happen. Having a continually increasing fan base—driven by word of mouth and access to your music even when you’re not performing—could also provide an incentive for every band member to take his or her musical skills to the next level.
By thinking like an entrepreneur and treating your band like an innovative business model, you’d be doing almost exactly the same thing as you were previously when you were earning only on a time-for-money basis, except you’d be utilizing your resources to increase not only your income but also your social recognition and status.
Here’s another scenario: Let’s say you’re currently a student. What are the possibilities? When I was attending the University of Houston, I used to tutor. And when I was in graduate school, I used to “present” classes six or seven nights a week, teaching whatever I had learned earlier that day. This helped me pay for most of my education. I made enough money to cover my accommodations, textbooks, and study resources—almost everything I needed! The opportunity I created also made me more self-confident and taught me how to promote myself, which has no doubt assisted me in building the recognition that I have today.
Perhaps you’ll decide to start tutoring other students in your own classes, and help them understand the topics that you’ve already mastered. But let’s take it a step further. Why not tutor more than one student at a time and perhaps form a group? Why not tutor online, offering your services to people who aren’t even on the same campus as you? You’d be spending the same amount of time teaching, except you’d be making ten (or more) times the income that you would if you were tutoring just one student.
You could also write an article about one of your classes that gets sent out to the student body. By stepping up and having a say, you would be building recognition for yourself and would probably gain even more students as a result. Once you started making a substantial income, you’d find that this would give you incentive to study harder and focus on mastering your classes so that you could continue teaching. Not only would you be mastering your courses, but you’d also get ahead in your career by gaining valuable work experience. Remember that you learn what you teach the most.
Many people assume that while they’re in school, they don’t have time to earn extra money. When you start thinking like an entrepreneur, however, you realize that there are no limits to what you can do. You may as well take advantage of whatever time and energy you have throughout your life to serve others and get richly rewarded while doing so. You deserve it!
Maybe you appreciate this concept but worry about having to “sell stuff.” That may be because you have this old belief that all selling is like pushing used cars onto unsuspecting customers or convincing people to buy things they don’t really need. But the truth is that nothing happens or gets done in the world until someone “sells” something to someone, whether it’s a tangible thing or an idea. Selling is what prompts any kind of exchange; and the greatest type is about fair exchange, trading value for commensurate value.
No matter where you are today, if you start to think outside the box and associate with individuals who think globally, you’ll begin to see new and greater possibilities for yourself. You really can do what you love when you have the vision, inspiration, and purpose to achieve it. In fact, the greater your goal is, the more resources you’ll attract to fulfill that inspired dream.