When someone comes to me and says they’re stuck financially, I always ask one question —what skill have you learned or refined during the last six to twelve months?
And they say:
“Uh, well…um, you know.”
No, I don’t know and you sound like Chewbacca.
Here’s the reality:
If you’re stuck financially and you’re not acquiring skills —then you’re addicted to self sabotage.
(This is a #RealTalk post, skip if you haven’t had your morning coffee.)
We live in a world with unlimited access to learning skills —you can become an above average expert in any field in less than 12 months.
Read that again:
You can become an above average expert in any field in less than 12 months.
And guess what?
Experts get paid.
Experts get hired.
Experts get noticed.
And experts are able to take command of their financial circumstance without waiting for a government bailout or relying on loyalty from an employer.
(Good luck with that —they’ll leave you on the side of the road the moment random strangers, errr, shareholders complain.)
So, how do you do this?
Do a skills brain dump.
Complete a skills brain dump by putting pen to paper —all the current skills you already have some knowledge in and pick the most relevant ones.
Be vivid, clear and specific.
Saying your skill is writing is not good enough —narrow down to something like “email copywriting.”
Commit to learning every single day.
Commit to practicing and learning the skill for at least thirty minutes a day —reading ten pages a day amounts to 18 books per year.
Start promoting and solving problems.
Don’t wait to do this: you can get paid to learn if you put yourself out there and creatively pitch people who need what you have to offer.
Underpromise, then overdeliver 10X.
Charge less early on to build confidence, momentum and results —and go above and beyond by overdelivering.
Ask for referrals and upsells.
Once you have a few hits —start charging your worth, ask for referrals and turn one-time packages into recurring revenue streams.
Using this system, I’ve helped people convert an average skill into an above average, marketable asset —creating their own personal economy.
And true freedom is our ability to use the skills we have and share them with the marketplace —to the tune of $1,000 to $10,000 extra per month.
Let me ask you:
- What would an extra $475 every month do for you?
- What would an extra $1,200 every month do for you?
- What would an extra $2,750 every month do for you?
People love to complain about money —but they’re obsessed with Fantasy Football, the Kardashians and Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
(I don’t watch Game of Thrones, so maybe there isn’t one.)
But if they took 50% of this energy and pointed it towards skills —they’d not only create income, but:
Increase their capacity.
Increase their confidence.
Increase their capability.
We can all complain about what’s not working and how we’re stuck financially —or we can stop self sabotaging and take command.
We don’t get to choose both 😉
What skill are you above average at?