Since I launched Bent Business Marketing almost a year ago, I’ve met a ton of inspirational people. People who have transformed the way I think about business! But I’ve also met some individuals who I only wish would harness the power of their amazing talents, and use it to make a positive dent in the world they live in.
“I wish I could do this (skill or hobby) for a living, but I feel that my opportunity has passed.”
Success does not yield only to those who are young, and motivated. A motivation to do something different, buck the system and rage against the status-quo is within all of us. Both young and old! The opportunity for you to follow your dreams will never pass you by. New opportunities present themselves everyday.
For me, it’s when I am told to go speak to someone about marketing. The “old Andy” would have slapped the info into his calendar, but would’ve failed to ever pursue the opportunity.
Now, I make contact within that same hour. It takes only a heavy dose of pig-headed discipline, and the reluctance to quit, that separates those who long for success from those who realize it.
But the question remains, why do so many people focus on the past when speaking of their “lost opportunity?”
In his 1948 bestseller, Tested Salesmanship, Elmer Wheeler stated that, “It is because a lot of people still regard wealth as something like a huge pie. When the pie has been cut and there is none left, there is no more to go around. Those who get the first slices, get all of the breaks. But wealth is not something that is divided. Wealth is something that is produced.”
You are the foreman of your own production line. The production of riches is nothing more than a machine, and the last I checked, the machine doesn’t care about the age of the finger who flips the ON switch. Every single one of us, yes, you included, has a unique set of skills that makes us valuable. A value that you can then place a price tag on!
But don’t expect someone to tell you what your skills are worth. You are the only one who can determine that number. And let me tell you from experience, you will be nervous at first, but as long as you have confidence in your abilities, those who understand the quality of your work, will be willing to pay the price. Never lower your own value based on someone else’s perception.
As long as what you offer is of high quality, moral value and you sell with integrity behind your pitch, you will never have a problem supporting both yourself and your family.
We live in the richest country in the world. Not solely based on the amount of money we possess, but within our ability to leverage the power of our innate and natural talents to overcome diversity.
In the United States of America, the sky is truly the limit!
If you offer the solution to a problem experienced by a large group of people, well…you are on your way to securing yourself a seat at the feast of financial independence, personal happiness, and an overabundance of self-accomplishment.
But in the meantime, you’ll have to work your ass off!
P.S. I love you guys! ~Andy #themarketingguy