Zenpreneur Success Talk is a series of weekly interviews with successful entrepreneurs. They share life lessons and business
tips you can use to to create your dreams
of financial success and still stay true to you. This week I talk with writer and creativity coach Katherine Roberson-Pilling about how to empower your ability
to authentically and powerfully create your life and work.
Katherine is a creativity mentor, coach and author of “The Wheel of Creativity®: Taking Your Place in the Adventure of Life.” She lives between the US, the UK and beautiful Nice, France where I met her while living on the French Riviera for 6 weeks last summer.
As a professional writer and producer for more than 30 years, Katherine is intimately familiar with the creative process. In her personal journey she’s come to see the patterns of it’s power in all of life. She has identified those patterns as stages of the creative process and crafted them into the 12 stations of The Wheel of Creativity.
In this interview we talk about how you can unlock your creativity and prosper while staying true to yourself.
Listen to Katherine’s empowering insights and tips and get inspired to create a beautiful life!
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Is it finally time for you to do what you love and make a good living at it?
In their 2013 State of the American Workforce report, Gallup found that the percentage of American workers fully engaged in their jobs remains flat at about 30%. “There are approximately 100 million people in America who hold full-time jobs. 30 million (30%) are engaged and inspired at work. At the other end of the spectrum are roughly 20 million (20%) who are actively disengaged. The other 50 million (50%) American workers are not engaged. They’re just kind of present, but not inspired by their work or the company they work for.”
To quote Bob Dylan “He who is not busy living is busy dying.” That means that millions of employees are what Jonathan Fields calls the ‘working dead’. You may not want to think of yourself that way, but how alive do you actually feel at work?
Perhaps you already are doing what you love but you aren’t making enough money and you’d like to make a lot more. Making great money doing what you love may happen for you while working for someone else, but if you need the creative freedom to fully explore what you love doing, you’re going to have to own your own business and make enough money without killing yourself doing it. Otherwise you’ll soon burn out. You’ll need to be focused and persistent and able to bounce back when things get rough. You have to be empowered to be a successful entrepreneur. Which means you have to be good at making money and enjoy yourself while doing it.
The 4 Keys to Make Great Money Doing What You Love
As Simon Sinek explains so well in his inspiring book Start With Why “The clearer your ‘Why’, the easier your ‘How’.” So make it a lot easier to be good at making money doing what you love – get clear about your most important ‘Whys’
1. Know What You Love to Do and Why You Love to Do It
Give yourself undistracted time. Walk away from your computer and turn off your smart phone. Take a long deep look at your life and what you’re passionate about.
Ask yourself questions like:
“What excites me and turns me on?”
“What do I love to read about and explore?”
“What did I love to do and create as a child?”
Spend time with these questions. Take long walks alone in nature. Allow your mind to empty out. And have the intention to know what you’d truly love to do. It will come to you.
2. Know What You’re Good At and Why That Empowers You
Ask current and former clients, employers or people who you’ve helped in some way to tell you how you made a difference in their lives or businesses. Ask what was different and special about the way you helped them. Then really look at those people’s responses.
Did you enjoy using those skills?
Did it make your heart sing?
Does what you’re good at empower you and make you want to do a lot more of that?
Be honest with yourself. After all, this is what you’re looking to do for a long time and to get deep rewarding satisfaction from. You have to take total responsibility for your life and work or you’ll end up exchanging a dead end job working for somebody else for a dead end job working for yourself.
3. Know What People Want and Are Willing to Pay For and Why You Care
Find out what people really want to change in an area that you’re familiar with or fascinated by. Are there enough people who are ready and willing to pay good money for that change? You need to know all this in order to communicate clearly that you have a solution for them.
And then find out if you truly care about helping those people change what isn’t working for them or to get what they really want. If you realize you don’t really care, find a way to care or find those people and problems you really do care about. Otherwise, you may make money, even great money, but you won’t love doing it.
4. Know How to Make Money and Why You Really Want It
Optimize your mindset about creating and receiving money with your unique gifts and abilities. Be able to create, receive and have money doing what you love on an ongoing basis. A lot of people can make good money working for somebody else. (Although that’s getting harder and harder these days.)
But when it comes to promoting and selling their own skills and abilities, what I often see with clients and people I talk to is a lot of fear and resistance to putting themselves and their gifts out there. It’s next to impossible to promote yourself and sell your services effectively when fear overwhelms you or eats at your gut.
So two things:
1. Let go of the fear that keeps you from promoting your gifts effectively.
2. Empower yourself to create and receive money from your talents and abilities. Release the judgments and fear from family, school and society telling you it’s wrong to be too independent, enthusiastic, curious, creative and different. Let go of the voices that told to ‘calm down’, be realistic, don’t ask so many questions, don’t have such high hopes, fit in, don’t rock the boat.
Connect with people who are actively and earnestly looking to change something that you’re able to help them with. This is how you start to make great money. Again ask yourself empowering questions to get to the heart of why you really care about having more money. Not just a fantasy, but a real felt sense for having money and being able to do things that money can make happen for you.
“What would I truly love to do or have?”
“How much would that actually cost?”
“What would it feel like to be able to do that or have that?”
“What would it feel like to have that much money?”
Use Your 4 ‘Why’s’ to Make Money Doing What You Love
Allow yourself to be strengthened and nourished by your new inner knowing. Go beyond your mind and be fully in your heart with your ‘why’s’. Let your heart felt ‘why’s’ flow nurturing sustainable energy through all your actions. Be like bamboo, strong yet flexible. Your why’s’ will make you heart-centered, caring and generous to yourself as well as the people you help.
When you deeply and intimately know your 4 why’s and fully commit to them, then you can have a clear focused vision with a powerful strategy and action plan that gets the results you’re looking for and greater.
But be sure you’re fully aligned with your 4 why’s on all levels in everything you do. Because if you’re not totally aligned with what love to do and choose to make money from, you will sabotage your results.
So get crystal clear and fully aligned with what you’re choosing. And make a demand of yourself, not a “I would like to” or a “I’m going to in the future”. Make it a heart felt demand! That way you’ll have the full power of your caring and intention behind it.
Here’s to you making great money doing what you love and changing the world!
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We talked about how coaches, healers and heart-centered entrepreneurs can let go of limiting energy and beliefs and empower their mindset to create a clear vision and action plan to attract more clients and make more money,
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Just yesterday I came across an amazing video on Facebook. Perhaps you’ve seen it. It’s about a village in Paraguay that’s built on an active garbage dump. The children in that village are making violins and cellos – in fact all the orchestral instruments from recycled garbage. And they’re playing beautifully! They even have an orchestra – it’s called the Landfill Harmonic!
You can watch it here:
What does this story have to do with you changing the world?
Well if children in Paraguay can make classical music instruments from recycled garbage and play beautiful music, do you suppose that you can change the world with what you may consider your garbage – the limitations you’ve overcome in your life?
How You Can Change the World
It’s called making your mess your message. You’ve probably heard of that, but here’s a twist. You can create your own unique methodology from the way you’ve overcome your challenges.
You see having your own unique methadology is one of the key factors in making yourself unique. By finding your unique contribution and letting people know about it, you can build your credentials and reputation, attract clients and build a successful business.
My unique methodology is the way I’ve turned my challenges with being creative into a blend of inner and outer resources to empower entrepreneurs to tap into their creative power, make great money and change the world. Your unique methodology can be the way you’ve overcome your life challenges and how you’ve turned that into you being a greater contribution to the world.
A beautiful example of turning one’s limitations into greatness is Nelson Mandela. He spent 27 years of hard labor imprisoned by the white South African government. He lost his freedom,his family and the
possibilities for his life. Yet he didn’t become bitter.
In fact, he made friends with his jailers and learned about their culture. And when apartheid was overthrown and Nelson Mandela became the leader of his country, he drew from his experience and led his countrymen to let go of the past and unify then with a message of hope for a better future.
People looked up to him and followed him because he had lived his personal transformation so honestly and authentically. If he had suffered so much much and still forgive and reconcile with his jailers, then who couldn’t follow him and join him by stepping into their greatness?
So I encourage you to reach deep and transform your greatest limitations into your greatest strengths. Live the the full breadth and depth of your life and change the world!
PS. – To give you a big boost to promote your unique gifts to the world, I’m offering a free four week Money Making Teleseries starting July 30th. It’s called “Make Money Doing What You Love” and it’s aimed at empowering you to have a phenomenal Fall launch into greater success.
To join us, register here for the “Make Money Doing What You Love” Four Week Teleseries. Check it out. I promise it will empower you with energy and strategies to make money doing what you love and change the world in a much bigger way!
Photo courtesy of “South Africa The Good News” http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/
Zenpreneur Success Talk is a series of weekly interviews with
successful entrepreneurs. They share life lessons and business
tips you can use to create your dreams of financial success and
still stay true to you.
This week I talk with Monica Arias. Monica is an expert in creating
excellence in sales and customer service, especially for wealthy customers in the luxury goods and services industry. We talk about how you can make your customers happy and keep them coming back for more through a culture of excellence.
You can listen and get insights to build your business better below:
Zenpreneur Success Talk is a series of weekly interviews with successful entrepreneurs. They share life lessons and business tips you can use to create your dreams of financial success and still stay true to you. This week you
can learn about authentic branding to build stronger customer relationships on social media.
I’m talking with Joanne Probyn. Joanne is a digital marketing strategist and the owner of ReadyGo Media in Vancouver, Canada. Joanne helps clients strengthen their brands, drive growth and deepen customer relationships.
Here are some of the important topics we cover that will help you authentically brand your business to attract more clients and generate more money faster and easier:
- Involve community emotionally through storytelling
- Put passion behind your business to build an army of advocates
- Know what people want and continually adapt to keep providing it
- Create events to put forward your strengths and differentiate your business
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