Wilma Mann is a local (WA) writer and historian whom I am proud to call my friend. Wilma turned the end of last week’s blog post into a motivational microessay that she has graciously allowed me to reproduce on thirtyseven as my first guest post [thanks, Wilma!].
To survive in this world: a Q&A
by Wilma Mann
“To survive in this world, I guess you need to be able to commercialise the skills you have, in whichever realm they may be.”
But what if you don’t know how to commercialise your skills?
You find out.
What are your skills? Can you package them? Can you make then into a series of saleable products/items/information?
You look at possible markets for your skills.
You put your findings about your skills and experiences into a package.
You present the package to likely buyers/employers/interest groups.
What if the idea of selling yourself is repellent?
You’re not selling yourself.
You’re selling your skills and knowledge.
How do I do that?
Get help from people who know about marketing.
What if it all sounds too hard?
You need to imagine the rewards for the effort and not think about less successful ventures.
You need to need the money to enrich the life you have, not change it.
Am I too old?
For pole dancing and being an Olympian, yes; for every other endeavour, no. You just need to want to be financially able to fulfil you dream of financial independence.
Remember you are flying at the level you think you deserve. Lift your expectations and you will fly much higher.
I’m not competitive.
You don’t need to be. You just need to be able to sell your skills and experiences and people will come to you for your skills and products.
I don’t want to lose the financial security I’ve got at the moment.
‘At the moment’ is now. If you keep doing the same thing as now, without changing anything, you will always get the same results.
You are the one to augment change in your life.
Ask yourself this, what is important to me? If making money is not up there at the top of the list, you must be in a relatively financially secure position.
Make the important things in your life a priority.
Believe in your skills and attributes, your creativity.
A successful life is about much more than financial.
What makes your life a success?
Follow your instinct, not what you think you should be doing to be commercially viable. That may or may not come and either way, you will deal with it.
Whatever you do, do it because you love it.
Live life the way you choose.
Your life is not necessarily what others want, but no one size fits all…
You can find out more about Wilma and her words via http://wilmamann.com.au/.