The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition
So in my first six months as a “lifestyle entrepreneur”, I’ve had a quite few people tell me that I’ve inspired them or made them think, a few have asked what are the top 5 lifestyle entrepreneur businesses (which I will answer in a future post) and a few have asked “how did you do it?”
The answer to how I got here it is a long story. I wish I could say that this came to me as a flash of divine wisdom, but it was actually lessons learned over an extended period of time. I will explain some of these more in detail in the future, but for now, I’ve attempted to distill them into eight simple steps. Here are the first 4.
1.Inventory your gifts. All of them. I believe that everyone comes to this planet with unique gifts that only they can offer to the world. Start with these. You don’t need to be able to make money with them in the beginning. You just need to know what they are. What do you enjoy doing? What did you want to do as a kid when you grew up? What do you do for fun? What are you interested in? What have you been good at or successful at in the past? Write all of these down. Don’t edit yourself in any way.
2.Use them to meet the needs of others. Service is the key. The world is designed to be a value for value proposition. 99% of everything we need to meet our survival level needs (food, water, shelter, clothing, transportation, etc.) comes from other people. This is not an accident.
We get what we need by giving others what they need. You may be able to survive doing what you love without taking others needs into account but you will never thrive on a consistent basis.
Remember it’s not about you. It’s about them. Make a list of all the potential needs that people have that your skills might fulfill. Then start serving. It’s that simple. Don’t worry about making money in the beginning. Just concentrate on giving your best possible service. Abundance will come when you move to step 3.
3.Improve your product or serve more people. Once you start serving, all you have to do is improve your product or service or serve more people. Doing both is preferable. If you do these things, an increase in something must follow. Ultimately, money just a way to keep score of the value you are adding to others. Genuine service to others is the only real source of security. More on this later. For now the most important thing to remember that is your most important product is YOU.
4. Save some money and give some away. Create an abundance mindset. Ever since my children were infants, I have impressed upon them that your mind is your greatest asset and your most powerful asset. Conversely, used in the wrong way, it can be your greatest enemy.
Your brain will make whatever you think true, therefore I refuse to say that I don’t have enough money because it means that my brain must make this true. The cool thing is that all I need to do create an abundance mindset is to convince my mind that I have more than enough.
Luckily, there are two simple steps to achieve this. One is by saving and the other is by giving some away. Both methods tell your brain that you have more than enough to meet your survival level needs, even if you’re only giving away or saving a few dollars.
The cool thing is that the more you can save or give away, the greater level of abundance your brain will believe you have and the greater amount of resources you will experience in your life. Start with saving first and work towards 10% of your income. As they say, charity starts at home.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give to a worthy cause until you reach 10%. You can and should still do both. It just means you should save enough in the beginning so you’re not asking others for charity.
Ironically, in terms of giving, the secret is realizing that nothing really belongs to you anyway. It’s just on loan. 100 years from now, you will be dead and every material thing that you treasure right now will be in the hands of someone else or on some trash heap.
Due to the temporary nature of life, every possession will eventually leave your hands anyway. You can either choose to give it away on your own or it will be taken from you when you die and given to someone else. There are absolutely no exceptions.
Yeah, I know. Kinda depressing, right? But it is what it is.
On that note, I’ll leave it here and give you the others next time. 🙂