5 Reasons To Focus On Skills Over Passion

Catch phrases online like "follow your heart, or passion and make money" however well intended, can be misleading. Passion alone does not make for a successful business.

Even if you know in your heart and soul you have something really special to offer, making it into something to sell is a deep process. 

What compels people to buy ultimately comes down to whether or not you can convince them you're the perfect solution they've been looking for to help solve their problem.

Spending money is EMOTIONAL. Can you relate?

Whether it's eco-friendly laundry soap or buying a car when we spend money, emotion is a factor in our decision making.

So, when you're thinking about starting or growing a business, knowing your natural SKILLS is equally if not more important to your passion and here's why.

-Your skills are likely something you have extensive experienced doing.

-There's measurable evidence of your achievements and/or success with...

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Mindset Power

Mindset is important to everyday life and like learning to cook, paint or an alternative healing art, requires practice. To become part of our daily life, we actually have to consciously apply the tools behind it.

Let's break it down:

What is Mindset?
-voice inside your head
-things we tell ourselves
-critic self-talk
-perspective

 

Why is Mindset important?
-it informs our emotions, behavior and energy
-how we think about ourselves is what we project
-how we think informs our actions and decisions
-our actions and decisions directly relate to goals and outcome

 

What is Right Mindset?
-Right mindset is the ability to have negative thoughts and quickly
reset or reconfigure them into useful, positive, productive state-of-mind.
-It’s about taking the emotion out of the equation for Objective reasoning. Without negating how you FEEL!
-having the intention to find solutions rather than worry
-trusting in yourself to tackle challenges rather than allow them to hold you...

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Building Your Team

If you're considering building a team for your business, hold up a minute and read this first!

If your ultimate plan is to generate sustainable income, then hiring a part-time VA to help with specific tasks like editing your newsletter, posting content or managing your FB Ads, will be essential. 

The purpose of this post is to provide food-for-thought about building your team with an independent virtual part-time helper. Essentially, a DIY entrepreneur VA who is an at-will contractor helping you with specific tasks to free up your time, without hiring an official employee. 

The question is: Are the systems you currently have in place for your business *Ready Enough* you can quickly transfer daily or weekly tasks to someone else (a stranger) in such way they will make effective use of their time and your dollars?

Having a team is a BIG deal to be taken seriously. If you owned a business with a physical shop for example, you'd be required to pay...

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Owning Your Value

'Owning Your Value' is a process of personal growth and transformation. You may have passion and creativity and know how to get stuff done but, when it comes to owning your value, stepping out of your comfort zone and being visible is critical. Tech tools and fancy websites don't give us confidence in ourselves. Knowing and owning your value can be challenging if you've never worked for yourself. If you're stuck in your business and are serious about moving forward, owning your value is a great place to start!

WHAT IS OWNING YOUR VALUE? Owning your value is both what you know and believe about the value you offer AND how you communicate that in your business. Through your words, visual marketing, website, copy, offers, broadcasts, content, etc., From your color palette to how you write and speak about your business and customers' needs. All of which points to owning your value. In order to gain people’s trust in your experience, knowledge and credibility, you have to...

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Are You Expert Enough?

If you've ever had too many ideas stop you from taking action, I can relate and wrote this for you! It's not an abundance of ideas that prevents us from taking action, though. It's actually OVER-THINKING that prevents us from taking action. Over-thinking causes confusion and because, you're so smart you have an abundance of ideas, why not start with ONE idea and cut yourself some slack! 

We tend to get in our own way, second guessing our value, how and what we can help people with. 

Wouldn't it be great if you could complete ONE thing instead of chipping away at a dozen unfinished projects? It took me FOREVER to finally let go of my super-midlife+-mom-bizpreneur cape for something more basic that keeps my spirits high, my health in tact and my business strategy in tact. And I forgive myself for the time I lost I'll never get back! 

What's true is that you're already 'Expert' Enough to create valuable content!

Think of it this way — You know and have...

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Quick Steps To Get Unstuck

REASONS WE GET UNSTUCK INCLUDE:

  • not enough down time to let your ideas sink in
  • taking on more than we can deal with
  • things/people don't fit in our situation
  • we need more sleep
  • we force ourselves to do stuff that doesn't align
  • self-doubt causes confusion
  • we need to break our project down into digestible bites
  • lack of patience
  • our expectations are excessive
  • lack of clarity 

All of this is easily fixable. The journey is as much about personal growth as business growth and I can appreciate wanting results -- but, everything happens in it's in own right time and when we force things, we don't always get the results we want anyway.

YOU are the driver of your destiny but, if you don't believe in that or yourself, you'll stay stuck. Circumstances might not always be our choice but, how we deal with them most certainly is! If you really need self-care, more sleep or time away from the grind, it's up to you to take it. Working on your terms means bucking up, using your creativity...

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Shift Resistance and Blocks

Ready to bring some joy and clarity into your life and business? How will you accomplish ONE task you've been avoiding or resisting to move another step or two closer to your ultimate goal? What will it take to get out of your own way.

Be honest without judging yourself.

If you struggle with RESISTANCE or blocks, it's time to break the cycle, stop struggling and get out of your own way. I created a deep & powerful mini-course to help creatives like you QUICKLY understand your triggers and consequences of Resistance and Teach you how to reverse engineer your Resistance into inspired Action! Sound good?

 

Kathy Weller, Licensed Artist & Graphic Designer

"The value I received from this class REALLY blew me away. It was clear, distilled, focused and to-the-point. There was no extraneous materials, which really helped keep the focus on the here and now, especially given the subject matter. I feel MORE in the driver's seat now, when it comes to facing my own...

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