Let’s get right to it – a lot of people want to look rich & feel rich but they don’t want to go through the process that results in actually leaving them wealthy. You can stop reading if you’re scared of success; a lot of people would rather get the job that pays big than own a source of income that keeps giving even when they are not awake.
Creative thinking – in terms of idea creativity – is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.
– Edward de Bono. BrainyQuote
Here are 5 Skills You Must Cultivate & For Financial Freedom.
I’d like to think that you won’t have to quit your job to get one or two of these skills working for you, but if you can, save for a three-month self-development phase and just dive into a source of income that you can control. Assuming you are in your 20’s, driving a brand new Mercedes Benz can be a good target, but don’t expect that to happen tomorrow, rather, set your skills in line with your dreams and goals and enjoy the process.
- Go pro on Social Media.
- Develop pro-level Writing abilities.
- Learn to Invest.
- Helping others.
Let’s expand each list item a little further.
Going pro, on Social Media.
Probably the easiest on the list, most of us already have close to professional skill level navigating Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Well given how desperate a lot of companies would be to use that skill and the time to push their brands towards potential customers, you could be sitting on at least $1000,00 monthly recurring income.
Instead of fixing your phone to your face the whole day watching what your friends are up to, you could be providing that service and earning money. Read around how social media works for companies, learn how to use them to promote your own page. Test, measure and create a portfolio – that will give you your first job. Rinse and repeat.
Develop pro-level Writing abilities.
I know writers earning as much as $3000,00 per month, yet they had no clue what or how to go about their craft when they started. After a year of freelancing full time, I came close to doing this, yet back in school, you wouldn’t have picked me for any writing competition contender. Most commercial writers – not bloggers going on about what they’ve been doing to everyone – focus on a niche of their liking, gather as much knowledge as they can and stay knowledgeable, then they provide content writing services to a few clients.
Here is a sample case to show you the math: Target 5 clients, provide 4 blog posts to each on a monthly retainer basis, charge $100 per post. Just this set up guarantees $2000,00. Would you rather stay at a job that requires you to be up by 6 am rushing to be early making someone else rich then?
There has never been a time when learning how to code was easier, or more profitable, than right now. As you read this, a Python/ Ruby/ PHP/ Scala programmer makes roughly $3000,00 monthly working from home. The projects to work on never cease to come and companies are seeing the need to have an in-house developer more and more.
However, sticking with the need to wake up when you want and living a life that you need to work instead of working a life you need to live sometimes, learning as much as makes you dangerous will have companies scrambling to keep you on a retainer supporting their causes.
Learn to Invest.
This is a tricky one for most young people; we are easily taken by shiny things. While we want to own a house and car in the future, both purchases are nothing more than liabilities when you look at it from how Robert Kiyosaki @theRealKiyosaki has convinced me to recently. You can use the doctrine he shares to start something as small as a 3 hundred dollar project that multiplies into thousands as long as you are willing to nurture it. Knowing the difference between an investment and buying weights that pull you down certainly helps you to attain financial freedom.
Because we are in Africa, there are thousands of people that you can help into better futures by doing very little. Start an initiative that helps little girls get shoes to walk to school in, or to get people to donate pencils that will be the foundation for a community’s education. That alone changes how you view business, opens doors for resources to get where they are needed through you, and gives you the satisfaction that comes from giving.
In truth, there are more than just 5 skills you can develop and will make something out of you not just an employee chasing hours to pay off a car loan you know you had no business getting from the cruel bank that said yes. Help yourself to rise above the noise, the expectations and set your eyes on a ten-year target. It doesn’t matter if no one comes with you, enjoy the process and have them wishing they started following you when you started on your own path. Learn something, get real good and get someone (clients) to pay you for your skill – that’s it.
If you need any help learning the above and meeting the first source of income, get in touch @rusiqe. You can also leave your email below and I’ll be in touch.
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