November 2016

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Purpose: Good Ideas Don’t Make Money

We have been speaking on common misconceptions about purpose. Here is the second one we need to address:

2. You can make a good income on your big ideas bulb

This speaks specifically about money, which means for all of us, it’s time to be real. You can’t live your purpose, no matter how good an idea, unless it can give you a return. Some say that they love what they do so much they don’t need to get paid doing it. But, if you can’t get a return on all of the work you put into your idea, you won’t be able to keep doing it. Eventually you’ll have to do something else to take care of your needs, in other words, earn some money.

To know if an idea is able to draw in good income, you will have to pursue that idea with passion and diligence to see what works and what doesn’t; then (this is key), adapt and change when necessary- even if that means dropping the idea altogether and going back to the drawing board. Your vision of your purpose will become more and more clear as you do this. Good ideas don’t make income- value and pursuit makes income. If it offers value to others and you pursue it vigorously, it will work.

It’s important, however, that you keep good ideas and purpose as separate things in your mind. Your purpose doesn’t necessarily change, but the idea or avenue you test to fulfill your purpose will need to change until it works. All to often we think HOW we go about fulfilling our purpose IS our purpose. The two are not the same.edison

No matter what, don’t give up on your purpose. Be resourceful, persistent and unwavering. Eventually, you will find a HOW that works.

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Purpose: You’ll Just Know

Another misconception about purpose is one that many hopefuls repeat. It is:

Once you find your purpose you’ll just know it

Unfortunately, friends, family and even some “experts” say this same thing in more or less words. Not only is this ridiculously vague, it leaves you confused. It’s most helpful to provide some indicators or measurements for you to know you have pinpointed your purpose. These are two indicators that I want to share with you:

1. Can you monetize it?

2. Does it positively impact others or add value to their lives?

Ask yourself: why would monetizing it be an indicator? Because the simplest and most fundamental way to know if your purpose is actually your purpose is by the way people value it. People prove to you that what you’re doing is actually providing them value by paying you. It’s the act of putting their money where their mouth is. Anyone can say it sounds good, but will they pay for it? Money is the truest indicator.

Now, before you look purely into monetizing purpose you need to consider this second indicator. When trying to clarify your purpose, you have to keep your focus on others. You must be able to ask yourself if your purpose is positively impacting others and adding value to their lives, not just yours. Your true life purpose is never about yourself, and is always about others. It’s not truly your purpose if you’re doing it for selfish reasons. If your focus is all on making lots of money, you won’t make lots of money (at least not in good or fulfilling ways).

Purpose is about using your gifts, time, and talents to help others improve in some way. I have colleagues who’s purpose is to teach other’s how to be great at sales, or achieve optimal health, where I help people monetize their mission and reach their niche. I do it so others can go to bed each night feeling fulfilled and knowing they made a difference, and for some of my colleagues, they do it because they want others to have financial freedom, or to live vibrantly for their families. No matter what it is you do, your purpose will be about others.

Of the three misconceptions that you have read in the past 3 blog posts, you’ll notice that the same two things kept popping up: money and adding value to others. Understand that you cannot expect to be able to figure out making money and adding value just starting out. Run with an idea, test it out. Figure it out by trial and error. Of course, I recommend getting a mentor so you spend less time “trying” to get it right and more time getting it right the first time. Just know that your purpose only becomes clear by working it out enough to shake off all the uncertainties. As a mentor and speaker I have helped thousands around the world live their purpose successfully, which is why I can tell you with certainty that money and value are the clearest indicators of your purpose.

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Confusion about Purpose

There are some misconceptions that are common when it comes to your purpose and mission. These create confusion and cause so many to waste precious time and resources when they could actually be making lots of progress.

A few of the most common misconceptions are: If you have a purpose and you’re passionate enough, you will succeed; and you can make a good income on your big ideas; and once you find your purpose you’ll just know it.

If you are going to succeed it’s important I save you time and frustration by debunking these misconcepts. In this post I’ll unravel the first one:

If you have a purpose and you’re passionate enough, you will succeed

As much as this one might seem like it makes sense, let’s admit it, we all know people who are very passionate and aren’t successful. Now, some may ask, what do you mean by successful? From my experience and expertise success in your purpose is measured by both money and more importantly, impacting other’s lives. If you can’t do both, then you aren’t succeeding. If it’s your purpose it should be able to do both. Even people who work for charities or choose to donate all of their money to causes, must have money to cover naturally occurring expenses. In more rare cases some have family members that sponsor them to go do “XYZ” but that is extremely rare, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them.

So, how do you succeed? You find out how to fulfill your purpose by what you do and how others value it enough to exchange money for the benefits you provide them. When you do it correctly, the money does start to flow.

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5 Tips for Successful Entrepreneurs

There are a million ideas that run through the minds of budding entrepreneurs and just about as many suggestions for them as well. You have something you want to do, but you aren’t sure how to get it to really take off, and the advice out there can be confusing or conflicting. As one who has successfully launched two businesses, I want to share with you 5 tips that I know will help you because it’s exactly what helped me.

  1. Don’t listen to those who don’t know: sophOne of the biggest mistakes nearly everyone makes when fulfilling their dreams, is they listen to the wrong people. As you are struggling and working to make your goals a reality, your crazy dreams, your wild success, there will be a lot of naysayers and the most destructive are those closest to us, that love us. Just know, that if they haven’t made their dreams a reality, if they haven’t done it, then the only advice they can give you is advice that will only give you the same exact results they have.
  2. Do what scares you: Often what scares you the most is exactly what you need to do. As long as it’s moral, legal and ethical, go for it. Get outside of your comfort zone, put yourself in a position to be VULNERABLE. Why? Because when you’re vulnerable you’re authentic, and when you are vulnerable, you set yourself above 95% of all other people and become recognizable to your niche.
  3. Do what others won’t: Doing what scares you isn’t enough to be successful. It’s important that you study your competitors, or those who are doing something similar to what you are going for. See what they aren’t doing or aren’t willing to do, and do it. What others don’t do or won’t do is sometimes exactly what people want and will pay for. It’s as simple as adding an additional service or feature or support that makes your work over-the-top amazing!
  4. Listen to your niche: As much as you might wish that you could just come up with an idea, do it, and be successful, the reality is, you can’t be successful and live your dreams unless you give people what they want. So, no matter what you initially think people want, the only way to figure out what they want is talk to your niche. Talk to them, ask questions and listen. Listening means observing the way they spend their money. If you have a service that no one buys, then they are telling you that you might need to change something. People speak with their money.
  5. Double your efforts: No matter how much you think you are doing there is always something more that you can do. But, instead of being vague and saying you should do more, let me tell you that you should double your efforts in promoting yourself. Double, triple, or even quadruple any efforts that get you seen. If you post once or twice a day on Facebook and twitter, then post 4 times a day. If you’re only writing words in your posts, try using pictures and especially videos of yourself speaking and sharing ideas that are all about helping your niche, not talking about how awesome you are. You are only awesome to people if you treat them as awesome!

These are simple but vitally effective ways to go from obscurity to being known and successful. Application is key to everything, and if you apply nothing you gain nothing. So, as always, apply, apply, apply! Just try one of these. If had to suggest just one for you to start out with, it would either be #1 or #4. Those will be most valuable as you are getting started. Try each one and watch your results grow.