You'll never be free if you keep trading your time for money...
If you want to buy yourself some freedom, some time to think, some time to experiment, some time to figure yourself out or some more time with your family, then you'd need more money.
Simply because life is expensive. It is what it is.
But the one thing, the most important thing we really need money for is to be able to buy ourselves some freedom. To be able do the things that make us happy. And this is where many people get it wrong. Money isn't there to buy things. It's there to buy ourselves some freedom.
The problem is that when you're constantly exchanging time for money, when you're working a job let's say, you won't ever be able to buy yourself some freedom. Simply because the way to make more money and be able to buy yourself some freedom is to trade more of your time for money. Which is equal to having less time and consequently less freedom. Feel free to read that again...
So how can you stop trading time for money?
There are a few ways. And I think the best way is to learn new skills. But not in the sense of getting an MBA for a few hundreds of thousands of dollars and two years of your time. Because that's the exact opposite.
You'd have to trade your time AND a lot of money to maybe get a job that might maybe pay more money. Here's where it gets even trickier...
Yes, an MBA might maybe increase your salary. But at the same time you'd probably also get a higher position. Which means that you'd have to trade the higher salary for more of your time. No one will give you more money out of pure goodwill. They want to see you work for it. Hard. Harder than anybody else.
Ok, so you might say you won't have to work more after an MBA or so. Fair enough. But very unlikely. Nonetheless. Let's say you get promoted and now have 30 people working for you. What will now tax your bandwidth are those 30 people. All the time. Your mental bandwidth will constantly be taxed.
So getting an extra degree will basically lead to the exact opposite of more freedom.
You'd simply have to trade a lot of your time and a lot of your money so you might maybe some years down the road get a better job to then trade even more of your time (and/or some of your mental bandwidth) for more money. So in the end you won't gain any more freedom. You'd even lose some of your freedom. Feel free to read that again...
So how can you stop trading time for money these days? How can you break free from the time-money trap? How can you ultimately buy yourself some more freedom to do more of the things that make you happy?
By learning new skills. Marketable skills. Skills that don't cost you a thing to learn. Skills you don't learn by getting a fancy diploma. Skills you learn by doing. By getting out there. By having some balls...
And when I say you, what I'm really saying is that all of these things I'm about to write down are the things that helped me to get to where I am right now. These are the thing that helped me to buy myself some freedom. Step-by-step. Little by little. I'm still not quite there yet. But I'm getting there...
Selling stuff takes balls. Sales takes balls. A hell lot of balls. I know. No one likes sales. I also hated it not too long ago. But the truth is that everything these days is about sales. Everything in life is about sales. And nothing else.
Creating a product? So do millions of other people. Yours is very special and solves a real need? So are all the other products. Creating art? So do millions of other people. Art that's just as good as yours. Being a freelancer? So are millions of other people. Providing services just like you. Feel like your handsome? So are millions of others.
So you do you differentiate yourself, your product or your art from everything else out there? By learning how to properly sell yourself, your art, your product or what not...
Knowing how to write is sales. Knowing how to tell good stories is sales. Even if it's not about selling anything, it really is. Getting people to read your stuff is all about writing what people enjoy reading. Authenticity is nothing else but sales. With a little twist.
You sell your story, your blog post and maybe even yourself. Getting people to read your story is nothing else than sales. Even if it's not in exchange for money or a product. It's an exchange of something a lot more valuable. It's an exchange of time. Of your reader's life time. So you' better make sure it's good.
Not to mention the fact that good copy writing is all about telling good stories and knowing what your prospects want to read and hear. Writing is sales. Always. In one way or the other. Writing is the most scalable way of sales. More than any other form of sales.
And you can learn it today. It's free. But takes balls...
# public speaking
When you know how to tell good stories in front of an audience, when you're able to use your mouth to tell stories that people listen to, then you can basically do whatever you want to. Because stories sell.
And again, it all comes down to sales. I hate to admit it, it always comes down to sales. Always. And it's not about selling out or anything. You need to be a good public speaker to make your idea spread. To make your voice heard. And it doesn't matter if you do it for your charity, to raise money to build schools or what not.
Being able to tell stories in front of an audience is one of the most important skills out there. No matter the cause. And it takes balls. Heck, it takes a hell lot of balls. But ultimately learning the skill of public speaking doesn't cost you anything. Except maybe your ego...
You don't need to know how to write a single line of code. It's a total waste of time if you know all the other skills on this list. Contrary, when you know how to code and want to stop trading time for money, you'd still have to learn all the things on this list.
All you really need these days is to know how to properly use the most basic tools out there. If you know how to setup a Wordpress site, if you know how to use Twitter efficiently, if you know how to properly use Facebook, if you know how to automate email campaigns, if you know how to build an audience from scratch, if you know how to setup a PayPal account to receive payments, then you're already ahead of 99.99% of the people out there.
Again. You don't need to know how to write a single line of code. But if you know how to code, you'd still need to know all the other things on this list...
When you know how to grow projects from zero to one, from one to two and/or from two to three, then you can easily apply this to every field, industry, product, service, category or whatever out there. And you don't learn any of this at school, university or anywhere else. There's no degree for that. You only learn this by doing. And it's mostly free. You don't need any money for any of this. Ok, you might need money to grow it from one to two and from two to three. But if you already grew it from zero to one then you'd already have that money...
Yes, I list failure here. And this might be the most important skill you need to learn right next to sales. It takes a hell lot of balls and is mostly free. And it's a skill. You can learn how to master it. Simply by exposing yourself to failure over and over again. So how do you fail for free? Easy. Just go over and talk to hundred girls at a bar and get rejected 99/100 times. And you won't have to spend one dollar on it. It's 100% free. But you'd need a hell lot of balls. Look. Failure is all about learning how to deal with it, learning your lessons without killing yourself and getting better at it. Is it easy? Hell no. Otherwise you wouldn't have to learn it.
I also list persistence here. Because I feel that it can be learned. And with learned I don't mean using a fancy app or thousand of reminders. It can be learned. How? I don't know. Priorities. I just know that when I do something that's very important to me, when I do something I know I should be doing deep down inside, then I will do it. And won't postpone it. I'll do it no matter what it takes. Even if it might take my entire life...
You've gotta be ready to unlearn everything you know. Simply because the world changes so fast that the facts of today might already not be true anymore tomorrow. So you've gotta be willing to adapt, be flexible and learn fast.
I don't know what else to write. So I just write something here. So I can end this list with something really cool. And even announce it before I write it. How cool is that?
Leadership is the easiest thing to learn on this list. So why do so many people struggle with it? Because it's also the hardest thing on this list. You don't learn leadership by leading others. And that's the biggest misconception about leadership out there. That's why it's so hard.
Because if you want to be a good leader you'd first and foremost have to learn how to lead yourself first. Leadership isn't about leading others. It's ultimately about leading yourself first. If you don't know how to lead yourself, you'll never be able to lead anyone else.
So how do you learn how to lead yourself?
I guess following this list right here is already a good start to becoming a great leader.
The leader of yourself...
The world is changing. Faster than ever before.
What worked yesterday might not work anymore tomorrow. But some things will always work.
No matter how many robots are out there. Or how many algorithms are replacing our jobs.
Learn these 14 micro skills and you'll never have to worry about your future ever again (of course it isn't that easy, but it's a great start.)
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