6 Ways to Create Your Own Job

Money is an important part to our society; it’s how we measure the value of exchange between people in the market. Without it, it’s increasingly difficult to survive in the communities we’ve built.

That’s why most of us get a job, and work for a company.

More often than not though, we hate our jobs. We get hired to do things so boring, no one else will do them; and that’s why we’re paid – to do the boring things no one else wants to do.

Luckily, that’s not the only way to earn money; there’s actually quite a few different ways to earn it.

Below, I’ve listed a few different ways I’ve recognized people earning a living, relying on their own capabilities (creating a job for themselves):

1. Providing a Service – Our communities need certain things to make progress and continue running smoothly. A big part of that comes from people who provide special services to give us convenience or just keep us going. Some require a license, others don’t. Examples – Baby Sitting, (Web/Graphic) Design, Party Planner/Organizer, Photography, Massage, Real Estate, Dog Walking, Security Guard, Insurance Sales, Personal Trainer, Chef, Consulting/Coaching, Writer, Voice-over, Translations, Etc.

2. Merchant – This is one I’ve been involved in for quite some time. Buying and selling products. You can buy and sell other peoples products, manufacture, or private label your own. If you choose to manufacture or private label, you can build a brand to give your company a personality and increase your companies overall value. Examples – Toys, Food, Electronics, Clothes/Apparel, Fitness Equipment, Office Supplies, Books, Hobby Necessities, Etc.

3. Educating – Lot’s of people have valuable information in specific fields. This is information that other people generally pay to learn about. If you’ve developed a skill and know a lot about a given field, you can start teaching others to earn some money. Examples –  Tutor, Defense/Martial Arts, Cooking Lessons, Drawing/Painting/Sculpting, Languages, Instruments, Etc.

4. Organizing Events – Lot’s of people are looking for things to do, and people to do them with. Another way I’ve noticed people earning a living is by organizing special events and bringing people together to experience it. Examples – Exercises/Boot Camp, Artwork, Hiking, Networking, Speed Dating, Etc.

5. Entertainment – There’s always people always want to be entertained; and they’re willing to pay people in order to get it. Examples – Comedy, Magic, Cartoons, Philosophy, Dance, Singing, Music, Special Talents, Etc.

6. Investments – A great way to earn money is with money that’s already been earned. Now a days, with so many apps and websites available, it’s easier than ever to invest. Examples – Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, Start-up Companies, Etc.

 

The best part about creating a job for yourself is the option to turn it into a business when it’s grown to the appropriate level. Then, it’s just a system; running on its own, it generating profits for you, while you move onto your next project.

 

From what I’ve seen and experienced, this is how most businesses start – with a job.

 

— In the Resources page, I’ve linked some awesome tools that help me and my business every day. If you decide to start your business, they’ll, without a doubt, be useful to you too.

Opinions in an Age of Too Much Information

Is there a downside to having too much information?

Especially in an age of widespread information, I’d think that it’s completely possible to be entertained with information that doesn’t matter – or isn’t true for us.

Television, social media, YouTube, our friends, family, the barber – everyone has their way of doing things, and many are trying to convince you that their way is better.

Technology has connected us to each other more than ever; and now, we’re exposed to each others thoughts and opinions all the more.

 

Most of us are level-headed people.

We know that we have our own experiences and beliefs; and we know why we believe the things we believe.

So, what sways us into thinking in another way?

 

When I look around me, I realize that everybody is influenced to some degree; and that’s natural.

 

According to marketing professionals, the 3 deepest ways we’re influenced is

  • From information by those we believe to be an authority
  • From information exposed to us several times
  • From information that relates to personal traumatic experiences

 

From what I’ve noticed in my own experiences, there’s lots of distractions that can sometimes cloud judgment, and make it easier for us to be influenced.

We can hear something from someone who seems to have achieved some understanding, and we automatically categorize what they say as truth.

If it makes the slightest bit of sense, many of us don’t think to form our own thoughts; instead, we just adopt theirs, without even understanding their complete idea.

 

Just from my own experiences on social media, I’ve seen how so many of us have developed habits of assuming, rather than verifying – and worse, judging, rather than understanding.

 

At the end of it, it’s our mind and our world view; we decide who’s an authority, and where our attention should go.

We’re the one’s who determine noise from something worth listening to.

And in this way, we’re the one’s who are responsible for our beliefs – which will ultimately shape our reality.

Investments we Don’t Always Have in Mind

The types of investments we make will determine the quality of life we experience.

 

Normally, when we think about investments, we think in monetary terms; investments into stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.

It’s a little less often we hear the term “investments” when it comes to our time/energy/attention.

Being that monetary goods can always be replaced, and time cannot, my feelings tell me the latter is more important.

 

Since time is always in motion, we’re in a way, always in a state of investing. Right?

Unless someone knows how to pause time, they’re constantly directing their energy throughout a 24 hour day; just like the rest of us.

With this way of thinking, it can feel like we’re always making investments with our attention; this is what helps us further realize our responsibility and influence over the results we get in life.

 

Just like we’re in charge of where we invest our funds, I believe we’re in charge of where our focus goes.

Although investments we make with our money is a completely different topic than investments we make with our concentration, the patterns have shown that the ideas to growth run down parallel paths.

By gathering enough information through observation, working a solid plan, and tracking the results, we open the possibility of positioning ourselves a lot better for the long run.

 

That’s what I’ve noticed in great entrepreneurs – they put lot’s of time and effort into research, and they’re always experimenting; they invest in themselves.

They stay aware of where their focus goes, and they regularly guide it back towards the appropriate direction they need.

By keeping their attention on things that really matter to them, they’re more aware of the opportunities that present themselves.

 

That’s what I believe gives them the “luck” of making the right decisions at the right times – they’ve prepared themselves for it by continually making themselves better.

And it shows – the time they spend on themselves is clear from the circumstances and quality of life they’re able to create for themselves.

Where does my Puzzle Piece Fit?

The world is like a giant puzzle board, and we’re all trying to find how our piece best fits.

In today’s fast paced, technology world, it’s so easy to be flooded with so much information. It’s no surprise when the light bulb in the entrepreneurs mind goes off; they’re always finding themselves with new ideas to pursue.

But what determines what they actually move forward with? Which one’s are right for them?

My intuition tells me that there’s a time to really analyse, and a time to jump in, and join the dance.

Sometimes we spend so long thinking about a certain idea, and that’s all we end up doing – thinking.

Days, weeks, months go by, and all we’ve done is think of more things to think about.

It’s necessary to have a plan; but a plan is only good if it’s tried with some good, old-fashioned, hard work.

I’m convinced additional clarity comes through that hard work, and from there, our vision can be re-defined.

 

It’s said that if your first release doesn’t have any mistakes, you waited too long to release.

I think if we’re to find that special spot, where our piece fits, it’s going to be in the daily grind, pursuing our ideas and passions.

Success Through Interdependence

As a teenager, I always dreamed of being completely self-made; I wanted to reach my goals with the satisfaction of knowing I had done so, solely by my own efforts. I wanted the pleasure of knowing I got to where I wanted, without anyone’s help.

Thinking back now… I find humor in my teenage thoughts.

 

Although it’s true that I spent years preparing and building myself and my business, I stood on the shoulders of giants to get here.

The success in my life is possible because of a foundation built from others.

I have an amazing family who’s always believed in me and shown tremendous support. In addition, there’s been countless entrepreneurs, authors, and speakers who’ve helped shape my way of thinking.

And of course, there’s always that kind soul, who shows up just at the right moment, to point a finger in the right direction.

Looking back now, things turned out to be way more connected than I had ever thought.

 

Sure, I had some ambition, but I can’t honestly imagine being in the position I am now, if it wasn’t for all the knowledge and encouragement that came my way.

The influence from those who supported my growth made what I do now possible.

Realizing that the very same giants who supported me, were just like me at one point (all with weaknesses not to be judged on, and strengths/disciplines to learn from), made it that much easier to believe in the possibility.

Had I not been aware of the signals, I wouldn’t have been able to effectively position myself the way I have today.

 

I still have a super long way to go, and a lifetime to learn; and I’m forever grateful for the interdependence that exists in the systems we’re apart of.

All in all, possibly the greatest thing I’ve learned is that we’re more alike and interdependent than we sometimes think.

What’s an Entrepreneur?

What’s the role of the Entrepreneur, and what do they do?

 

I recently heard a pretty cool answer from a master hypnotist, during his interview on a podcast interview:

An Entrepreneur is a person who dictates where their life goes; any day, any month, any year. It’s someone who sets their own schedule, and works for themselves. Most importantly, it’s a person who spends time investing into themselves; mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Since the start of my own Entrepreneurial journey, I’ve realized that the biggest obstacles I’ve faced (and continue to face) were the inward challenges; struggles that people didn’t necessarily see or understand immediately.

Sure, there was financing issues, experience issues, licensing issues, strategic issues, and almost any other type of issue a fresh new entrepreneur would experience; but, most of those were the simple stuff. Most of the time, I knew exactly what I needed to do when an issue came up; and if I didn’t, I knew there was a way to find out, so I went to research.

The real struggles weren’t the ones most people saw; they were the ones in my own mind – somewhere deep in the patterns of my thoughts.

 

It’s no longer a mystery to me why almost all the great business or self-development books point back to the individual’s mind.

 

From what I’ve seen around me, the highest achieving Entrepreneurs, for the most part, seem to be very self-actualized people. 

They’re pretty familiar with themselves, and they constantly work to increase their potential, in order to provide better value to others.

In addition, I’ve noticed they’re able to really focus on the moment, and be quite adapt to surprises along the way.

 

Along with a ton of other similar characteristics, I’ve noticed the entrepreneur’s perspective is geared toward noticing opportunities.

They also know just how to position themselves so their strengths are aligned, and their weaknesses bear little-to-no risk.

Above all, entrepreneurs do whatever it takes to sculpt the life they desire, and they’re alright with making mistakes – and even failing.

 

All in all, the more I look into it, the patterns show that it’s an entrepreneur’s role is to continuously develop their own perspective, and to honestly express themselves in their work.