Scroll, scroll, scroll through Facebook as I come across a blogger friend of mine and a very interesting post. She had a little sitcheeashun (work with me here) with a reader of hers. On one hand, the reader was upset that a course of hers cost money. She played (in my opinion) the victim, saying she’s a single mother and no one wants to help her unless she pays for it. On the other hand, the reader accused my blogger friend of not giving back and paying it forward.
The comments on that post were super interesting, as we all gave our 2 cents about the reader in question and how my blogger friend handled it.
As I thought about it myself, it brought up something I’m super passionate about.
Investing. No, I’m not talking about in stocks and bonds. I mean investing in yourself.
Linda honey listen. I’ma tell you like my mentors Ronnie and Lamar Tyler have told me and countless other folks.
You can’t get rich off free stuff. (Look to your neighbor and say NEIGHBOR, and share this pic)
I can’t let you go any further in this entrepreneurial journey without you investing in yourself. With dollars and cents. You absolutely have to pay to play. Pay the cost to be the boss. The game is free; the hustle’s sold separately. And a whole bunch of other quotes out there.
When you’re first getting started, I absolutely expect you to try out free options. Get your feet wet, do some exploring and self-discovery. Figure out if this is what you want to do before you start throwing at your bucks at the business. However, this is only meant to be temporary my friends.
You have to invest in yourself and in your business in order to grow. Buy (and read) books. Go to networking events and conferences. Pay for education in different areas, either with your time or with your money.
It’s also been said that what you get for free, you don’t appreciate. I used to say that wasn’t true, but I noticed it as well. When I get a free ebook, I don’t get right on reading it. When I get free tickets to an event, it makes it easier for me to flake. I think the only thing I appreciate for free is food, and even THAT gets a side eye from me.
I’m not expecting you to withdraw your 401K, quit your job, and dump all your duckets into a business that hasn’t been validated. What I am expecting is for you to keep a little bit of change on the side for your personal, professional, and digital development. It can be coaching, courses, professional design, all types of things. Oh, I thought of another phrase: you get what you pay for.
I started the #KnowYourRhythm challenge because I wanted us to focus on action. Observing from the sidelines isn’t going to get us any further this time next year. You can have all the free content, and you’ll still be stuck if you’re not taking action.
That’s my half-rant-half-plea to you. I absolutely need you to commit to your business in a way you would commit to bae. Stop acting like you ain’t buy bae a meal or a gift. Your business is bae too. Put some respeck on its name!
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