My imperfection was a burden to me. I gained more than 100 pounds [365 kg]. I never thought or felt attractive. Maybe I had a beautiful face, but I was always an obese girl. I let people, including family names, insult me and intimidate me. I was put in a box in a corner where I couldn’t believe I could achieve so much, or that what I did was worth seeing.
Does any of this sound familiar? Yours may not be a weight struggle but maybe your height, special need for learning, your appearance, your negative educational background, etc. It doesn’t really matter what it is. What matters is how you respond to it.
See Not Alone
The truth is, everyone makes mistakes. Some may be more visible than others but there are. So, whatever you feel right now, it sounds to somebody or somebody out there that feels the same way. Extraordinary comfort, isn’t it? Serena Williams was told that she would never be as good as her older sister, Venus. Steve Jobs was fired from his first company. Bill Gates was the man who left Harvard. Michael Jordan has not reached the lowest basketball level. Even people of the community we all love today, had their times when they did not feel proud of them. So he is in good health.
Money is in your story
You are full of wonderful visions and dreams, despite your imperfections. If I dare say, your dreams will make a big difference BECAUSE of your imperfections. Why social media is exploding with engagement today is because of the news. People like to communicate with emotions, pain, joy, happiness, trials, victory for other people.
Have you ever read a post or watched a video and then walked away, “this sounds exactly like I’m dealing with”? When you connect emotionally with people as you share your story or experience that you do not like, you create connections that quickly become the preferred choice when they want to invest in a product / service. So write and share your dreams, fears, successes and losses’ cos is how you contribute to humanity and open up extra income.
“News builds society, enables us to see through other people’s eyes, and opens up the claims of others.” – Peter Forbes
You Can Go Worldwide Quickly (Almost!)
Creating more revenue streams is not as difficult as it may sound. When you start sharing your story, platforms and opportunities will begin to come to you. What you already know you have done or experienced can be incorporated into solutions that people will want to pay for themselves. Because you know their pain well, people will believe that whatever solution you offer will work for them too. And this is not just about health and fitness trainers.
Sharing your story can open doors for free radio and television interviews, collaboration opportunities, international recognition, keynote engagement, public office appointments / nominations, etc. The possibilities are endless! You can literally build an online empire by sharing your story. But to get rewards, you need to get started.
To get started, you can:
Write a letter. Write a book around your topic that lovingly shares your feelings with your audience. There is a reason why biographies and autobiographies sell. People want to know what is going on in secret. Tell them. Show them. Writing and publishing a book does not have to be a traditional method. You can publish an e-book or audio book if you decide that you are not ready to print.
Launch the Podcast. Different podcasts are available to different audiences. There are podcasts for mothers with special needs, podcast experts, corporate products also have podcast channels, etc. You can choose what to share and how to share it. The more you share your message, the more you will build the community / nation around that message and people will start paying you to advertise their products in your community. Talk about winning twice!
Start a YouTube channel. This can be as simple as pressing “record” with your mobile phone. Or tap the live button on any of the social media platforms that allow live streaming. Your videos can be uploaded to YouTube and create an audience that is attracted to your message or the solution you provide. The truth is, there is no way to “equal size” with videos. The more you trust, the better.
Create a blog and make money with it. Several success stories come from the blog because it represents an easy way (for most people) to make content consistent. Some say it’s as easy as publishing. Give it a try. You can make money with a blog in many ways – interaction commissions, selling products / services, writing sponsored reviews, etc.
Create an online course. This includes packing your expertise in a text, audio or video format that people can afford without having to create / submit content every purchase.
Start Mastermind / Group Coaching. This is almost the same as building an online course but the difference is that with mastermind / group coaching, you are also in the group, either online or offline.
This is by no means a complete list! Depending on which mode of content creation is best for you, text, audio or video, you can literally start sharing your story using your mobile phone. The truth is, your story can be a key to unlocking the door to endless opportunities and the sooner you use it, the better.
What is stopping you from taking that first step? You certainly cannot let the words in your head control your actions. You need to say, “Yes, I know I can slow down when I go, but that won’t stop me from achieving my dreams of becoming a public speaker.” It’s time to dump her and move on.