Have you ever had a great idea?
Maybe you’ve thought about starting a business.
Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a freelancer so you can decide how often you work and who you work with.
Maybe you’ve dreamed of taking a sabbatical.
But something’s stopped you….
If you’re like most of the women I’ve spoken to…
You feel held back by money.
It’s the single biggest challenge women face when it comes to their careers and pursuing something more meaningful.
I mean who doesn’t want to lose the stability of a steady job? You get used to a certain lifestyle, the perks…
And having to mess with that stability can be super daunting and petrifying.
Whilst I’m a big believer in listening to your heart and intuition, I’m also a big believer in being grounded in the realities of life (aka rent, bills etc.)
So how do you balance pursuing a career calling whilst being able to make money?
Check out the video below where I share the key to making money doing what you love.
Don’t have 3 1/2 minutes to spare to watch the video? That’s OK. You can read on..
It’s important to be practical about what you’re looking to pursue.
There are many many different ways to pursue the work that you’re here to do and it’s up to you to choose how to do that.
I’m a big believer that it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a business or a company per se.
What matters is that you pick what’s right for you.
What matters is that you’re doing the work that lights you up. You’re serving the people you want to serve and you’re making a difference that you feel called to make a difference.
Last week we spoke about how the first piece of asking yourself “what am I doing with my life” is to ask yourself the question of:
- What do I love to do?
- What am I good at?
That’s the internal piece of the puzzle.
The external piece of the puzzle is looking at everyone else in terms of service.
- How are you going to make money from your idea?
- Is there a market for what it is that you offer?
This is relevant for whether you want to start a business or want to stay in corporate.
There is always someone or something that you are providing value to in exchange for money. This is the key piece.
I want you to think about how you’re adding value to the other person. Whether that be a company, client or a customer.
Because when you can add value to other people THAT is when the money follows.
A lot of people will say follow your passion and that’s when the money will come.
Whilst that works to a certain extent you’ve also got to think about the other person in terms of how you’re adding value and who you’re serving.
It takes time to build up the skills, confidence and mastery to be able to deliver that value.
Think about this in your organisation.
My guess is that it’s taken you some time to get to where you’re at today.
You’ve probably studied, worked with mentors and coaches, attended courses, put in a lot of late nights, put your hand up for projects and led them when you haven’t been rewarded and that’s all got you to where you’re at today.
One where you can earn your current salary based on the value you’re adding to that organisation.
If you’re looking to make a career change and pursue something that you love it’s most likely going to take a bit of an adjustment.. You may not be able to replace your corporate salary overnight. You might have to build your career calling on the side.
My point is that rather than putting pressure on yourself to have to replace your corporate salary and not look at your options, I encourage you to be patient with yourself….
Give yourself the time and space to explore that calling of yours. The work that you’re meant to do. Just take small little actions to test it out and how you can really add value.
And that is when the money will come.
Now I’d love to hear from you….
What are your biggest challenges when it comes to money and making a career change?
Leave a comment for me below.