In Proverbs 18:16 KJV the wise King Solomon tells us that “A man’s gifts maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”. Or, as my financial advisor always says, opportunity [and success] favours the prepared mind.
Let us rewind to two months ago, I almost aborted this baby! Yes! I was so nervous that I almost deleted the page before I even went public with it. I mean, no one would know. Right? One month later, I had the opportunity to publish a blog with Crystal Daye and then as the two month anniversary is upon us, I was afforded the opportunity yet again!
Monica Vimbiso of Future Females, an organization that I did not know exists, reached out to me using the contact page of this blog. And voila, in less than 24 hours I am published on their page where their reach is 85,000 strong! She asked permission to repost my Money Management Basics post, giving me full credit and linking the post on their page, to my blog here.
When I said yes, I also said to her that if there is anything else they’d like to me to write about, that I would be happy to do so. What I did not know is that they host themed events every month to help their female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Well, what do you know? This month’s theme is money and mindset. And if you’ve read earlier blogs, you’d know that I only changed my money mindset last year! Well, in response to my offer to write more for them should they desire same, guess what happened? I have been added to their blogging community! Yes, my jaw hit the floor too! All of this happened within 24 hours! Just like that, South Africa became the 25th country in which my blog is being read.
So, what am I saying exactly?
Hone your craft. Work on it silently, diligently, get all the help you need and be consistent .
When opportunity comes, say yes then figure out how to do it! Challenges are meant to grow us! Do the required research that will teach you how.
Always display excellence. Let excellence be your brand, first, middle, surname and married name! Yes it is that serious. People want authenticity, honesty and for you to bring your best to the table.
It is not only about the money. In the beginning, you will do it for free. Get your name out there and then once people recognize your value, they will pay you.
No, I am not there yet. My skills have not all been monetized, but I know they will. I mean, I have only been blogging for two months!
Whew! Finally a short blog!
Anyhoos, what are your gifts? Will you stop being shy and allow them to make room for you? If opportunity comes knocking right now, are you ready to grab it? What excuses are you allowing to hold you back?