Discovering your niche can be a fun and exciting process for any leader or entrepreneur. On the same note, discovering your niche can be a very frustrating process. For your benefit, I’ve had experiences with both realities. In my journey of discovering my niche here are steps you need to take:
1. Pursue your gift over your passion.
You may be thinking to yourself, “What does he mean pursue my gift over my passion.” Let me make it plain for you. Have you ever watched American Idol during their open auditions? Everyone that comes to the open auditions are passionate about singing, but as we all soon discover, most who audition can’t sing. Don’t be that person! For me, I’m gifted at teaching, and speaking. My passion has always been to help people find solutions. For a while I wanted to be a counselor, then that changed to be a preacher, and now I’m a Keynote Speaker and Personal Development coach for aspiring and current leaders and entrepreneurs. That’s my niche! I got there by firstly realizing I’m gifted in speaking and teaching. What’s your gift(s), if you don’t know them your homework is to find them ASAP. That’s going to prepare you for step 2.
2. Use your passion to find your target audience or market.
Once you find your gift now it’s time to focus on your passion. Let’s pause right there, I’m about to make a statement that I hope reforms your thinking. Here it goes, “Make your gifts your passion.” I’ll say that again, “Make your gifts your passion.” Even though I’m passionate about people, I am extremely passionate about fine tuning my speaking and teaching abilities. Why? Because if I suck as a speaker and teacher, people won’t listen to what I have to say,and if they don’t listen to what I have to say they won’t hire me. That means my money is getting messed with, and that’s never good. So fall in love with your gifts so they can make a living for you and take you places.
3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Ok, now this last step is what I call your reset button. Always have an exit route for whatever occupation you’re doing. Your gifts will create other opportunities for you. For example, I was a pastor. I dedicated 4 years to becoming one. When I finally started pastoring I realized I wasn’t making the impact I would like and felt the strong urge to do more. As a result, I decided to use my gifts to motivate, educated, and empower leaders and entrepreneurs across the world. So, instead of getting depressed because something didn’t work for me, I flipped that into another endeavor. Remember, failure is not a bad thing, it’s a learning tool. If you use it correctly it will make you very successful.
I hope you found this blog really helpful for you. Please know where ever you are in your stage of growth you can apply these principals. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my website to receive the latest advice, tips, and resources on jumpstarting your success! Blessings and peace!
This topic is very personal to me because I wasn’t blessed to always have good leadership around me even though I knew I was called to lead. I was so desperate for mentorship I would literally plea with church and business leaders to be mentored. I was so thirsty for leadership training that I would question my own self-worth and value to the world. The good news is through that process I learned how to do 3 things well in order get the leadership skills and training I needed without having good leaders around me, here they are:
1. Learn what not to do from bad leadership.
It’s a frustrating experience when you know you’re destine to do great things as a leader or business owner, but you have a poor mentor. I understand, I been there several times. However, the greatest lesson you can learned from bad leadership is learning how not to lead. If they avoid your phone calls or doesn’t text back, you be the type of leader that answers calls or respond by to text. For most of us we just want a leader that cares about us both in word and in deed. Be a leader that’s intentional about serving and engaging others. Don’t act like a celebrity; just be a leader that’s about helping others grow.
2. Go to conferences, webinars,and workshops on leadership.
This step has helped me tremendously. To this day I get most of my mentorship and training from conferences, workshops, and webinars. You’ll be surprised at the level of information you can receive from one of these training platforms. My personal favorite is webinars. You can join an online webinar for free or for a fee. Regardless, this is a great platform to learn from an expert on whatever topic you’re interested in. By the way, most webinar hosts are very accessible for you if you have any questions. Woop,Woop!
3. Use social media to network with others like yourself.
Networking on social media is my favorite thing to do. You’ll be amazed at the benefits of linking up with people who are in the same boat as you. The experiences and information you gather from each other is priceless. As a matter of a fact, many of your questions can be answered by simple dialogue. I would also strongly recommend joining groups on Facebook who share your interest. These groups can be 100 times better than having one-on-one mentorship, especially if your mentor is “too busy for you”. You can easily avoid this heartache by moving on and connecting yourself to people who are interested in both your area of interest and yourself. JUST MOVE ON, TRUST ME!
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Most of you are like me. I went to college straight out of high school just to find out I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. After a year or two of dropping classes or failing courses you decided to drop out of college and return indefinitely. I’m going to give you 4 key steps that I used to help me go back to school and earn my degree:
Make getting your degree top priority
I can’t say this enough. If you don’t make getting your degree a top priority, you won’t get your degree. I know what you’re thinking; maybe you have kids to provide for or a job that’s prohibiting you to go back to school. Listen, if you’re not willing to sacrifice for the betterment of yourself and/or your family you will continue to go through a cycle of stagnation. I know that’s tough to hear but it’s true. When I decided to go back to school I was making only 9 dollars an hour PART-TIME with one baby and another one on the way. I sat down with my wife and developed a plan. The plan was to finish school within 2 years no matter what! That meant I had to find a job that worked for me not against me. You’re going to have to do the same thing. You may have to change jobs or positions, find a babysitter, or do both. The rule of thumb is until you want success as bad as you want to live, you’ll be in your own way.
Buy into the process
Buying into the process simply means not giving up and doing what you have to do. I mentally set a standard in my mind that quitting or failing a class was not an option. I didn’t give myself room to fail, as a matter of a fact I didn’t give myself room to make less than a C. When you have a “don’t give up” attitude you’re already halfway there!
Get help or partner up with a classmate
While in school you have two major allies, your classmates and your professor. Let’s talk about your classmates first. The beauty about having classmates on your side is one may be strong in a subject area you’re weak in. For example, while I was getting my degree I was one of the best students at writing papers, it was natural for me. However, I sucked at math and most of classmates were pretty mathematically savvy. So in study groups everyone helped each other according to their strengths and abilities. It makes completing assignments much easier.
Build a relationship with your professor
An even greater ally other than having helpful classmates is having a helpful professor in your corner. Listen to me and listen to me carefully on this. Become good friends with your professor from day one! I’m not saying go out to dinner with them, but what I am saying is; ask questions before, during, and after class. Believe it or not, most professors like to feel important. There’s a huge benefit in doing this, if your professor know you are a good student and have good character they are more than likely to help you. I would even be bold enough to say they won’t let you fail if they see you working hard to pass and coming to them for assistance. But you have to build a relationship from day one.
I hope this blog really helped you on your journey towards success. Having some form of education is so vital to having opportunities to succeed in life. You can be whatever you want to be, but you have to grind, make sacrifices, and go through the process to obtain it. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my website to receive the latest advice, tips, and resources on jumpstarting your success! Blessings and peace!
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to be successful in their life. In some shape, form, or fashion everyone wants to accomplish certain goals, or fulfill a dream. The unfortunate reality is most people don’t know how to achieve success or even jumpstart their journey to success. In this post, I’m going to share with you 3 steps that jumpstarted my journey towards success in hopes that it helps you do the same:
"If you change your mindset and behavior, then you will change your life."
Success is unbiased in who obtains it, but very few actually achieves it on a consistent basis. If you’re unwilling to change your mindset and behavior, you’ll be unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to be successful.
I don’t care how bad you want to be successful or achieve some level of success, if your mind is not in the right place you will not accomplish your goals. How bad do you really want it? Are you truly sick and tired of being sick and tired? That was the case for me. In 2011, my wife and I made only $13,000 between us both along with a one year old daughter. The breaking point for me was when both of our cars got repossessed and we were about to get evicted out of our apartment. I knew I had to change my way of thinking if I was going to avoid hitting rock bottom. What I did was:
Get a better paying job
Go back to school to earn my degree
Move to a place I could afford to live
Get a better paying job- Ok, this is the most practical thing I can tell you. If your income is less than your expenses (money that’s leaving your pockets) you need to get a better paying job, or get an additional job to supplement your income. Don’t be afraid to go to a temp agency, or a local job fair. The goal needs to be, get a job that will make your income getter than your expenses.
Go back to school to earn your degree- The best decision I made for myself and my family was to go back to school and complete my bachelor’s degree. I was a very average student in high school and that’s being nice to myself. I realized if I was going to finish school I had to be laser focused and allocated time to complete homework. Now if you’re not a college person, which is ok. You still need to have a trade that will make you money. My wife decided to become a truck driver, yes a truck driver. She knew she didn’t want to attend school for 4 years so she decided to go to truck driving school for 5 weeks and now she’s making great money. By the way, trucking or logistics is a great industry to get into for women, there’s a high demand for you ladies. The last option is the military. The military is a great option if you want earn money, gain an education, and save money while doing it. This is very good option for those who want to serve their country and earn a living while doing it. Just be mindful there is a chance you may be away from your family for extended periods of time.
Move to a place you can afford- Listen I understand you want to stay in a place that you can be proud of that’s safe with nice amenities. However, if it’s breaking the bank for you it’s just not worth it. If you’re not staying in the nicest neighborhood in town that’s ok. That doesn’t mean you have to stay in the worse neighborhood in town, it just mean you need to rent where you fit in. My wife and I were renting an apartment that was taking up 65% of our income. That left us with very little room for other bills, fun, or food for that matter. We looked like we had it together, but we were in deep debt. Don’t do what we did. Find a place that’s safe, affordable, and functional that’s all you really need.
My hope for you is that you be successful in every aspect of your life. Jumpstarting your success is the first step in this process. To be successful you must be intentional in your pursuit, and I want to help you in this process. Please share and subscribe to receive FREE weekly advice, tips, and resources on how to JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS.