Credentials were vital in the old world---the world of my father and mother.
You'd apply for a job and people would say, "Where did you get your degree?" or "What's your degree in?"
"Alcoholism," I would say. "Bankruptcy and divorce."
And you know what? They didn't care.
Oh, they weren't exactly happy with my credentials. But they moved quickly to the next question-the question they really wanted to ask----"Can you help us?"
Yes, I think so, or at least let's do a pilot seminar, a trial workshop and find out. I ended up training more than 20 Fortune 500 companies that way and a couple hundred smaller businesses, schools and organizations.
Not because of my credentials. But because I could help. I could serve.
That's good news for all of us today. It's no longer who you know or what your credentials are, now it's WHAT YOU CAN DO!
This allows you to build your skills and deepen your professional strength any way you like. It's all online now. What do you want to learn how to do? It's all right there.
A woman client told me not long ago in subdued, breathy tones (the kind of voice reserved for the most sacred stories of suffering and victimization, stories that have formed the helpless robot), "I am sad that I never had the education that I should have had. Not being given that educational advantage, my ability to get a high-paying job has been limited."
And I could hear the hushed reverence in her voice as she described the tenets of her victim religion. It was deeply personal for her, and the fact that she was "sharing" her weakness with me was an example of how "authentic" she had learned to be.
Except for one little thing. One flaw in the presentation: it was all nonsense. She could have learned anything any time including now. This now, yes. This very minute inside this very day today.
People hire you today because of what you can do.
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Why not think big??
So if the Coaching Prosperity School was a success, as it was, why not think bigger? Why not always keep thinking bigger? Not out of greed, but out of keeping my brain alive, active and growing?
Almost a physical thing. Fending off dementia by practicing the discipline of thinking big. Like an entrepreneur thinks.
So how about the All of Humanity Prosperity School? It expands the target market dramatically. And it eliminates a lot of the pacing and cursing and worrying I had been doing.
Remember, that one of the guiding principles of wealth creation is not to worry. And the best way not to worry is to have a project you are engaged in. Without a project, you descend into worry. Your "project" becomes worrying. The mind has to spin somewhere, and if it can't gear into a creative project it will look outward and worry about other people and the world at large.
As I was. Worrying about political matters and the recession and the depression.
So my project became the All of Humanity Prosperity School. And you can sign up for the school yourself by Googling the Wealth Warrior Movement or going here: (http://www.stevechandler.com/wealth_warrior_movement.html)
That's the school.
Do you qualify for admission?
Are you part of humanity? Doesn't feel like you are at the moment? Not a group you'd like to be associated with?
So why am I even saying all this (risk all!)? This shouldn't be inside a blog, this should be outside as an ad, (I'll put it there, too!)
Because we have become afraid to sell and communicate our value. All of us. So why say that in a blog and then be afraid in that same blog to do it?
Remember the doctor in the village. The doctor was shy and unassuming. He didn't want people to think of him in a certain way, so he kept to himself and a little girl died whom he could have saved.
Maybe I could save someone, too.
Maybe someone does better with audio than with books and I had a program with lots of webinars and audio programs about how to create wealth but I was too afraid to mention it inside my blog because of what people would think. I would be like the doctor.
Plenty of people don't read these days. They don't like it. But they listen. They listen in their cars, they listen on the treadmill at the gym, they listen on a walk through the woods. They listen in bed at night. That's why I make so much audio. My clients use the audio.
My next audio is going to be about the doctor's fear of self-promotion. It's related to an earlier audio I made on PLEASING vs. SERVING. How we confuse the two. How we stay broke because we confuse the two. How our communications and bad time management are focused on pleasing people and winning their approval instead of serving people and receiving payments for the service.
My next program will be about your SOCIAL SELF vs. your PROFESSIONAL SELF.
We sure know how to socialize and relate to society. We have been trained in that 24/7 since we were children.
"Be good!" Mother used to say. "Thank your Grandma," Father would command. All day long we were trained to develop that social self so that it could be consistently pleasing.
But things go wrong when we are older. We give away too much in negotiation. We become horribly weak and impotent at self-promotion. Worse, we believe self-promotion is immoral. Disgusting, even.
"Don't brag!" Father used to say. "Don't look so conceited."
Telling the village that you were a doctor and a very qualified one would have gone against all your years of training and programming.
Talking about audio programs in a blog carries the same taboo: "Right there he entered the sleaze zone! His credibility was lost right there. Previously I had seen him as an altruistic man, out to heal the planet's poverty, but talking about his audios showed me who he really was. He is Satan."
But how can you (yes, you, from now on I'm talking about your self-promotion, not mine)…how can you help anyone with your product or service if they don't know about it? How can you do something for someone (serve them) if they don't know what you can do?
Let people know who you are and what you can do. If you are a personal trainer, everyone should know. If you have a blog you are writing why hide that? If you are the best receptionist your company has ever had why not let that person at the party who said she was just named president of a local company-why not let her know that you are a great receptionist? In case she is ever looking for one. How else can you really serve her? By staying inside your cottage like the doctor while the screams echo through the night?
This was a huge hurdle in the journey toward making money-for me and my clients. Recognizing how that humble social self kicks in automatically throughout the day. That sweet, unassuming, self-deprecating SS [social self] interacts with everyone who communicates.
In the old days your name would tell people what you did. John the carpenter, soon just became John Carpenter. Steve the chandler (maker of candles) soon became Steve Chandler. The moment John Carpenter was introduced, the person could say, "Can you come fix my roof? I'll give you six chickens." It was a world where your skill or service was who you were.
It still is.
No wait it's not. Today how good we are at sucking up to people is who we are. John Apple Polisher. Steve Bootlicker. Suzy Teacher's Pet.
The great philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Society is a conspiracy against the manhood of each of its members."
And his old school definition of "manhood" applies to women too, today, because it means "strong, independent, free-thinking individuals." Someone who lives guided by inner (freely chosen) principles instead of outer people to please all day.
The All of Humanity Prosperity School.
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