Are You Selling Yourself For Pennies?

Expect more than pennies...

I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would pay no more,
However, I begged at evening
 I counted my scanty store.

For life is a just employer,
it gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
only to learn dismayed,
that any wage I had asked of life,
Life would have willingly paid.

– W. Clement Stone/Napoleon Hill  (from SUCCESS Through A Positive Mental Attitude)

Here are some questions for you today:  

How much value do you place on yourself?

How much value do you place on your work?

How much value do you place on your education?

How much value do you place on your life experiences?  

This is what you bring to the table. Value. 

And this value may be hidden from you at the moment.

We have a tendency to look at our skills as the first and most important barometer of our value. “What can I do?  It is an important question, but not the only one worth pursuing.

How are your people skills?

Do you make people smile?

Do you inspire people? Motivate them? Get them to take action?

How do you blend your personality traits with what you do?

Understanding your strengths is the key to never selling yourself short. 

When you understand exactly what your strengths are, you can build upon them. Develop them. Pursue opportunities to include them in your work and personal life.  

You have so much more to offer than you think.  You have more value than you can imagine.

This is why many coaches tell their clients to “think big.”

Because so many don’t think big enough.

Selling Requires an Abundance Mindset

We’re willing to be happy with a cupful of life when instead; life wants to give us gallons and gallons.

Just yesterday, a friend of mine and fellow coach talked about how many freelancers he knows tell him they’ve run out of ideas.  All tapped out.   Or they feel they’ve used up all the good ideas with just a few blog posts.

This is not what your target market wants to hear.

They’re looking for solutions. Fresh, creative ideas that will help them solve a problem.  Building a strong discipline in your life for creating ideas is THE key way to differentiate yourself from your competition.

Focus on thinking big. Wherever you are, whatever it is that you do—don’t be satisfied with a thimble-full of ideas.

Be hungry.

Go after the feast of life with a vengeance.

Ask life for the highest wage you can envision, and when you receive it, say “Yes. Thank you.”  Expect great things to happen to you and be grateful when they do.

We continue to be surprised by life’s generosity because we continue to expect so little.

And if you find yourself without a bunch of fresh, new ideas to follow, check out my book, The BIG Marketing Idea Book: Ignite Winning IDEAS, Get More Hot Breakthroughs – And Electrify Your Business In Just 30 Days.

It’s time to finally say, “Let’s DO this!”

Yours for winning, BIGGER ideas…
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About the Author

Mary Rose 'Wildfire' Maguire is a direct response copywriter, digital marketing consultant, and brand and email marketing fangirl. Tireless advocate for testing response. David Ogilvy is my invisible mentor, along with John Caples and Claude C. Hopkins. You can find me on Twitter or LinkedIn.