When I think about what it takes to create freedom in our lives, I get a little sad. If you’re an author, you’re told to make your book free from time to time and cheaper the rest of the time. If you’re a speaker, you’re told you can’t get a $10,000 speaking fee. If you’re a blogger, podcaster, or coach, you’re told to work for free to get testimonials and referrals.
While access and information have become more attainable, the value of what we offer has been driven down. The thinking is that if people can get it for free, why would they pay for it? I have coached, talked to, and witnessed too many dreamers fall victim to this line of thinking. This line of thinking adds to our self-limiting beliefs and keeps many of us from creating the life we truly want to live.
I have coached over 127 hours for free. I have written 400 blog posts on this blog. I have interviewed on over 150 podcast interviews. I have written 150 articles for large websites and blogs. I have spoken at 20 events for free. I have given away enough knowledge that a dreamer can use to create freedom and not have to hire me.
I’m guessing you have a similar story because this is the path we’re conditioned to take. For authors alone, the KDP Select free days have been forced feed as the only way to sell books today. It’s sad and concerning. Through private Facebook messages, email, and other avenues, we are constantly asked advice that we should be charging for.
I don’t have a fancy outline for this post or even a structured thought. I’m writing this to simple tell you that you are worth more—a million dollars even. You may not have a degree or some fancy certification, but you have valuable knowledge through your life experiences. That experience leads you to an understanding that others would pay to learn. That shouldn’t be free. (more…)