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Earn Money From Your Passions With The 5 Principles of Attraction Marketing

Earn Money From Your Passions With The 5 Principles of Attraction Marketing

Wouldn’t we all love to earn money doing something we love? Earning money from our passions, with the tools and technology at our fingertips in modern-day society, is actually possible. It’s called attraction marketing.

With the explosion of the digital age and consequent social media revolution, the internet provides a vast marketplace with a size that is almost incomprehensible. There are currently more than three billion internet users across the globe, a number that is growing every second. This is almost half of the world’s population. With such a vast marketplace, there is abundant space for everyone to make money, you just need a strategy.

So, where do your passions come into this? Well, whatever it is you’re interested in, chances are there are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands or even millions, of others into the exact same thing. We call this a niche.

Regardless of your experience online, with these interests and passions, you are in a position to be able to provide valuable information for the associated niche. And given that it’s your passion, you’re in a position to do so with energy and gusto which can be very inspiring to others, hence the term attraction marketing — your passion and character attracting similar others.

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Basically, we all have something to offer in today’s world, it’s just having a strategy to make this work for you and earn money from it. That brings me onto the five principles:

1. A Website About Your Passion

Websites give you the opportunity to provide your audience with valuable information about your passion — valuable content. They can do this 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, worldwide! So if you want to make money from your passion, you need to first put it out there in some form of website. There are countless places you can do this for free or for a paid subscription. A Google search will throw up hundreds of options for you.

This website can be in the form of a blog or a landing page. A blog would consist of posts on a particular topic which give information and a point of contact. A landing page is a single page site which provides valuable information in return for a user’s email address. Both can collect potential customers around the clock. Such customers form your list of subscribers, which I will cover in more detail in principle three.

2. Advertising

It’s essential to understand that advertising online is one of the most powerful things you can ever learn to do, as it gives you the ability to put anything you want in front of anyone you want. Within minutes of building an ad, you can have your message out there, ready to provide value to an audience and make you money.

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Online advertising gives you the ability to pinpoint and target your ideal customer and will underpin your attraction marketing strategy. With traditional marketing you need to convince and persuade people how amazing your product or service is. This type of promotion can immediately get people’s backs up. With targeted advertising online, you can get your products or information in front of the types of people that would appreciate what you’re offering, those who actually want what you have to offer.

Once you have provided valuable information about your passion, an ad can lead your audience directly to further information or products to buy. Alternatively, they can lead your audience to signing up and becoming a subscriber to your list.

3. List Building

A list of subscribers is simply a database of email addresses of people who have expressed an interest in the information, services, and products you are providing. Through attraction marketing, these people are those who have similar interests and passions to you or maybe people who just resonate well with your character.

Using an email management service like Aweber, for as little as $20 a month you can manage your communications automatically, using an autoresponder, to build a relationship with your subscribers and turn them from prospects into customers. This can also take place round the clock, while you sleep, automating your earning!

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4. Provide Valuable Information About Your Passion

This is a critical step of attraction marketing. Once you have a list of subscribers all interested in you and your passions, it’s key to provide them with valuable content to build and develop a relationship with them. The relationship you have with your list is vital.

There are so many people and companies out there that try to convince you that their business opportunity is the best, most profitable, or has the greatest leadership, etc. But the truth is people get fed up with the bombardment and don’t buy in. It’s only once you have built a relationship by providing value that your prospects get to know, like, and trust you. It’s then that they want to buy into what you’re offering. Successful marketing should provide value 80% of the time and promote or offer 20% of the time. Using this approach of attraction marketing, you begin to stand out from the crowd.

5. Promote Offers

Once your systems are set up and you’ve built a relationship with your list, who now know, like, and trust you, you’re in a position to promote offers and people will more likely take action. That’s when the money starts to come in!

As an expert in your passion, you will be in a position to sell products or services that provide further information. There may also be affiliate offers that you could promote, too.

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Let’s illustrate this with an example: if your passion or expertise is health and fitness, you will be in a position to write articles or produce videos that will provide valuable information to others in this area (e.g. Top Tips for Weight Loss or How To Build Muscle Mass, etc.). From these articles and videos, you can include a call to action, asking people to provide their email address and subscribe to further information or a monthly newsletter or video. Through your email list, you can continue to provide valuable information on health and fitness to continue to build the relationship. Now, you’re in a position to offer additional products or services. Examples may include a personalized fitness program, one-to-one personal training services, online coaching video calls, etc. If you want to go the affiliate route, you could offer other people’s products or services and receive a commission.

Now here’s my call to action: if this information interests you and you would like to learn more, check out the link in my bio at the end of this article. You can sign up for tons of free training, tools, and resources on how to make use of the internet to build a lifestyle business out of your passions.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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  • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
  • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
  • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
  • Is this aligned with my passion?
  • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

7. Be Prepared to Let Go

It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

The Bottom Line

Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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