Disclaimer: I’m taking off my MBA, business professional and Joy Ambassador hats for this Motivational Monday. How about some real talk with no chaser?
When people ask what inspires me, these days my reply is often “counterfeit, thirsty entrepreneurs”. When I see the number of so-called “business professionals/specialist/experts” who prey upon the inexperienced, passionate ones, I become sick to my stomach. I often scratch my head in disbelief when I see people offer “packages” to services at premium prices that are FREE! Worse than that, they are delivering sub-par, “bootleg” results and leaving consumers angry and remorseful.
Now, I do understand that people will pay you to provide services because they do not have time. I also understand that there are some people, many who are my clients, who don’t care to learn the how to and will gladly pay me to do it. In many situations, this is smart and these are not the examples I am referring to.
What I am referring to are those “specialist, experts and strategists” who basically are peddling a Business 101, watered down system to those who don’t know any better. Too many fall victim to the glossy showmanship or city slicker speeches and take them at face value. I could operate my business that way to make a quick buck but that is not who I am. Despite my feelings about this situation, there is one glaring message I’ll share for this Motivational Monday:
See, even something undesirable can spark something good if you know how to leverage it. Spot the failures, breakdowns and gaps in the system: those are YOUR opportunities. Know your calling, relentlessly pursue your passion and let nothing stop you from making an impact on those you were uniquely designed to serve. If you can learn anything from the fraudulent, manipulative and deceptive practices of others, you can learn that there is money waiting for you and your gift as well as an audience that is hungry for it. Be the difference maker and offer results-driven, authentic alternatives. That is something that branding alone will never buy you. Happy Monday and get to work!
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author
CEO, Alesha Brown LLC