The internet gifts us the ability to learn what once required college or the proper connections. Now, you can learn any skill you desire from anywhere in the world for, typically, a fraction of the cost of college. That’s awesome!
However, this educational freedom backfires when the modern day opportunist shows up on the block, someone who believes that they’ve perfected a skill that they’ve only been doing for a short while and now they want to create courses or charge clients for consultations etc. Aht, aht!
When you’re doing what you love, the money will come but you can’t buy a stellar reputation. It’s your reputation that is on the line when you desire profit before you’ve garnered the proper experience.
Experience happens over time not over night.
Teaching courses or offering webinars or consultations etc. leans towards an assumed understanding that you have expertise in this field but that may or may not be the case. Loving what you do and loving it enough to teach about it, are two different things. You don’t need to have a PhD or work for an esteemed university to create online courses. Now you can just utilize platforms like Teachable or Udemy etc. and have at it.
That’s great, to an extent but remember, you should master your craft before you charge people to learn from you. I get it, you want to make money teaching about what you love to do but if you’re not yet an expert or at least well-versed in the subject, don’t start teaching – it could obliterate your blossoming reputation.
People want to get their money’s worth and if they feel as if they did not, trust me they’re going to spread their truth around town and so goes your reputation. Don’t allow greed to expedite your process.
One more time for those in the back.
Don’t allow greed to expedite your process.
We all want wealth. We all want to get paid to do what we love. We all want the freedom and comfort that money provides but don’t chase that at the expense of your own credibility. Take the necessary time to hone your skills because no one can replicate your idiosyncratic teaching style. It might’ve been done before but not by you and that makes it special.
Slow down. Be a student first and the rest will fall into place.
You got this.
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