How many times have authors brushed off the importance of money in their creative journey, saying “I’m not in it for the money”? This noble sentiment often masks a deeper truth: when they share their work with the world, money becomes an undeniable part of the equation, and embracing this is not just acceptable – it’s vital.
For those passionately dedicated to their art (and writing is an art), desiring only to connect with readers without monetary exchange, the path is simple – offer your creations freely, unburdened by the constraints of commerce. That means free.
When they accept financial compensation for their art, they face an introspective moment: why is there hesitation in admitting the financial aspect of their craft? Are they unconsciously subscribing to the myth that monetizing their art equates to selling their souls? This mindset, especially prevalent among women, wrongly dictates that their work should primarily serve others, not their own well-being.
Your self-worth, and the worth of your creations, often hit an invisible ceiling of our own making. To explore this, imagine a scenario where you’re asked to put a price on your most cherished work. What figure comes to mind? Is it a modest sum, or does it boldly reflect the true value of your creative endeavors? $10,000? $100,000? $1,000,000? More? Less?
My example amounts are designed to trick you.
If you thought of a round number, you might not be fully acknowledging your work’s worth. Why settle for convenience over true valuation? Is it fear that a higher price might paint you as greedy or out of touch? You will not worry about what other people think of you when you realize how little they do.
Realize that by aiming for a higher number, you’re not just advocating for your work’s value; you’re opening doors to generosity. Imagine the help you could extend to your loved ones, to meaningful causes, with this abundance. It’s about transforming lives, starting with your own.
Our minds are powerful; they shape our reality. If we dwell on limitations, we confine ourselves to a financial straitjacket. But if we envision growth, expansion, and value, our paths open up to possibilities we never thought possible.
The fear of loss is an ancient instinct, yet it shouldn’t overshadow the potential gains. I’ve seen authors hesitant to expand successful marketing strategies, paralyzed by the fear of what might go wrong, rather than excited by what could go right. This mindset can lead to missed opportunities and stagnation.
Remember, monumental successes are often the culmination of many smaller victories. When I committed to supporting Nicki’s writing dreams through marketing, I was a novice. Yet, I dove into learning, understanding setbacks as stepping stones, not roadblocks.
Successful people aren’t strangers to failure; they simply choose to learn from each experience, focusing on potential gains rather than losses. Each setback or success is a lesson, a chance to grow and excel.
Life will always have its challenges, but opportunities often present solutions. Money, while not a panacea, can ease the journey, offering support where needed. The notion that abundance of wealth is inherently harmful is a myth. Wealth can be a force for good, an enabler of dreams and a tool for change.
So, revisit that initial question: What is your work truly worth? Let your heart answer with a number that reflects not just the value of your words but the potential impact of your creativity. Embrace this new sense of worth, and let it guide you towards a future where your art, your efforts, and your contributions are valued as they truly deserve.
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