The fear of rejection is a powerful obstacle when you are thinking about making a change. Jia Jiang decided to turn rejection into a game of discovery and figured out how to turn rejection into possibilities.
Making money is about much more than monetary wealth, more important is the freedom to choose, peace of mind and a better quality of life.
This blog looks to be focused on making money, different ways to do it, how much you can make, etc. but money is not the end goal. For years I didn´t even like money due to negative experiences associated with the lack of it. Over the years I have changed my way of thinking to realise making money is not just for buying more ´stuff´ or doing more ´things´. Wealth is freedom to do what you want when you want. Having financial options means you are not reliant on others for a paycheck. You have more control over your life.
So while you will see a directory full of different ways to make money, the main focus is giving people options. I want to make sure that at least one person in every household has the knowledge to find alternative financial security.
I have experienced a childhood full of financial struggle which caused shame, arguments, and a sense of missing out. I lived as a university student who was always broke, lacking the history of financial knowledge and security to change my ways. As an immigrant in Spain with two young kids I struggled to make ends meet and recreated the poverty cycle of my parents. My natural dislike of all things routine and boring had me constantly searching for new opportunities.
There has to be a better way.
I´m still not interested in becoming mega-rich just for the sake of buying designer clothes and the latest fancy machine. I am interested in having the financial power to reach more people and let them know ´there has to be a better way.´
The world is changing. A decade after the greatest worldwide economic crisis since the Great Depression doom and gloom is always just over the next horizon.
Another problem is that the robots are coming. They will replace millions of jobs over the next 20 years because they can do the tasks faster, with more precision and at a lower cost. It will affect most areas of the economy from production to health and without an alternative to traditional jobs, what will happen to the unemployed?
One option is Universal Basic Income, resisted by those working who think it is a one-way ticket to scrounging off ´those of us to work hard´. It is also resisted by governments who can´t see how it is financially viable - without people working and paying taxes, how are they going to afford it?
Classifying people as good or bad citizens has begun and your access to money will depend on it. Australia introduced ´No Jab No Pay´ so that those who don´t vaccinate won´t get benefits. There is talk of China using a surveillance system to rank citizens on how well they behave, which ultimately affects access to cheaper credit etc.
So we need to develop a resistence to reliance on the state. There has to be a balance where we move forward and use technology to our advantage, but also keep some tricks up our sleeve so that we can use our iniative to create financial indpendence. Just like survival preppers who could make a fire if the power grid goes down after and EMP attack, or solar flares. They know how to make fire, they know how to find food without going to the supermakret. It doesn´t mean they don´t use the commodities of modern day life, they just won t be left paralyzed and reliant on others in times of crisis.
Sound a bit melodramatic? How many people have enough savings to see them through five years of financial turmoil? Not many. How many people are living paycheck to paycheck? A LOT! At all levels of society.
This is not about rich versus poor, this is about embracing what was good about the past, where you had to be more resourceful to survive, and combining it with the benefits of modernisation.
That is why you will find a mish mash of things on the Alternative Income Report. Because making money is not just about making money. There is a combination of knowledge, motivation, and community support thrown in because the reasons we are in our current situation is complex, just like human beings are complex. We all operate differently and are motivated by different things.
A poverty mindset is that nasty little gremlin in your subconscious that is sabotaging your efforts at making more money. On the outside, we assume we are doing everything we can to change our lives for the better. On the inside, the gremlin is tripping us up at every possible opportunity.
For some people, no matter how many skills or opportunities available to them, they always stop short of success. A variety of factors could account for this but one worth considering is your attitude to money. Everyone wants money. We know we need it, but deep down do we like it?
Do we likemoney? Surely everyone likes money I hear you say. Apparently not.
I knew I wanted money because it allows me to pay my bills, buy nice things, go travelling, etc. However, when I saw a video by Morgana Rae talking about her Money Honey I discovered I was scared of mine!
She took us through an exercise where you ask yourself if money was a person, what would they look like? Her Money Honey was a handsome young man who always looked after her and I wasn't expecting mine to be much different. I was wrong.
When I imagined my Money Honey, it took the form of a menacing creature, dressed in dirty, smelly rags, hunched over by the bins as if it had just risen from a dark place to do me harm. The physical feeling this bought up for me was one of disgust and fear. I could feel my stomach clench, my anxiety levels rise, and a desire to run away as fast as I could.
I was SHOCKED!
No wonder I failed to take advantage of all the opportunities I had in front of me. Somewhere deep down, money brought up those feelings and I had NO desire to deal with this evil figure.
It sounds crazy I know, but it made sense to me. My experiences in the past dictated how I felt about money. For me money was always a problem. In my childhood it was my parents struggling to pay the bills and buy food. As a student I was always living on the breadline and when I earned money, I had to pay back a student loan. I had never known what it felt like to have more than enough, having the freedom to buy whatever I wanted, or have enough money to save. Money meant stress, paying debts, paying bills and avoiding debt collectors.
I recreated the same scenario when I moved to Spain and spent years worrying how we would pay for food, the bills, petrol, etc.
I created a negative association to money which meant thinking about, or making money bought up feelings of how it would be taken away.
It´s not logical, I know that. On a conscious, rational level I know that money equals freedom, but sometimes those damn gremlins just keep emphasising the negative. Unless you do something to change your money story, it could affect you too.
So, your turn. Set aside a few minutes to close your eyes and think about what money means to you. If it´s not positive, I strongly recommend you start working to change your money story as soon as possible!
I just saw a clip from a BBC programme in the UK, about a woman jailed for not paying her council tax. For 50 days. In what world does that make sense?
While she is in jail, she has zero chance of earning any income. When she gets out she will have a criminal record which will limit her chances of getting work in the future as some employers will automatically disqualify her. Her debt will continue to be unpaid, but the government will have spent thousands in sending her to court and keeping in prison for those 50 days.
I started working from home because I had no other alternative after moving to Spain and buying a house on the outskirts of a small village, in an area with little tourism and development. There were few ´real´ jobs and I wasted years on startups and real estate because it still gave me the flexibility to be with my children. Lack of confidence to try new things meant I took longer to move on, struggled for longer and earnt less money.
What do I classify as a ´real´ job? One that pays a regular salary every month, where you work regular hours and you get more than slave wages. For me there was only a glut of long hours for earnings that barely covered travel and food for the day, or commission only jobs that cost you money to work because you had to pay for your own petrol and phone calls. I spent YEARS trying to make these work while filling in the gaps with freelance jobs I found online.
The super confident gurus say they can sell in any market, in any location under any conditions. However, not all of us have unlimited confidence. When you are rejected and lack skills to apply for better paid jobs, you feel the weight of your responsibilities and bills you can not pay. Any confidence you might have had gets trapped under the mountain of overwhelm.