What are you good at?

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We were in a 2nd hand book shop in Gordon’s Bay last weekend, as avid book lovers it is hard to pass a book shop and not go in, besides who does not like a bargain. As a home schooling mom I am always on the look out for books to use for the kids. I found an awesome Coastcare Fact Sheet Series File, all about the SA coast line. Living at the coast we spend a lot of time on the beach and the kids ask a lot of questions so it is nice to have a reference guide to look things up in.

But I digress, I found a book called Cash in a Flash – Fast Money in Slow Times of course this is a catchy title but the skeptic in me was dubious. There is no such thing as fast money – or is there? I picked it up and flicked through quickly. 2 things caught my eye, the one was that this was a book actually focusing on you as a person and not so much about money and the second was a small bit about how the model of being dependant on someone else for your money does not get you far but then neither does being independent because very few start up businesses actually make it. They talked about Interdependence and how women were better at working with a supportive team behind you and your idea than men were.

Anyway I got the book and have been so enjoying it. All I keep thinking is, if I can make money I can help other people. Friends, community etc etc. I always feel like I need to give back, I have been privileged and want to help improve the lives of others too.

The first part is all about your mind and how you think about money and yourself, they challenge you to be positive, change your self dialogue, see the good in stuff, imagine yourself in the lifestyle you want, etc. Being positive and having that energy around you attracts the right decisions and people.

The heart part is about what is your indivudual skill set that makes you passionate and good at certain things. They say that fast money is about the stuff you can do NOW to bring in money that does not need to wait for investment or education etc etc. The low hanging fruit as they call it, later you can move onto to stuff you need to work harder to get. But their point is that we all have a cache of skills and knowledge driven by our passions that we are good at doing now and can make money from.

As I wrote down the headings on a paper I did my little mindmap drawings that I would use when studying – for me drawing it makes a connection with it. I am a novice at drawing but it was actually quite fun. From these categories you are supposed to in 90 minutes come up with something you can do. ( there is a lot more to the book) but it was a good exercise. Amazing how much harder it is to find the good stuff than the bad.
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If you can’t see the picture that clearly the left side of the page is the mind cache and the right the heart cache
Here are the categories and the pictures that I drew

Mind (brain) : knowledge (brain), skills ( hand), confidence ( exclamation mark), failures and fears ( thunder cloud), problems ( road block)
Heart (heart): passions (fire), desires ( person dreaming), talents (toolbox), wisdom (owl) and connections ( linked chain)

you have to write your top 3 under each topic, it is quite a good way to see on paper what you are good at. Next move is to find a dream team to work with to translate this into something that I can use as a plan and an idea. I was wondering if it was silly to post the things I wrote here and then seeing what you guys think since a lot of people I really love and respect read this blog and I value their comments?

7 thoughts on “What are you good at?

  1. Sally, have you ever considered having a knitting class?

    You could do it in different areas and even combine it with other stuff like crochet etc.

    I have been looking for a class but we don’t seem to have any in the southern suburbs. There are many classes for sewing and crochet and various craft skills but not knitting. I need to expand on what I am currently doing, learn about things like felting and cabling and even basic things like how to read a pattern – I don’t think we were ever taught this basic skill at school level.

    Think about it?

    • I would love to teach you. I was thinking the knitting Saturday mornings could be learning times and sharing skills.
      Let me think about it, might be fun to teach a small group

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