Money – How to Earn Money Legitimately

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Although, a lot of people have equated the accumulation of money to success, I think success in life goes beyond material possesstion. In today’s article, I will be sharing my thoughts about money and how to earn money legitimately.

The truth is that, the money you desire or aspire to earn is in the hands of other people. The question is, how do you get people to willingly give you their money. The day I learnt this principle about money and how to earn it legitimately, my mindset about money changed for the better!

What you should know about money
  • Money is Good
  • Money is Important
  • Money is a Tool
  • Money is a Servant
  • Money is a Means of Exchange
  • Money is a by-product

I will be explaining the details in subsequent posts. In the meantime, I want you to put those concepts in mind as we proceed.

Misconception about money

The misconception about money has led many people astray. Here is what I mean, money is a visitor, it goes and stays where it is welcomed. Many people have built a wrong or negative mindset around money, such that they unconsciously chase money away. For instance, such people unknowingly have a wrong understanding of the Biblical quote about money…they say, money is the root of all evil. That is wrong! The Bible in 1 Tim 6:10 says ‘the love of money is the root of all evil’. The keyword there is ‘love of money’. Evil is not associated with money, but the love of money.

Mindset plays a role

The mindset you have around money also plays an important role in your relationship with money. For instance, such mindsets as;

  • Money is difficult to come by
  • I need to work hard to earn money
  • Rich people are thieves
  • I don’t have what it takes to earn money
  • I was not born rich, hence cannot be rich
  • Wealth is reserved for some people
  • I cannot be rich
  • My parents are not rich, hence I cannot be rich
  • Money don’t grow on trees
  • etc.

These type of mindset or belief around money will naturally influence your behaviour towards it, thus, determining the action or inaction you take. With this type of mindset, you should know what the result or outcome is; Lack, struggle, poverty, etc

    But imagine a mindset like this;
    • Money is good
    • I attract money
    • Money answeres to me
    • Money flows to me from everywhere
    • I have the ability to earn money
    • I am a money magnet
    • etc.

    These type of mindset will put you in a consistent state to receive money making ideas, influence your behaviour, thus propelling you to take the necessary actions that will enable you earn money legitimately. I should mention here that, this type of mindset will also attract the persons, resources, network, etc into your life, for the purpose of manifesting your belief about money.

    What you believe is what you manifest

    Going by what I have discussed so far about mindset, you would have discovered that the money or abundance that you manifest is determined by the dominant mindset or belief you uphold about money.

    How to earn money legitimately

    I am deliberate about my choice of words here. Note, I said legitimately. This is because there are illegitimate ways of earning money too.

    The first principle is to get your intention right. Why do you want money? As long as your motives are humane, be assured that the universe will make a way. Such intentions as; to help humanity, feed the hungry, provide the best life for ones family, advance a worthy cause, freedom, etc are noble and ideal. Your intention should not be selfish, greedy or manipulative (using people). Fix your intention.

    Identify the problem you can solve for a lot of people. How can you make life easy and sweet for others. Zig Ziglar once said, if you help a lot of people get what they want, you will get what you want. That principle works! Now, you see why your intention should be hinged on genuine purposes. Most of the genuinely successful people in the world (alive or dead), didn’t make money their primary objective for what they do. Money came as a result of what they do (by-product).

    Acquire and develop specilized skills or knowledge neccessary for solving the problem you have identified. I told you earlier that money is a means of exchange. In this instance, you will be exchanging value for money. Provided the value you offer is exceptional, people will willingly exchange their money.

    Package the value you offer in the most appealing form. It could in the form of a product, service, coaching, speaking, etc. The list is endless.

    Build your brand, position your offering in the right segment and communicate your unique selling proposition. Get your marketing strategy right.

    Final thoughts

    Improve your ability to offer the value and get exceptionally good at what you do. Improve everyday. Get better at what you do.

    Become difficult to be replaced. The idea here is to reinforce your uniqueness and make sure you are intentional about been consistent in horning your uniqueness. There are no two people on earth with the same combination of talents, gifts, ability, etc like you. Bring that to the fore!

    I assure you that you will earn money legitimately by following the principles shared in this article. Click Here to my ebook ‘Money is not your priority’

    Stephen Adetolu is a Maxwell Leadership Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer, He is passionate about helping people unlock their potential, so that they can achieve their highest, truest life aspiration.

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