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3 Ways to Turn Times of Chaos Into Cash



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Countries are still experiencing lockdowns. Economies are struggling to stay afloat. Unemployment rates have improved since April 2020’s all-time high, but are still significantly higher than before Covid hit. New variants of the virus are arising and causing fresh concern. There’s no doubt about it, even a whole year after its arrival, things are rough.

But if you think business has dried up because of the Big C, think again.

There’s still lots of business out there. Money is still being spent. Relief funds are being funneled into different projects. New economies have emerged. So if there’s enough money going around, why haven’t you seen the profits for yourself? And why have so many businesses declared bankruptcy and closed their doors? The short answer: money movement has started flowing into non-traditional forms of businesses. Emerging economies are being created, while old economies are being overhauled. And you can profit from this. Plenty of companies already have. 

It’s not just the practical products like tissue paper, alcohol and food delivery that are skyrocketing, however. When their world is crumbling around them, people want some kind of escape, and this was most easily seen in the jump in online streaming subscriptions. With everyone stuck at home, e-commerce and virtual experiences such as AirBnB Online Experiences were saving our sanity. The key to making a profit has always lay in how accessible your product is during a crisis and how empowering or entertaining it is.

Here are 3 surprisingly simple ways that you can turn chaos into cash:

1. Focus on “How can I help?” vs. “How can I make money?”

When a crisis happens, people immediately think, “How can I get through this?” They know they need help, but they might not be able to pinpoint exactly what that help looks like. This is where you come in. Crisis creates need, so the moment you find a way to help answer those questions, you’ll be able to monetize that need.

While in lock-down, for instance, I received an ad from a young lady offering personal grocery shopping and delivery. The last shopping trip I’d taken had cost me four long hours, so I leapt at the offer. This genius girl just focused on how she wanted to help, found a price that worked for her, and started making offers. 

“The money you make is a symbol of the value you create.” – Idowu Koyenikan

2. Focus on your biggest frustration

Many of the best ideas come from frustrations! Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, hated looking bad in white pants so she focused on her “pain” and figured out how to make it go away. She is $1.1 billion richer because of it. 

Keep in mind that whatever you’re frustrated about, somewhere there’s someone else experiencing that same feeling. You’re not the only one who can benefit from a solution. And in a pandemic or other unexpected disaster, there are bound to be a lot of frustrations.

 Here are a few reflective questions to get you started: 

 “What is my biggest frustration right now?”

“Why am I frustrated about it?”

“What do I want to have/do/feel instead?’ 

“What do I want to do about it?”

“How do I create a solution around it?”

3. Focus on what you want to teach.

If you feel as though you need to have a PHD or certification in order to teach a skill or perspective, let me change your mind. When people are stuck at home, remember that they need something fresh and new to occupy their time… and learning a new skill or hobby is at the top of the list! 2020 saw an enormous surge for language learning apps such as Babbel and Duolingo, and how about that sourdough bread-making craze? 

Plus, teaching can be done from the comfort (and safety) of your own home through video chats, pdfs, books, social media, or more complex platforms. It is an endeavor that is both versatile and forgiving.

If you’re not sure where to start, try asking yourself:

How do I think differently from others? How can I share that difference?

What can I teach? What do I want to teach? 

What about myself or my way of living do I want to share with others?

Making a profit is always possible. 

And finding your purpose, even if it’s “just for now,” is also possible. When you work at creating solutions, you’ll never run out of ideas on how to monetize any situation. And what’s great is that, since you’re focused on making life easier for others in some way, you’ll feel good—not pushy or presumptuous—about generating sales!

The bottom line: Shift your mindset from “making money” to “making a difference,” and create a solution for a problem or teach something to others. Business isn’t always about delivering or pivoting to something completely new. It’s about making the most of the resources that are already within your reach.

Known as THE Business Coach for Misfits, Maria Tan (Maria Kathlyn Tan) empowers non-conformists across the globe to create success tailored to their lifestyles. She’s been featured in Forbes and published in Addicted2Success, Entrepreneur, HuffPost, Elephant Journal, Pick the Brain, and Thrive Global, and was the only Asian woman featured in The Money Code and How to Crack It, a book that debuted at #14 on Amazon US..Before coaching online, she was a cross-cultural business and communications consultant. Her 1000+ clients over the years range from side-hustlers and new entrepreneurs to seasoned businesses who want to scale more sustainably. To learn more about Maria, visit her website or follow her on IG  where she’s most active.

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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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