Well, think before you leap and quit your job to become a motivational speaker. And I do mean think.
Although I didn’t have kids when I started, I still had to pay my bills and eat. I couldn’t quit my job cold turkey not knowing when and where the next paycheck would come from. You can call me coward or chicken if you want. But you are not going to call me stupid.
I never forgot this lady with a beaming smile on her face. She came to announce to me that she quit her job to pursue her speaking. I mean… She was so excited. She felt like it was the best decision she had ever made.
But there was one problem. She had never given a paid speech before.
In fact, she literally had nothing in place to launch her business. I mean, she had no demo video, no one sheet, and no promotional materials.
Well, she did tell me that she had strong faith and that her needs would be met. Yep, her needs were met alright. She lost her home and moved back to live with her parents. Then she started pounding the pavement looking for a job.
I felt sorry things turned out that way for her. I really did. But she learned her lesson. The reality is the woman is definitely cut out for speaking. She has remarkable speaking skills and talents. There’s no doubt she would have made it big.
When I quit my job, I was already a published author and was making good money to pay all my bills with a surplus in the bank. And I was heavily invested in my speaking career at the same time.
Now your situation may not be the same. You probably are not going to have an employer that is going to allow you to go out and speak while holding your job. But in spite of that, there’s still a way. And yes, I know there is.
Listen, it’s not hard at all to make it in the speaking field. Well, of course, you are going to have to do some work. The hardest part is getting started and keeping up the momentum.