RULE 39: Cultivate A Skill & It Will Repay You Over And Over Again

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Femi Kuti, a skilled Musician and Saxophinist

There’s a saying that he who pays the piper calls the tune. And that’s true. But the piper can decide how much he will charge for playing that tune if what he plays is:

• In demand
• Rare
• Particularly difficult (or in some way unique) to play
Get yourself a decent instrument, a decent set of tunes, an unusual or quirky PR approach, a USP, create a name for yourself and the world will beat a path to your door. And pay you handsomel.

“Once you can do something no one else can do - or as few people as is possible - you can pretty well name your price. And believe me it doesn’t have to be a particularly difficult skill, just one that somebody else wants and will pay for”.

Once you can do something no one else can do - or as few people as is possible - you can pretty well name your price. And believe me it doesn’t have to be a particularly difficult skill, just one that somebody else wants and will pay for. Remember the guy who polishes the very best cars at a premium price? (Read Rule 7 on www.asabeafrika.blogspot.com.)
You could train to be a brain surgeon but it takes over ten years and aptitude and dedication and steady hands. So, putting that aside, you could think about what you’ve got to offer. What are your skills, your talents, your strengths and weaknesses? Who needs those skills? How could you put them to best use? How do you tell the people who need these skills that you have them? What skill might you be able to master in order to meet a need that’s out there waiting to be met?
For this exercise you are not allowed to say:
• Don’t know
• Not sure
• Nothing really
• Not a lot
• What do you mean? Talent? Skills? Me?
Come on, we all have something we can do or could do that is special to us, that we feel we could make a fortune from if only someone would give us a break. We all have a dream we could follow, a plan we dare carry out. Perhaps all we need is a shove, a push in the right direction, a wake-up call to get up off our backside and actually do something. Well, this is it. WAKE UP. GET ON WITH IT.  
 
From The Book; The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar
(Read Rule 40 of Rule of Wealth tomorrow on Monday atAsabeafrika)

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