My son Dave is an actor, a singer, and a budding teacher. I'm happy to say, he is also a very active networker in the Theater and Film realms of central New Jersey. Like his older brother Kevin, Dave is an entrepreneurial type of Twenty-Something, juggling multiple creative projects all at once.
Recently he related this story to my wife and me.
He was networking with someone in the TV commercial voice-over business in New York City. Let's call him Guy. In the course of a lively conversation, Guy asked Dave two questions:
"Dave, What is your passion? And, How will you monetize it?"
From the little I know about Guy, he has a passion for acting and found a way to monetize it via voice-over work in TV commercials.
In Dave's case, his passions include acting, singing, and composing music for movies. He is already working on ways to turn his passions and talents into an income stream.
This story got me thinking about my situation. My wife and I are always putting our thinking caps on for new ways to save money or to generate income. So I have decided to monetize my blog!
I've implemented two things so far:
1. I've put ads on my blog
2. I've linked my blog to a customized e-store on Amazon, focused on my areas of interest
If you go to my blog now, you'll notice three Amazon ads to the left, featuring my three books, To Your Success, Lead the Way, and Change for the Better.
Additionally, via Amazon.com, I have created an e-store dedicated to books on the topic of leadership, innovation, customer service, and organizational change business books.
I've decided that it's time to monetize my passions which include writing, blogging, and designing creative solutions to leadership development needs that my clients are struggling with.
How about you? What are your passions? How can you deploy them to make some money?
Note: Here is the link to my e-store: http://astore.amazon.com/hewearnowh-20
Note: Here is the link to my blog: http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday October 5, 2013.
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to navigating through organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon