Can you interpret dreams?

A few weeks ago, I had a dream that I could barely remember by the time i woke up.

After a few hours of cracking my brain and trying to put the pieces together, it started coming back.

“I remembered driving home in the evening and was stopped by some policemen. They did the typical checks and eventually asked me to get down from the car.”

Then it all started to get fuzzy again.

It made me remember the story of Joseph. In his sleep, he ensured he finished his dreams, and when he woke up, he could actually remember it. Much more than that, he could interpret his dreams and other people’s dreams too!

I have a question for you.

If you could interpret dreams like Joseph did, would you ask people to pay for it? (tweet this question)

Pause for a second to really think about that.

Are you expecting people to pay for your God given natural ability?

Because that is exactly what a talent is.

Dictionary.com defines talent as “a special natural ability or aptitude”

It also means you need no prior experience, learning or practice to showcase a talent!

It was very clear that Joseph was talented at interpreting dreams.

Kind David was talented as a musician.

I became fascinated at these two characters that showed a way to make good returns in life without charging for talent!

Here’s how they did it –

They developed skills!

All Joseph’s dream interpretations were free. Even the dream he interpreted for Pharaoh was done free of charge.

If the queen of England had asked me to pitch a solution to help students learn Maths better in the UK, I guess I would have been tempted to ask for her for citizenship first.

Well, she didn’t ask me, but when the school I worked in as a Maths teacher saw what I could do  they went the extra mile to pay all my legal fees, fought for me and gave me a pay rise while I was away in another country.

Joseph was coming from prison, and will be returned back to prison as soon as he finished interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams.

A ‘right thinking’ person would have cut a deal with Pharaoh before even opening his mouth, but not Joseph. (tweet this)

He is talented, yes, but he is also very skilled!

And the skills he has developed in Potiphar’s house as an administrator came in handy when it came to being a Prime Minister in the most developed civilisation in the world at the time.

Dictionary.com defines a skill as “the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well:”

David had a different story to tell.

While he didn’t charge to play the harp for King Saul (something he was talented and also skilled in), when it came to killing Goliath, David asked an important question.

“What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and gets rid of Israel’s disgrace?

Because killing a giant isn’t a talent, it is a skill developed with practice killing a lion and a bear while protecting his father’s sheep.

Think about that for a few seconds. Was David’s life in the mouth of a Lion more valuable than a Sheep’s life? But he took those risks. In very dire circumstances he has honed his skills, and made a demand on the time, practice and risks he has taken by asking for a return for killing goliath.

Can you see the difference here?

When you spend time learning, practising and developing your skills, you should not be shy to put a price on it.

I built my first professional website 4 years ago for about $700 for a client who paid for it because he is my mentor and wanted me to be encouraged, develop the required skills and hone my negotiation and selling skills. He actually hired someone else to develop the ‘real’ site.

The fact that someone was willing to pay for something I made spurred me on and a few years later I have charged more than $7,000 for 1 single website.

I am talented, no doubt, but I make money from skills I develop.

Time and time again, it has been proven that when you hone your skills, you can make money from it. That is why we get jobs and run businesses, not on talent alone, but on skills.

Are you really talented?

Have you developed the right skills to make it work?

Talent + Skills = Expert + (huge wealth if you know how to charge for it.) (tweet this)

This is something I am still learning.

The first day I listened to one of my mentors sell an $11,000 product on phone to someone he has never seen before, which made him a $9,000 profit, I knew without developing skills, my talents will simply be a waste.

I dare say talent is cheap, skills are expensive. Stop being a potential, start being productive. (tweet this)

I hope you are inspired to put your head down, find your talent, build up skills and put a price on it.

 “The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.” – Will Smith”

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