Profitability vs. Likeability
Yes I know, "Likeability" is not really a word. However, it fits my point that I am about to explain. I have been a successful marketer for many years now in the brick and mortar world and also online. I have been able to gather groups, gain followers, gain fans, and a good amount of customers. However, I noticed that I have spent too much time giving away my knowledge for free just because I liked people and felt bad about asking for payment for my knowledge and services.
I had to understand that it isn't about being liked, it isn't about being friendly, its about being a professional and seeing myself as such. Sometimes, in the online world, direct sales, or even network marketing, it's easy to to forget that we are actually providing professional services. I had a take a step back and simplify my intentions for the information I have been sharing and what my ultimate goal was for what I am sharing. From that, I discovered that there will be content and information that I will choose to share for free, because I just enjoy providing value to people's lives and careers. There will however, be additional information that I have personally research, assimilated, and analyzed that I feel I should share for profit. And guess what, that's okay.
I hope this personal realization helps someone else reading it. Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you all!