I know when you read that title, you thought… um no!
But let me explain.
I’ve been alive for 44 beautiful years, and I was broke for a fair amount of those years. And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It has not only made me beyond appreciative of everything I have now. But it also gives me comfort in knowing that I have what it takes to make it if tough times ever enter my life again.
Being Broke Taught Me How-To
When I was in college, I couldn’t afford to go out to eat or buy nice clothes. I stuck with the basics, you know, food, water, shelter, and lived a life of adventure. My adventures were focused on finding out how to do things myself so that I could save money.
I learned how to bake so I could sell cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. After I made my baked goods, I would go around from house to house and sell them. As I sold my baked goods, I would take orders, go home, make them up and then drop them off.
I learned how to braid hair so that I could offer my services to college students at my campus and others.
I learned how to clean so well that it looked like you were stepping into a brand new house. I then began working for a cleaning company, and all of her clients wanted me and only me because I had perfected my craft. Which then prompted me to open my own cleaning service, and it was an overnight success.
Dance was one of my minors in college, and I later took that skill and opened up a traveling dance company. I made a ton of money going to different schools and offering an after school program. Before I ended that chapter (due to my family and I relocating), I made my way to 5 different schools a few times a week. I was forced to cap at 5 schools because there was only one me and way too many students to keep up with.
I studied recipes like some study for the bar exam. I needed to enjoy all the foods I loved without paying the high prices at the upscale restaurants. I was then able to take what I learned and shower my family with high-quality meals.
So you see, being broke isn’t the end of the world, but it can be the beginning of a new one. Being broke can force you to learn how to tap into the best part of who you are. And help you discover a world worth living in.
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