I once had a client who couldn’t spell for beans.
At the time I was an assistant interior desiger, and this client was building a million-dollar custom home. He hired us to help him pick faucets for his bathrooms.
My co-worker and I used to laugh and shake our heads whenever his emails came over riddled with errors. We were always baffled that someone who had such poor written communication skills could be so successful in business, as he was.
But contrary to our grammatical ideals, you don’t need to be a good speller to make a lot of money.
On a similar note, you don’t have to be a critically acclaimed writer to make money selling books.
Just look at Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series (who happens to be married to my cousin*). Other authors have insinuated she’s not the greatest writer.** But there are millions of females across the world who could give a flying – Edward Cullen.
Sometimes, you don’t even have to know what you’re doing to make money.
Have you seen the documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop? It’s about a hobbyist with a video camera who managed to befriend some of the biggest names in street art, including Banksy. In the end he puts on an art show (though he’s not an artist) and makes millions of dollars from it.
Though there’s speculation this movie may have been a hoax, the message is clear regardless: you don’t have to be a great artist to make money selling art.
You can go to Craigslist and Fiverr and find all sorts of people selling their services for things they may not be experts at doing. But that’s not stopping them.
It’s easy to listen to those voices inside our heads telling us we’re not good enough. Telling us we can’t do it, because we aren’t masters. But non-masters do great things every day…and get paid for it.
The key is knowing you don’t have to be perfect to make money.
What do you need?
Something that people want to buy, for one. And some skill in selling it.
Drive, focus, passion, charisma, confidence – those all help too.
If your ambition is to be the best fill-in-the-blank around, I’m all for that. Just know, you don’t have to be the best at it to sell it.
(photo by Abby Lane)
*Meyers is married to my dad’s first cousin’s son, whom I don’t recall ever meeting in my life (maybe we made an appearance at the same family get-together when we were five). Either way, her husband’s grandma is my great aunt, so I’m counting it.
**I have not read the Twilight books, so I can’t comment to that. And even if I did, I don’t think I would comment, since Stephenie and I are family and all. ;)