Alternatives In Victoria
How to generate income without a job
was in my thirties I used to listen to audiotapes by my favorite
Denis Waitley. I can honestly say I credit Dr. Waitley's teachings
with turning my life around at that time. On one tape was a story
called "Acres of Diamonds", about a man who searches
everywhere for wealth, in the form of diamonds, except on his
own land. After his sorry demise this is of course is where the
diamonds are eventually found.
When I need to find a new source of income, I often think of this
story. So many of us, when we think of income, think "I need
to get a job". This is a mental box we would do well to climb
out of. We all have knowledge of interest to others that they
will gladly pay us for, if we can just find the right way to present
it. Below I will cover a few ways you can earn a living in Victoria
without having to find employment.
are a great many people in Victoria who work on a contract/consulting
basis, in almost every field from computers to construction. Often,
it is the paradigm or mental model you have about yourself that
prevents you from seeing your own assets and potential. For example,
at one point I was looking for work. I thought of myself as a
computer management or technical support kind of guy at the time.
I was offered a job as a recruiter. Only later did I realize I
could have offered this service by myself (and kept all the money,
not just the commissions). It was just that I had my blinders
use a few mental tricks to get out of my boxes. One I call "The
Hat Trick". In my mind, I place the hat of another kind of
independent professional on my head: a renovation contractor,
a photographer, a merchant. Try one on and see how the world looks
through their eyes (this is a fun game with the kids too by the
way). Another trick is to see myself through others' eyes. Ask
people in a line of business other than your own, what potential
careers they think of when they look over your resume. For other
ideas, take a look at what other people are offering as services
in the classified section of the newspaper or other local publications.
These are some of the ways you might be able to see your potential
in a new light.
are many opportunities to teach in Victoria. Camosun College,
the universities, school districts, and recreation centers all
offer programs where you can offer your services. Some of them
pay quite well. If they don't currently teach what you want to
teach, make them an offer. What to teach? Again, one of the best
ways is to ask others who know you well. David
Whyte, my favourite poet, makes a living providing training
to corporations and taking people on tours of Ireland. Not bad.
don't find a school willing to pay you what you think you're worth,
you can do it without them. There are lots of places where you
can rent a space and teach whatever you want. Hotels, conference
centres and recreation centers are good places to investigate.
You don't have to spend a fortune on space and advertising; there
are creative ways to stretch a small budget.
your knowledge may not be so marketable? Check out The
Philosophy Shop, one of my favorite examples of the kind of
thinking I am talking about in this article.
If a poet
and a philosopher can do it, anyone can! What's the key? They
think they can.