Make Wealth Flow Towards You!

How to make money run after you (Part 16)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Personal growth | 0 comments

“How To Make A Career With What You Are Great At!”

In my previous article, I mentioned that finding out what you are great at requires “experimentation”. In this article, I will teach you how to move forward with whatever it is you are great at so that it leads to a successful career or sideline business which ultimately will lead to a more ‘aligned’, and a ‘wealthier’ you.


A Real Case Study


When my article titled: “The one thing you should learn early on in life” came out a few weeks ago, I’ve had a few people write to me telling me what they are great at. One email I got was from a former “National Chess Master” (whose name will remain confidential)


I picked him as a case study because it is pretty clear that he knows and really is great at Chess, he has already proven it and can be regarded as an “expert” in his field.


In his email, his passion for the game was pretty apparent but he mentioned also that he was already too old to pursue it as a tournament contender but that he is also a blogger writing of course about chess. He also said that he used to work for a call center and is presently unemployed. His only question to me in the email was, “should I pursue it as a career or as a hobby?” to which I said pursue it of course as a career.


So for this article, and as a case study, I would also like very much if you, dear reader, can also provide your inputs by writing to me your feedback and suggestions at  so that all of us together may learn and benefit from this case study.


It is my hope that whatever advice and action steps that I provide here will be continued on my blog and via email with me to help him and of course, the rest of the readers like him across various fields and endeavors.


First, make sure you have cash coming in.


Okay so lets begin. Before experimenting and pursuing “what you are great at” as a career, you must make sure to have cash coming in. You can do this either by getting hired as an “employee” and apply to fill positions that would regard you as a “Chess expert” OR as a “consultant” or a sideline business owner to create cash as a “Chess expert”


Do not limit yourself. There are many industry segments and many opportunities for your skill.


Going back to the topic, what you are great at is not just playing and analyzing Chess games. Chess has many, many industry segments and sub groups that you can and should start exploring now.


For example, a segment of the chess industry could be events management companies who produce and promote chess tournaments locally or even abroad for a profit. Can you see yourself as being employed or consulting with any of these companies?


Another industry segment could be software companies that are keen on producing chess gaming apps for the iPad OS or Android market. Wouldn’t they need an “expert chess player” so they can consult on more chess variation moves to place in their programs and Apps?


And yet another industry could be education and chess tutorial clubs locally or even online that would be willing to hire a Chess expert to be their head coach or perhaps a chess consultant to their more advanced players?


So my point is, there are many opportunities to go after. Pick one and try getting employed or offer them a consultancy package.


Next, Here are the steps on getting employed, or starting a sideline business as an “expert”.


Here are a few guidelines to getting employed in an industry segment.


1.) Google the phrase “Chess consultants for hire”; “Chess coaching online”; “Chess paid tutorials” etc. to get some leads and ideas on what is out there.

2.) Send your Resume for employment. Make sure to write a personalized and grammatically correct cover letter and not just an attachment.

3.) Go to and read the article titled: “the true story of how I created my first job” found under “free articles” then “career management” to give you more insight on how to close an interview and get the job.


Repeat the process using different google key words as many times as possible until you get some response.


Here are a few guidelines to getting into consultancy or

starting a sideline business.


1.) Start by offering your services to family and friends only and say that you want to try this out first with them. Limit the “Free” service for 3-5 clients / projects and see if this service is something that you would enjoy doing for a fee.

2.) Ask for honest feedback from your family / friends about your service and if they would be willing to recommend you to their friends. Get their honest inputs and improve based on that.

3.) If within the first 3-5 jobs you feel it’s not for you, go and try another variation and test the market again. Do this until you figure out what you feel totally comfortable with.

4.) Price it, and advertise it for free by word of mouth and through the Internet.

-Let your Family and Friends be your advertising machine. Word of mouth is always the best advertising there is.

-You should also start advertising yourself on Social Media Sites like Facebook, Multiply, and possibly even promote it on your own Blog to highlight your skills and who you have served.



Good luck and all the best!



Author Box:

Mark So is a fervent businessman, Investor and educator.  He is the Chairman and CEO of Businessmaker Academy—a business, finance and corporate training center.  He is the founder and Chief Forex Trainer of Forex Club Asia, A Trading club of Forex Traders across Asia. He is also the Founder and Chief Trainer of the Philippine Franchise Institute which specializes in training and growing existing Franchise businesses.  Mark, together with his loving wife also created a website dedicated to teaching people how to make money run after you. A sought after speaker for business, investing, You may email your comments and questions to: or call the office at 6874445 / 6873416 / 6874645 for a schedule of his seminars


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