They say Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.7 billion.
Yes, she has $2.7 billion in money and assets. She’s wealthy beyond what most people can even imagine. But this wealth has nothing to do with her worth.
I absolutely cannot stand when it is said that someone is worth some dollar figure. It really represents how much we put money up on a pedestal in this society.
Oprah Winfrey is certainly worthy. She is one of the kindest souls there is on earth. She has done amazing things for people. She is warm and friendly and welcoming. She helps people tell their stories.
THAT is what makes her worthy.
What about you? What makes you worthy as a freelancer. You might not think us freelancers bring things down to money in that way, but I can tell you we do. At least some of us do.
There are so many freelancers who promote their coaching services or courses based on the fact that they have reached six figures. Great! They probably deserve every single penny of that money.
But that doesn’t mean those who haven’t reached that all-magical six-figure income aren’t worthy and don’t have solid advice and coaching to provide people.
Now, I know no one would turn down six figures. I wouldn’t. I’m not there yet, though. Will I ever be? Perhaps. I’m up over $60K a year at this point. But there was one year I made less than $10K. There were a few years I was in the $20K and $30K range.
Am I worth more now than I was then? Maybe, but not because I make more money — because I have more EXPERIENCE! Because I have served more clients. Because I know more than I did back then. Because I clawed my way up from less than $10K to over $60K.
Maybe this post seems odd or like I’m rambling. I guess what I’m trying to say is that as freelancers, we are worthy for so many reasons that have nothing to do with money. We are worthy because we help people. Yes, we get paid for it, but so do doctors.
We are worthy because we provide the very best service we possibly can to our clients. We are worthy because we care. We are worthy because we go above and beyond and our clients are so happy they come back for more.
We are worthy because we are genuine in our desire to offer the best freelance services we can offer. And because we are willing to improve ourselves and our skills.
So, if you are making six figures, amazing! You deserve it. And if you are not making six figures, amazing. If you want to get there, you will. But even if you don’t, PLEASE know that you are WORTHY…
Not because of what you make, but because of how you make your clients feel.
And you are worthy of helping other freelancers, too. You can coach and teach. You can help other freelancers succeed. After all, you have more experience than at least some other freelancers. So, share it!
THAT is what freelancing is all about. That is why we do what we do — well, that and the freedom freelancing offers. We can never forget the freedom 😉
What are your thoughts on self-worth, freelancing, and money? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!