In following our previous post concerning Storm Chaser, Warren Faidley, we felt it prudent to continue on the same theme. However, the storms we’re speaking of chasing in this post are merely a metaphor for identifying a common problem and using your expertise to offer unique solutions that target a specific market problem.
Problems exist as a way to keep us active, engaged, and entertained while defining and shaping our respective specialties. Let’s take a look at a few examples of people who transformed their personal problems into their specialty, or more precisely, their expertise.
- The late Maya Angelou was the product of divorced parents, victim of sexually molestation and was mute for several years – Maya grew up to become a great orator, an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She is credited with publishing seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, along with a list of plays centered on empowering woman.
- Warren Faidley, at age 12 was nearly killed by a flash flood –now he is best known as an extreme weather journalist, storm and disaster survival expert, earning him the title of “America’s Top Stormchaser”.
- Jordan Belfort is a former stockbroker who pleaded guilty to securities fraud and spent 22 months in jail for his crime – he has since become an author who recently had his book ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ adapted to film under the same name. However, Jordan is, first and foremost, a motivational speaker who coaches others on how to sell, influence, and persuade, ethically and with integrity.
- Leslie Calvin Brown was born in an impoverished area within Miami, Florida in an abandoned building and given up for adoption. Les never met his biological parents. Later in his formative years, he was declared and deemed “educable mentally retarded” – Les Brown has developed himself into being one of the top motivational speakers and inspirational speakers of our time and has penned numerous books about using adversity to become your best.
In closing, problems we encounter will continue to persist, and that space between meeting the challenges thrown our way and overcoming them with increasing efficiency and skill is what creates the entry point to staking your claim as an expert.
It has been said, “For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, from him they will ask the more.”
Turn the myriad of problems you have faced into exceptional performances and explosive profits.