Michelle Obama can make you very rich if only you would apply the same principle that she applied. She has been screaming one killer money strategy at you since forever. Ever wondered about the first African-American first lady of the United States? Her story is an inspiring one.
Born in January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, she is an American lawyer who is also marked as the First Lady of the United States in 2009-2017. Although from a humble background, she learnt the importance of education and by age four, both Michelle and her brother Craig had learnt to read.
Gifted Michelle took and completed accelerated biology courses and also learnt to speak French by sixth grade. She attended Princeton University and graduated Cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology then proceeded to study law at Harvard Law School. In the early years of her career, she worked at Sidley Austin’s law firm where she met the love of her life, Barack Obama whom she later married in the year 1992.
As a first lady, she was an inspiring model for women and advocated for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating.
She is a fashion icon and has an admirable love relationship with her husband. With this you might want to say Michelle had a perfect life. However, this is untrue. Growing up, life was not a bed of roses for Michelle.
Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis which had a weighty emotional consequence on her while growing up. She was also a victim of gender discrimination and often feared people’s negative perception of her. She however discarded every form of negativity around her and used it as a growth fuel. In 2018, she published her book Becoming.
Michelle Obama has been a source of inspiration with her known intelligence and activeness.
With her book “Becoming”, she told her story and one can indirectly say she sold her story. Becoming is a book subdivided into three parts; becoming me, becoming us, becoming more.
Michelle describes her book as an expression of deep personal experience which talks about her background, how she found her voice, her advocacies, life in the white house and her role as a mother and wife. Michelle wrapped her story in a sheet of words and sold it to her readers.
What are you doing with your own story?
That one money strategy she has utilized and maximized is the ability to tell one’s story. Every experience that you have had and heard in life should teach you something and to be able to tell your story in a compelling way may change your life and the lives of those who read or listen.
This strategy is not customized for Michelle alone but for as many as are willing to bite into its skin. Your life is a story worth a million dollars!
Your failures, success, wars, battles, victories, laughter, tears…can inspire and motivate.
Motivation, by the way, is a business that sells now. With the increasing rate of hopelessness and depression worldwide, people no longer look only to their religion for hope but also seek stories of those who have fought wars and have won them.
So, can you sell your victories to become more victorious?
Can you make a million telling the world about your resounding laughter despite the bitter tears you have shed hitherto?
Yes, you can!
At this point, you must be thinking “well, it will only work for those who have stories, I don’t have a story to tell”. Lie! A big fat one!
Everyone has a story; maybe you mean to say an incomplete one, but the truth is that you have a story to tell. Your life is a book, every day make up the pages, and every season, new chapters.
While you wait out to have a complete story, you should also realize that even your smallest victory is a story that can inspire someone out there. And every attempt to grow and achieve something bigger or rise above a certain level is an added story to tell, something more to catapult you your worth from a few thousand to some millions.
How then can I tell my stories?
You are probably thinking; “I don’t want to be a book writer, I don’t like to write, writing is not my thing”. Am I right? Let me say these and you should listen or in this case read well. To tell your story is not limited to writing a book.
You do not have to write a book to sell your story. There are several other ways and all you have to do is identify them.
Have you thought of public speaking or the fashion industry and photography also? These mediums are arts that can act as your storyteller.
Have you wondered about some singers and their singing styles? Bob Marley for instance; an advocate for Pan-Africanism whose songs had a high sense of spirituality accompanied by his music style of reggae. He was an advocate for peace, hope and unity in a strife-ridden world.
Music was the key instrument with which Bob Marley used to make the masses aware of the injustices in the world. I could go on and on about how music was a medium of expression to the late musician but that would be switching focus, right?
The point is this; you can tell your stories in several ways that are profitable.
Make a habit of recording and journaling your experiences. Your everyday story might not be a hit but it sure is a gallery of many pictures that will later make up one sweet, inspiring and money spitting image.
You might be young without a complete story yet but you should know that you can tell your story in several profitable ways.
Don’t fail where most people fail – they fail to start, they fail to try and they fail to continue.