Who wouldn’t take financial advice from a former musical comedy actress?
Chellie Campbell, who has gone from hoofing it for a living to actually making money, now offers financial advice to people — people who pay for her books and seminars. But she appeared for free on KTLA earlier this month, giving her “Tips to Break Free From Financial Fear,” and this got us thinking: Who lives in more financial fear than journalists and freelance writers?
So we asked Chellie if she’d do a public service and offer our readers some hope, er, guidance.
Here’s her advice (and personal plug):
Here are the top three tips to help you become a Financially Free Freelancer:
1. Focus on Faith instead of on Fear: The average person has 60,000 thoughts a day, and 85 percent of them are negative. You’re wearing your thinking — if you want to be successful, you have to look as though you already are. Practice changing your thoughts by saying positive statements out loud: “People love to give me money!” “I am a money-making machine, and I’m making a lot of it today!” and “I am now earning a fabulous income doing what I love!” If that feels silly to you, that means that the 60,000 thoughts a day you’re comfortable with are negative!
2. Send Out Ships: You can’t wait for your ship to come in if you don’t send any out. You have to back up positive thinking with positive action. Pick a company you want to work with and pick up the phone and call them. Then do it again. And again. When someone wants to hire you, ask to be well-paid. You have to ask for the rewards or you won’t get them. In school, we got gold stars and pats on the head for doing a good job. You’ll get those in the work world too, but if you want any money, you’d better develop skills in asking for it.
3. Swim with Dolphins and avoid Shark and Tuna: People come in three types: Dolphins, Sharks, and Tuna. Dolphins are friendly fish, have fun, communicate, and can ward off shark attacks and protect other fish in the sea. Sharks are eating machines, born with big teeth the-better-to-eat-you-with-my-dear. Tuna are food for the sharks. They are the victims who never do anything about anything, they just whine and complain. Sharks don’t want to pay you — and Tuna can’t. You only make money with Dolphins.
Chellie Campbell is a former musical comedy actress, teaches Financial Stress ReductionÂ® Workshops, and has been a professional speaker for over seventeen years. The author of The Wealthy Spirit (Sourcebooks, 2002) and Zero to Zillionaire (Sourcebooks, 2006), she has been prominently quoted as a financial expert in the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, Lifetime, Essence, Womanâ€™s World and more than 15 popular books. She can be reached at Chellie@chellie.com.
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