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Last week I got paid to speak*… to a group of professionals about a topic I’ve known for the last 10 years. It hardly felt like work – so it got me thinking.

In case you didn’t know:

  • Justin Bieber got a haircut and sold his hair for $40,000 on eBay, all the proceeds went to charity.
  • The Kardashians made 65 million in 2010. In addition to their work on the small screen, Kim and her sisters have further helped build their family’s fortune by endorsing a bevy of products; including diet pills, tanning lotions, clothing lines, and three reality spinoffs.
  • Julia Allison appeared on the cover of Wired and hangs out with millionaires (I am sure you don’t know who she is).

They’re “famous”, in the “scene” and cashing in for things that are not even related to talent. The moral of the story is that I’ve paid to get a haircut not the other day around, my family is dysfunctional too and we don’t have endorsement contracts and last friday I stayed at home and did not hang out with Richard Branson. I should keep my eyes open at all times for new monetizing opportunities of things that I’m already doing.

*I accept when I’m really passionate about a topic I spit (I’ve noticed people and I’m sorry)