Cast Iron Cornbread (Photo credit: fritish)
This can't just be a coincidence. One of the speakers at the Called Woman Conference that I'll be speaking at next Saturday is Beverly Davis who calls herself the Cornbread Millionaire. She started her enterprise while she was living in a homeless shelter and has managed to prepare and promote her grandmother's special secret cornbread recipe on CNN news, Fox TV and Clark Howard to name a few. She just mailed us her ebook to share with the participants at the conference and it's a pretty incredible story. If you are someone who has said you would follow your dream if only you had the resources and time, then you need to hear the story of this woman who had literally NO resources and still managed to start her own business and follow her dream.
Then I got the weekly newsletter that I receive from Dan Miller, author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and guess what the topic is for this week? "Do You Want To Be A Millionaire?" No, I'm not kidding. There are some fascinating statistics in the newsletter which you may want to read yourself, Dan's Newsletter The one that most caught my eye was this: 74% of millionaires in the United States are self-employed and these are not necessarily people who have come up with the most creative, innovative idea ever. The most common millionaire producing businesses are dry cleaning, printing and vending. Guess what percentage of millionaires are in show business, athletics, authors, inventors or lottery winners? One percent... Yet, aren't these the professions that receive the most attention, and the ones that most kids aspire to? Sounds like Beverly Davis is definitely on the right track.
While your mission in life may or may not be to become a millionaire, I imagine we would all like to be financially secure while doing what we love most to do. As both these examples show, the best way to accomplish that is to discover your talents, your gifts, then focus your energy in that direction. This is exactly what my latest book, The Call: Perfect Dream-Imperfect Life is all about. It's my personal story of how I took my dream to be an author and developed a plan to make it happen. It's at the printer's this week and should be available by the end of next week! Here's the final cover...
What is your passion? What are you doing to follow your dream?