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Do You Have to Have Money to Make a Difference?

Many people enter the coaching profession wanting to make a difference and often have lots and lots of thinking and beliefs about the topic of  “money”.

In today’s guest post Bonnie Hurd Smith shares some historical examples she finds inspiring and compelling to answer the question:

Do You Have to Have Money to Make a Difference?

By Bonnie Hurd Smith

"Do You Have to Have Money to Make a Difference?" By Bonnie Hurd Smith

I was recently asked this question after a talk I gave for a group of Girl Scouts who were visiting Eastern Massachusetts, including Salem. Several years ago I created the Salem Women’s Heritage Trail, so I was asked to highlight some of the women on the trail for our smart and enthusiastic young visitors. I told them about Salem authors, publishers, teachers, philanthropists, reformers (abolitionists, suffragists), artists, founders of social service organizations… it’s a long and impressive list.

And then, Q & A.

“Do I have to have money to make a difference?” one girl asked.

I realized I had not made the point that, NO, YOU DON’T!

In fact, I replied, it’s the women who did NOT have a lot of money whose stories I find particularly compelling and inspiring. How did they achieve what they did against obstacles we can’t even imagine today? What were their strategies and tactics? What was their background? What motivated them? How did they come to believe in themselves?

Answers to these questions are what I have attempted to provide in my talks and Unitarian Universalist sermons over the years, because history is a living energy. We can draw on women’s wisdom from the ages to enlighten us today, especially when we find role models who faced some the same challenges we do-including not having a lot of money.

In Massachusetts women’s history alone I think about Phillis Wheatley, who was kidnapped from Africa as a little girl, brought to Boston where she was “sold” to the Wheatley family, and eventually became the first published African American poet.

Louisa May Alcott comes to mind as well, whose father was notoriously unable to make money. Through her pen and her imagination, Louisa became the most successful and famous woman writer of her day-and she supported her family! And she always insisted that women be paid what men are paid.

I remember Margaret Fuller, who spent about a year and a half living with friends and relatives as she could not afford her own home. She became the first woman literary editor of a national newspaper; an unparalleled reporter in the United States in Europe; the first female foreign correspondent (in Italy); and the author of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a landmark book in the history of women’s rights.

And so, you do NOT have to have a lot of money to make a difference. What you DO have to have is a rock-solid belief in your abilities, wherever that comes from; a strong support system (which means ditching the people who do not support you); and the ability to spot or create opportunities and go after them-and to keep going!

Having said all of this, you do need money. You need money to survive and thrive, and you DESERVE to have money. As one of my coaches always says, “You can’t be of service to anyone if you’re broke and homeless.”

She’s right, and since being of service is our highest calling in life we really need to think about this truism-and to be of service to ourselves first!

Money is also a lubricant. It helps you get things done, including publishing your own book or investing in your own business!

We were all raised with the lingering Puritan notion that money is bad-that money is the “root of all evil.” This is a lie, and it’s one way that people, especially women, are kept down. Instead of focusing on the LACK of what you have, focus on what you DO have. You DO have your talents and your reason for being here. With the right support system-people, faith, whatever you need-the money will come because you deserve to be rewarded for using your gifts! And you will use it to help others.

I always learn something from my audiences, and I will keep this Girl Scout’s question in mind for future talks.

I did not have the chance to find out her name, but whoever you are, thank you for the question and keep them coming!

About Bonnie Hurd Smith

Bonnie Hurd Smith has been writing and speaking about women’s history for over 20 years. She is particularly known for being able to “connect the dots,” with passion, between history and how it can inform, inspire, and assist us today. Her most recent book is “We Believe in You: 12 Stories of Courage, Action, and Faith for Women and Girls.”

Bonnie is also a lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist church. She has led numerous inspirational services on Judith Sargent Murray (18th-century Universalist), Margaret Fuller (19th-century Unitarian), and Elizabeth Peabody (19th-century Unitarian).

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3 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Rejecting Coaching Clients

In today’s guest post Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez shares on the topic of finding coaching clients or in this case:

3 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Rejecting Coaching Clients

by Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez

"3 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Rejecting Coaching Clients" by Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez

When it comes to coaching clients you are either attracting them or rejecting them. When you are in the right place of attracting clients they come to you, but when you are not in the right place of attracting clients it can seem like an uphill battle, that doesn’t produce consistent results. In other words you are constantly using up a significant amount of energy chasing clients, instead of them chasing you. The thing about having a coaching business is you need clients to succeed. Now if you are in business not to generate income that is okay, but many coaches are in business to generate income, so if that is you then this article can be beneficial.

As a coach, I have faced the struggles of attracting clients. I felt like I was doing everything right, I would spend weeks if not even months on a product launch, only to receive less than exciting results. I would spend hours writing numerous articles, specifically to attract clients, lead free tele-seminars as an attempt to secure new clients, as well as promote new programs and products through social media. But even after doing all of those things, sadly no clients were on a mad hunt for me.

Then one day it all changed. I learned 3 critical client attracting secrets that were hidden. And the things that I learned were causing me to subconsciously repel clients. I want to share these 3 things with you, if you are a coach who is doing everything you know to do, but you still are not attracting the clients you desire and deserve.

1. Not Being In Alignment With Your Assignment:

I had to really get a clear picture of my purpose, and why I was here on earth. Sure, it seemed like I has a passion to help everyone do everything, but that was not my assignment. I had to really seek divine guidance to gain the understanding, and wisdom regarding who I was called to help. Now there are many, many groups of people here on earth. But finding out your assigned group can make all of the difference. When you get in alignment with your assignment, you are powerfully connecting with a group of people, that you have been designed to provide solutions for. This means that they have a persistent problem, and you have the powerful solution. So you are solving a specific problem, for a specific group of people.

From my perspective, when it comes to having your assignment revealed to you, it is extremely important to seek divine guidance, because it might be something that you are missing when you try to figure it out on your own, or when you try to seek the advice of others. Why not go directly to the source that created you for your assignment? When you ask your source for divine guidance and wisdom, it is like having an assignment GPS, that leads you directly to your assignment destination. The last thing you want to do is realize you have spent countless years of your life, out of alignment with your assignment. That is very frustrating… trust me, I know.

2. Not Having The Right CAM (Client Attracting Mindset):

When it comes to attracting clients, how is your mindset? What are your subconscious thoughts? Are you subconsciously repelling clients, because you feel undeserving? Or because you are thinking you are not going to be able to attract the clients, you really want to work with? Or are your prices in some way speaking that you are not confident about your coaching skills, or your ability to produce results?

The way you think is extremely important when it comes to attracting clients. Whatever you think you will produce, this is a spiritual law. So that means that regardless of what you do, if your mindset isn’t on the pathway of receiving, then it is on the pathway of blocking. So you can be blocking the manifestation of your clients, because your thinking isn’t in alignment with what you want to receive.

Your CAM is extremely important to your ability to attract clients. The right mindset will produce the right results. Now this doesn’t mean you think positively about attracting clients once or twice, and you automatically see results. Now, that can possibly happen, but if it doesn’t don’t give up. Keep thinking the right thoughts until you see favorable results.

3. Not Taking Divinely Inspired Action:

Doing what you are being divinely led to do is huge. It is not just about being in alignment with your assignment, and having the right mindset, but it is also about doing something. Listen closely to what you are being led to do to attract clients. Don’t do things out of desperation or simply because you see another coach doing something.

Also, anytime you feel divinely inspired, write that information down. Don’t just let divine inspiration pass you by. You might get the inspiration in a dream, or as you are waking up, or you might get it at another unexpected time. So keep a pen or pencil and a notebook handy, so you can capture all of the divine inspiration you are given. And don’t be scared to think out of the box or to take a leap of faith. When you are being divinely inspired there is just a “knowing” and peace on the inside, that confirms you are moving in the right direction.

About Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez

Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez is the founder of The Character and Self-Esteem (CASE) Institute, where she provides life coach training and certification, to purpose driven individuals, and The Women Coaches Prosperity Institute, where she provides education and inspiration to help women coaches prosper financially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Shauntel is also  the founder of the Thought Transformation Institute, providing opportunities for certified coaches, to become a Certified Thought Transformation Coach. The education and certification is for coaches who have a passion to inspire and empower clients, to let go of thinking that is holding them back, and embrace the right way of thinking that will fuel their success.

To find out about becoming a Certified Life Coach, please visit To find out about education and inspiration for women coaches, please visit


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