How to Get Paid Well to Do Work You Love

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How to Get Paid Well to Do Work You Love

  1. 1. How to Get Paid WellTo Do What You Love Cory Miller
  2. 2. Yada yadaFounded iThemes in 2008Now have over 25 employees, thousands of customersNamed 7th Fastest Growing Co. in OKCBegan it all as a freelance web designerRegularly blogging about biz at StartupSofa.comPassion is entrepreneurship
  3. 3. Keys to getting paid todo what you love
  4. 4. 1. Start with Passion.
  5. 5. Is it really 2 a.m.in the morning?! When was the last time I ate?
  6. 6. To find your passion:Try lots of different thingsSee what sticks and resonatesAsk for directionWatch for the tractor beamBe patient
  7. 7. Side Note of Career Advice:We look for and hirePASSION.
  8. 8. 2. Sharpen your Sword.
  9. 9. You need skillsaround that passion. Skills pay the bills.
  10. 10. Honing your skills:Build upon previous skillsAlways be adding moreAlways be learning and growingAlways be searchingMore skills = more money
  11. 11. A piece of paper isn’ta stop sign of learning.
  12. 12. Master the TOOLS . . . aka Software
  13. 13. Learn from theMasters of the Craft
  14. 14. Just NEVER everstop learning.
  15. 15. 3. Seek Guidance.
  16. 16. Learn from the pain& mistakes of others.
  17. 17. Finding mentorsWatch and observeMake sure they want your ultimate bestBeware of the egoFind the teachers who are learnersRespect and value their time
  18. 18. One day ...BE a mentor.
  19. 19. 4. Get Experienceby Having Experiences.
  20. 20. Look for ‘Live Fire’Experiences.
  21. 21. Get Experiences byDoing free work at firstBeing an internTaking out the trashDoing the grimy sucky work of the craftTrying a variety of situations and work opportunities
  22. 22. I’ve had over 13 jobssince I was 16. I know what I like & what I despise.
  23. 23. Learn how MONEYreally works.
  24. 24. Experiences are casestudies for the future.
  25. 25. Passion + Skills + Experiences + Guidance= OPPORTUNITY
  26. 26. Now ...Be Ever READY.
  27. 27. Surfers watch & waitfor the big wave.
  28. 28. The World Needs YOU.
  29. 29. Homework:What’s the NEXT step youare going to take TODAY?
  30. 30. This is me ... cory@ithemes.com @corymiller303

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