As an Airbnb host naturally I’ve joined a FB support group filled with hosts around the world. Today one post caught my attention. It started with ” I’m not doing Airbnb for the money…”
With lowered eyebrows I immediately closed my lap top.
Seriously? Am I the only person who doesn’t let complete strangers in their home just for the good feeling it brings them?
Am I a grinch?
A Kardashian- hearted money grubber?
I do wonder sometimes. Because here’s what else I see:
People in the health and wellness space who offer their services for free or don’t charge enough to even cover the cost of the gas it took them to get their job.
Their websites often say things like ” I’m a heart centred entrepreneur ready to help you make a BIG impact on the world”
( I know this because when I was first setting up my website this is what everybody had written on their sites, and naturally I thought to ” make it” I had to say that too)
Or ” I’m a purpose driven personal trainer ready to help you leap into your greatness! My classes are a gold coin donation only.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I have a heart and a purpose too but whatever these terms are meant to mean, to me they still scream ” Please don’t accuse me of caring about money”.
So yeah, I guess what I’m saying is I do care about money. .
You heard right. I like da- money.
What’s there to like? Paying my bills and eating good food. Taking family trips and vacations, or just being able to use my dryer throughout winter.
And, I think this is the part where I’m supposed to say that I want to earn money so I can spend lots more on charity. Which technically is true, but that’s what everyone says to justify wanting money, and I’m not going to do that.
The big question is, why are we wired to feel guilty about earning a living from something we are passionate about and actually enjoy?
This issues isn’t reserved for health professionals.
Recently I listened to a podcast with Tim Gunn ( you know, the quirky host from Project Runway). I almost spat out my almond milk chai latte when he said that he recorded the first two seasons of Project runway for free! Besides the network being total jerks he says the main problem was he didn’t know how to ask for a pay cheque.
I could go on, but I’ll cut to the lesson of all of this which is: you can’t pay the bills with good vibes.
Go ahead a tweet that goodness because the message needs to be shared far and wide.
I’m all about the good vibes that I get from my work.
And if we work hard then we also deserve the money that comes along with that and we have to be ok asking for it.
I’d love to know what you think.
Maybe your’e totally grossed out by everything I’m saying. Or maybe you can relate.
Either way I’d love to hear your thoughts!