Refine What You Offer.

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. ~Andrew Carnegie

What can you do for me?

In our last post, Doug and I made a list of all the things we can offer to share our skills and talents. To recap, I offer

  • creation of an authentic life.
  • making ideas into reality.
  • freedom to be your own person.
  • security in an insecure world.
  • tools to create contentment in life.
  • the ability to take charge of your own life.
  • enjoyment.

This list pointed to me being a “creative problem solver who can help others construct their own fulfillment”.

Then next question is how to market these talents and myself to others. What am offering? What is my elevator pitch?

Step right up

What I’m offering is inspiration, hope and a plan to follow that will help you reach contentment. I’m offering direction and a plan of action to create the life you dream of.

Doug is the face of my efforts. He gets away with doing and saying things that I can’t. I believe Doug lends himself to merchandise such as shirts with slogans, inspirational books and printed material. Children’s books featuring Doug can expose those still young to the principles of being your own monkey. I think Doug has a lot to offer.

Doug isn't  a good salesman...

Doug isn’t a good salesman…

The keywords of my offerings are create, find, learn, contentment and having fun.

These are all valuable ideas which appear simple at first, but can be shared with others in ever increasing complexity.

I don’t know everything about creating contentment, but I’m figuring it out for myself.

I feel others will find this information to be of value, especially in these changing times.

And for those who just like monkeys with an attitude, I think there are some products to be developed featuring my contrarian monkey…


Review your list from the last exercise. What keywords can you use to get a better grasp on what you have to offer others?

What is the overarching theme that you’ve discovered about yourself?

If you have done so already, condense your offering down to a one sentence elevator pitch. refine it as often as you need to until you’re comfortable that it showcases you and your talents.

What products or services can you offer with your talents and your newfound elevator pitch? write them down-refine them-Play with them.

Who needs your talents?


  1. Monkeys are marketable so long as they have a good message. Doug does!

    1. Thanks! Doug has some kind of message, good or otherwise…

  2. Love it! What a great way to get clarity. Gonna go refine what I offer now….

    1. It’s worth doing. Feel free to share what you come up with…

  3. Fantastic ideas you have mentioned here! Books, t-shirts, kids books – Doug will inspire everyone. Go for it!

    1. Thanks Penny- I’m brainstorming some ideas now…

  4. Yes, it really bugs me how lazy a lot of people are. But I really think they are afraid to fail.

    1. I think fear of failure is at the heart of a lot of things people do and don’t do.

      1. Yes. I will think on that today! It may make me forgive a lot of people I am mad at!

      2. I try to believe everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they currently have… I know it’s not always true, but it doesn’t cost me anything to give this concession to others.

      3. If I should only be that way! 🙂

  5. I think some people are afraid of what is inside of them so they do things which means nothing at all.

    1. I agree… And many are so afraid to fail or be judged, they do nothing.

      1. Yes, it’s just too sad. The world needs people who have come alive.

  6. If you do write a book, it would be my honor to be the creator of its cover. I ask nothing in return, save for large amounts of legal US money. No no I insist please. It’s the least I can do.


    No but seriously we all know you’re going to write a book. Quit teasing.

    1. I may take you up on the offer after the dollar crashes. I’ll need to get all that worthless paper out of my way, cluttering up the house and all that…

      1. Hey, you could be the first book ever printed on legal US tender! It’d be so cool people wouldn’t even notice the $1750 tag.

  7. Doug Quixote! Love it! 😀

    1. Doug is a very quixotic monkey…

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