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69 Empowering Questions to Improve Your Social Work Money Mindset

Questions.

They’re as old as time itself, and yet many of us allow their full potential to fall flat on its face.

For most of us questions have become mundane, mediocre and routine expressions whose best uses are to help us locate lost items (“Has anyone seen my keys?), frustrate our teams (Why can’t you work with this budget?), or worse, talk down to ourselves (Why can’t I get it right?).

But questions can be powerful forces for mindset and behavior change if we let them.

There Are No Stupid Questions, Right?

I bet that when you were in school your teacher probably told you that there were no such things as stupid questions, which may not be entirely true.

You’ve got a super-efficient brain that goes to work to try to answer any question it’s given, but that’s only beneficial if you give your brain empowering questions to contemplate.

One of my favorite coaches, Tony Robbins, likes to say, “Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer,” and considering most of us ask the same uninspiring questions day in and day out, the answers we get back may be about as empowering as training wheels on a speedboat.

Not very, if you ask me.

Flip the Script

And while many routine questions may seem harmless in their posing, when it comes to the subject of social work salaries, income, and money, the danger of asking stupid questions is more of the same low wages and undervalued service – and no social worker that I know wants more of that!

So what can social workers do to begin to  improve their thinking around money and their income in the process?  Why, ask better questions, of course!

Not only will asking empowering questions force your brain to reveal to you more empowering answers, your answers may even revel to you how you might earn more money in the process.

Yeah, you!

Not sure what questions to ask? Don’t worry; I got you covered with 69 empowering questions you can ask yourself or a colleague to help you get started. My best advice to you is to assume that there is an answer to every question and that they all apply to you (for example, N/A is not a viable response). Use this to challenge your current thinking and help expand your mindset around what it means to be wealthy and a social worker.

The more specific you are, the better your results will be, so give yourself some time to go through the entire process and feel free to add more questions for yourself.

Ready? Go! Continue reading

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Make Your Own Social Work Salary: 7 Expert Ways to Start Today

Have you ever done a Google search for social work? Well if you did you would likely see something like this:

social work google search

For a profession that spans a broad range of issues such as social justice, mental health, poverty, policy, and human rights, isn’t it strange that the second most searched for term related to social work is salary?

And why is that? Why is salary for social workers such a popular search?

PHONY MUCH?

If you were to do a similar search for allied fields like psychology, counseling or even human services salary is much further down on the search list. Could it be that all those social workers that say “We don’t do it for the money” are actually more concerned about money than they’d like to admit?

Truth be told, we (because I’m a social worker, too) have the ability to make as much money as we’d like without depending on an organization’s ascribed salary tier.

Historically we’ve been told that the work that we do as social workers – often on behalf of the most underserved in society – should be motivated by a sense of what’s right (justice) and fair (equality), not money. On the other hand, the same services that we provide cost money, as do the efforts and expertise of those of us that provide them.

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION (LITERALLY)

So how can social workers continue to do the work we love and build value for the humanitarian work that we do at the same time? The answer is this: we make our own damn salaries (expletive added for emphasis).

SHUT YO MOUTH!

Now, you would understand my belligerence towards the assumption that social work equals financial sacrifice when some of the most intelligent, influential, and well-compensated people are social workers themselves. Consider people like Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Brene’ Brown, and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  While I don’t claim to know what’s on their income tax returns, what I do know is that none of them started out “at the top.” These people have moved up the ranks in social work experience and position like many social workers around. But unlike most social workers, they’ve enlisted an additional step that puts them in demand and showcases their value, and that is because they’ve positioned themselves as experts.

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Brene Brown + TED = expert positioning gold!

In case this concept is unfamiliar to you or it’s the first time you’re hearing it, let me explain. Continue reading

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Living Richly From the Inside Out: My Interview With Karlecia Swan

I always love to hang out with social workers – so much fun and self-awareness in one place it’s intoxicating.

But I especially love when I get to hang out with old classmates who have gone on to do great things. Being with those people really helps me to put my journey into perspective because I get to see how far we’ve all come.

And on that note, I recently had the great pleasure of hanging out with one of my former classmates, Karlecia Swan. Karlecia and I would often sit near to each other in class and subsequently end up running role plays and group projects together. Hashtag What-were-we-supposed-to-be-learning-again? Continue reading

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Proof Positive That You Can Profit From Your Passion: Lessons From Social Work Publishing Pioneer, Linda Grobman

Picture it…

The year was 1996 and I was surrounded by 49 other eager beavers in the basement computer lab of my college library.

circa 1996 in the middle of my love affair with Blackberry lipstain.

me circa 1996

Everyone was engrossed in their own screen, feverishly typing away to reach their assignment deadlines in time, or scouring the internet for that crucial piece of knowledge that would make their assignment that much more complete.

(dramatic pause…) And then I saw it. Continue reading

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15 Reasons Why You May Never be a Rich Social Worker (+ Action Steps to Start)

So you’re a social worker and you want to be a rich.

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Chances are you felt called to your chosen profession from your own experiences and perspective, and more than likely you’re mostly satisfied with your work – at least you know you’re helping people, so that’s a good thing, right? Continue reading

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Journey Into Entrepreneurship & Parlaying Your Skills: My Interview With Jet Setting Jasmine

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone who had started a successful business and find out how they did it?

Well, have I got a treat for you!

A few months ago I attended the 2014 NASW National Conference. It was a star-studded event of social workers and world change makers that wasn’t to be missed. For me it was truly a magical event full of serendipitous encounters and life long connections.

Each day of the conference the breakout sessions were organized into topics such as Clinical Social Work, Ethics, Macro Practice and Finance. Of course I went to several of the Financial sessions, and was glad I did because that’s where I met Jasmine Johnson. When she stood up at one of our sessions and said that she’d started four successful businesses I just had to meet her.

A Master’s-level social worker and multi-passionate entrepreneur, Jasmine discusses:

  • how a conversation with friends turned into a successful fitness studio
  • the truth about what it takes to cut costs when you’re first starting out
  • how she uses her social work skills to create unique solutions for clients
  • the guilty pleasure that not only makes money but helps people get in touch with their sexy side

Jasmine’s businesses have been featured in the Tampa Bay Times, ZumbaExhilarate.com.au,  WBLS 107.5 FM, VividRadio SXM, and on NBC News Channel 8 to name a few, and after this interview, you’ll understand why. Jasmine is truly making waves as a social worker and is well on her way to riches and wealth.

Because we were in the middle of the Social Work Conference we conducted the interview in a busy hotel lobby, but don’t let that stop you from getting the valuable information that Jasmine had to share. And be sure to watch until the end. Jasmine has a great challenge for us all that can revolutionize your business and life  if you follow through. When you’re done, let us know the number one thing you’re going to take away from this post and share it with your friends.

See you on the rich side!

 

 

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Spiritual Entrepreneurship and Living From the Heart: My Interview With Priscilla Muñoz

When Priscilla and I met it was social work love at first sight.

Somehow in the midst of 100+ people at a Live Your Legend meetup in NYC the only two social workers in the room were able to sniff each other out. Needless to say the connection was immediate and we found out very quickly that we had a lot in common and were both on a journey to live our richest lives. Continue reading

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12 Stupid Things Social Workers Say About Money (the eecard edition)

We’ve all said dumb things from time to time.

Sometimes we say them as a joke or to provoke an audience. Other times we may find ourselves repeating learned ideas that, upon consideration, make no sense at all. Continue reading

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