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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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Money: What Rich Social Workers Do To Make More

Ask any random social worker on the street what the number one complaint in social work is and they’ll say it’s the money (or, rather, the lack thereof).

This is not a new complaint and not likely one to go away in the next several years. Social work has long been associated with volunteerism and poverty and it seems that the more good we try to do, the harder it is to make a living doing it. 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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What You Need to Know to Become Rich:Do What You Need to Do (Part 1)

The following is the first in a 5-part series from guest post contributor, Rick Cummings, MSW. You can follow Rick on Twitter @socialworkfactz or email him at socialworkfactz@gmail.com. 

 

Are you familiar with the line from the following film?

“We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.” James Farmer Jr., The Great Debaters (2007).

This line coincides with the patience, discipline, and mindfulness that accompanies the mindset necessary to develop wealth – to become rich. 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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Energy, Mindset, and Starting Lucrative Business: My Interview With Rich Social Worker Melanie Yost

If you have a dream of someday owning your own business or, at the very least, earning more money by using your existing skills, then do I have the girl for you!

I recently snagged a Google+ Hangout on Air interview with one of my heroines, Melanie Yost. Melanie is not only a licensed clinical social worker, but she’s living the dream: earning money from packaging her social work skills to help more and more people – and without the traditional cap on her salary. I’d call that pretty awesome! Continue reading

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