We all have talents and skills that are like gold. And just like gold, it’s not always obvious how to make it useful for you.
If you had a gold bar, you probably couldn’t get a McDonalds happy meal for it. Or most other things on the main street. You’d have to find a gold dealer, someone who a) sees the value of your asset, and b) has a need for it, and c) has the resources to buy it off you.
These are hard economic times, and a lot of the old rules don’t seem to work anymore. But don’t ever think that your talents and skills are no longer valued – you just need to discover who the “gold” dealers are for your particular talent. Don’t get disheartened if you can’t straight away trade your gold in for a burger. Observe, learn and adapt to the new buyer.