Self Discovery: Make Money Being You

Citizen of the World Episode 11 is about Self Discovery: Make Money Being You.

Happy week of March 16th, I’m so happy to be recording this podcast for you today. Take time for self discovery and make money being you by building a freedom business. Explore self discovery questions to inspire your own freedom business. Each and every week, I share thought provoking discussions to help inspire action outside our comfort zones. This week, enjoy self discovery questions to make money being you and build a freedom business. We can all shine our lights, get paid to be you, and live a life of freedom. Want to say goodbye to your 9-5 job? The future of work is entrepreneurial, my friends!

Listen to Episode 11 on Spotify

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Citizen of the World Podcast

Thank yourselves for tuning in today to Citizen of the World Podcast by Kathleen Parisien. You’re really doing yourself a favour, as instead of listening to the news, you’ve chosen to listen to a podcast. A podcast has the profound ability to bring a different perspective into your life. Just by listening to this podcast every week, you are stepping outside your comfort zones.

Sharing is Caring

You choose to go beyond limitations, to think differently and to attract different energy. A podcast has the ability to really shake up someone’s life, so please share this podcast with your friends and colleagues. You never know the impact you might have on that person’s life. Especially during tough times, a new perspective is refreshing and inspiring. 

Faith Not Fear

With recent global events, there’s a lot of stress and anxiety. However, we must have faith and not fear. This life lesson is also applicable to a business. Having faith, seeing abundance instead of having fear and scarcity will lead to major life changes. Instead, disconnect yourself from the news, and take time for your own self discovery. Listening to the news only creates more panic and anxiety. The news also doesn’t share the whole story, as the news’ main reason is to increase viewers. You’re not doing yourself any justice by listening to just tads and pieces of the situation, so just turn it off. Choose to spend time on self discovery and make money being you!

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Shine Your Light

Instead, take time to shine your light. What have you been hiding from the world? Is there a business idea you’ve always thought about, but never took action? Is there a book you’ve been saying you’re going to write, but are just too busy for it? Instead of worrying about the world around you, think about what action you can take today that will lead to a better tomorrow, for your individual life. Where we put our energy, it grows. Even though you haven’t yet started, or have been procrastinating, now is the time to take time for self-discovery and make money being you.

Learn Through Action

The truth is, whatever side hustle you’ve been dreaming of creating, you’ll only learn through action. The ideas and expectations we place in our minds are rarely what reality brings. So, the more you wait until the idea is perfect, or it’s the right time, it’s more time than you’re wasting really trying to figure it out. Entrepreneurs never really know what they’re doing, until they’ve spent time actually figuring it out.

Soul Enriching

It’s not easy work, but it’s soul enriching. It’s a process of being true to yourself, and focusing on what is important to you. Are you showing up, 100% for yourself? How often do you shake things up? Do you let other things become more important than your dream projects? Each decision we make impacts our tomorrow. Each day that we are not creating or putting our dream into action, is another day we’re not aligning our actions with our true purposes. We can change our life directions, by thinking differently. What is holding you back from knowing your power? I urge you to show up for yourself. Be yourself, and let your light shine.

This podcast is all about ways to make money being yourself. 

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We’ve been conditioned to think, from a young age that we have to work 9-5. 5 years ago, I started my process of self-discovery by leaving my 9-5 job and traveling the world. Through backpacking South America and living in the middle east, I discovered myself and the world around me. I became a citizen of the world; my mind and heart were open to new opportunities, and my life changed significantly. I went from seeing scarcity to feeling abundance and receiving everything I wanted. 

Freedom Business

If you’re working for someone, chances are, you have a lot of skills that you can do and get paid to be you. This way you can be your own boss, set your own schedule, make more money, and have more freedom in your life. Do you want to spend more time with your kids? Travel more? Or, just have more time for the gym, yoga, hiking, kayaking – whatever hobby you enjoy.
Let’s explore this more in-depth.

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Inspire Self Discovery and Make Money Being You

So, to work on that conditioning, start to ask yourself what skills you have that you can make money with. I’m going to ask a series of questions, and it’s up to you how honest you want to be with yourself. The purpose is to help inspire self-discovery within you, to find ways to monetize your skills and strengths.

Self Discovery Questions

  • If you’re working for a company now, how are you helping them increase revenue? 
  • What lights you up? Makes you excited to get up in the morning?
  • What did you want to be when you were 5 years old? Are you doing something similar to that? If not, how come?
  • If you could start a business tomorrow what would it be?
  • What is stopping you from starting your dream business?
  • What is your dream day like? If you could live your life any such way, how would it be?
  • What skills do you have that you can make money by providing an online offering?

Think big, don’t worry about the how just focus on what. The website, marketing, advertisement, sales, all of that is possible. Whatever your business will eventually need will be at your fingertips. The point isn’t getting stuck in the how just focus on how you’ll make money being yourself.


Everyone’s an expert if they know more about something than you do. You don’t have to wait to know everything in order to start a business, you just need to know more than the next guy. You have to do research, about who would be a potential client.

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Natural Progression

To make money being yourself, choose a business niche that is suitable to your lifestyle. To truly achieve a freedom lifestyle, do something that you truly love. Then, it won’t feel like work at all. It’s recommended to choose something that you’re already involved in. For example, if you already go to cardio fitness classes, why not become a group fitness instructor? Make money while working out, and inspiring others? Or, if you’re a staffing consultant with a large consulting firm and want more freedom in your life? Why not become a freelancer on or Fiverr. These are great platforms to sell your services to businesses all over the world that are looking for experts like you!


Platforms like Upwork and Fiverr are in increasing demand for freelancers. If you’re a recent university graduate, get paid to research, write papers, and much more. If you’re used to writing academic papers, you can definitely make the effortless transition into SEO content writing, as I did. 

Free Lancing Jobs

If you speak a few languages, why not be paid to be a translator? More and more people are quitting their 9-5 jobs, and becoming freelancers. The key to starting is identifying what you are truly good at. Start to ask your friends what they think are your biggest strengths. Sometimes, you might not even know yourself even to know what you can make money with. But, your friends and colleagues will know your biggest strengths. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and listen carefully.

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Be your Authentic Self

Freelancing can be very rewarding as you’re completely your own boss. You get to create, strategize, network, and let yourself really shine. You’re not hiding behind a corporate identity. Instead of being a sales representative, you are just yourself. How liberating does that sound? Actually showing the world your inner artist, being vulnerable, out there, but truly aligning to your purpose. By living our purposes, we make the world a better place. Your energy inspires and encourages others to also live their truths. Freelancing offers the ability to actually be your authentic self. And, in a world where humans are craving human connection, being your authentic self is the key to being a successful freelancer. 


When we take a leap of faith, the universe helps us. I remember being so scared to leave my 9-5 job and go completely into the unknown. But, I was more curious about the unknown than I was to stay stagnant. To really get paid to be you, you have to be curious. Curious about what you’re capable of, and vulnerable enough to put your heart into it. When it came to having the courage to publish my book, I was curious about where it would bring me.

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It’s about Giving

You also can’t just be motivated by money, it needs to come from a deeper place. So, while deciding how to get paid to be you, ask yourself how you can help others. When we don’t know what to do with our lives, it’s good to give to others. Through giving what we desire, we get what we desire.

Taking Time for Self Discovery

When was the last time you took time for self-discovery? My book, Citizen of the World a Guide to Adventure and Self Discovery is filled with self-discovery questions. Each chapter, ask questions to help foster a deeper understanding of yourself. For example, in Chapter 1 I ask, “Are you holding onto something that is keeping you from propelling forward?” These questions are meant to restore energy paths, to help you discover the present.

Taking time

Through being still and present to the moment, we attract wisdom. If we are holding onto something from the past, we cant move forward. Taking time to ask yourself these tough questions is a true opportunity for self-discovery and self-improvement. We can’t make money being ourselves if we are blocked within limiting perspectives. Think bigger, with citizens of the world. Open your hearts to larger possibilities to create larger opportunities. First, take time for self-discovery and make money being you.

First Step: Know Yourself

Self discovery questions, listening to podcasts, reading a book, meditating, yoga and exercise are all great ways to take time. As I said in the beginning, turn off the news, limit distractions, and give yourself time for self discovery. Only through knowing yourself, can you find tangible ways to make money being you.

Freedom Business

Speaking about freelancers earlier, the beauty here is that you can also hire freelancers, like me, to help with your freedom business. The circle of life just keeps providing. Not only can you be a freelancer, but you can help other freelancers with their business too. I myself as a freelancer hired freelancers to edit my book, design my website, and design the cover of my book. If you’ve already done something, you can be paid to help someone else. Because a lot of people are wanting a freedom business, more and more freelancers are in high demand. Take the time for Self-discovery and make money being you. You are in high demand.


Part of having a freedom business is about delegating. You can’t do everything yourself. I can do a lot of website design, but when it comes to designing a new theme, I rely on an expert. My time is more valuable doing something that I love and that brings me revenue. If something is too time-consuming for you, consider hiring someone. Again, Upwork and Fiverr are great platforms to hire talent. 

Eliminate Excuses

If your excuse for not starting a business is that you don’t know how to start a website, you don’t know how to get leads, you aren’t sure about social media marketing, or you’re afraid of sales…. The excuses can go on, but that’s all they are excuses. You can hire someone to help grow your business. Find your sweet spot, your niche – what people will pay you for, then pay others to help grow it. Having a team around the world is fun as you have so many different people collaborating on one project. Take time for self-discovery questions and make money being you!