“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
We often times hear so many stories of people reaching the promise land through their passion. Is it possible for the everyday person? Or is it by the luck of the draw? I bet there are some of you that would love to take what you are passionate about and make a living off that drive and passion. Why is it that people who succeed not only succeed once but multiple times? Whether it is fitness, career, business, they always seem to succeed. I spent the last few years doing my own research trying to find the answer. Amazingly, it wasn’t until I was laid off from my job that I could use all the information I researched and put it together. I wanted to share 3 of the profound lessons I have learned in getting started.
- We must start with our thoughts
Often times we start to brainstorm in our minds about our passion project and they never really come to pass because we knock the idea down before we can even give it a chance. As humans, our microwave senses kick in and we want it to work immediately. It might not even take but two seconds for someone to say,” that’s crazy no one is ever going to pay you for that”. Then you feel stupid and you continue to do what you don’t want to do. If you were to give that idea some true brainstorming and a solid dose of non-critical discussion and creativity, the idea could possibly turn out to be a winner. I wrote last week about some of the most successful people in this world came up with ideas that were killed due to premature criticism. They tried several times and all of them had one thing in common. They never succeeded on the first try. We are our worst critics. We stifle our ideas before we even give them a chance to bloom. In order to have a chance you must absolutely start with your thinking process. The idea can work and will work. Go ahead start now. Take a look at what you may call a crazy idea and see if there isn’t someone out their getting paid to do it.
- You are the expert.
One of the most common barriers keeping people from making money is that you don’t believe you know something well enough to get paid to teach it to someone else. This couldn’t be far from the truth. Let me break it down for you. If you are a good photographer what would you rate yourself as on a scale of 1 to 10? Let’s say you were a 7. Now don’t you think that there are people out there that are on a scale of 1 to 6? Of course there is? Don’t you think you would know more than them if you were a 7? Yes, you sure would. Well you can teach those people and get paid for it. Now you might not be able to teach the people that are a 7-10 because they may be more advanced than you. So let them teach those people and get paid. YOU ARE THE EXPERT!!!!! Give yourself credit. Find what it is you are passionate about and find the people who desperately need your help. Combine the two and you too can become living a purposed filled life.
- Do the impossible
We have been largely conditioned to believe that you can’t make a living doing what you are passionate about. So many people hate their job and many of us have accepted that it is a just a way of life. I did too, until I started meeting people who showed me another way. The lesson I have learned and still learning is that you must surround yourself with people who are already doing it. My most recent course I created, Diamond in a Rough- 4 step guide to true happiness and a purposed filled life would not exist today of it wasn’t for the “crazy” like-minded people I spent time with. People like them are at the top of my list. Thanks to those people for building a foundation for me and encouraging me. I wouldn’t be where I am today. Once you learn the process and convince yourself that it will work. It’s just a matter of time before you are able to turn your passion into profit. Start surrounding yourself with people and don’t look back.