Follow Your Passion and You Will Never Work a Day in Your Life
John Engle |
Are you doing what you love?
Are you passionate about what you currently do to earn a living?
You may have heard it before… do what you love and the money will follow.
When a person is enjoying what they do, it does not feel like the dreaded 9 to 5, it does not feel like work.
Now, just to be clear, when I am saying “do what you love and the money will follow,” I’m not referring to traveling all over the world with the expectation of your trek to somehow pay for your good time.
You can decide to be a journalist or maybe an airlines pilot and be close.
Follow Your Passion – Don’t Settle… Do What You Love!
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius
I don’t believe it has been said any better than this, prior to his death in 479 BC!
Monday’s are usually the days that people dread after spending the weekend doing something that they enjoy. If you are passionate about what you are currently doing, then you will wake up in the morning looking forward to your day, even if it is a Monday.
It does make sense that if we love what we do, we will do it better, longer and with greater passion. There are entire books dedicated to this topic about following your passion, and yet there are so many people still sitting on the sidelines waiting to discover what their true purpose in life is supposed to be.
There have been many that have been fortunate enough to stumble upon their passions early in life knowing that, what they currently do, is what they were meant for.
On the other hand, there are many people that will spend their entire life working at their dead end job just to get by, all while questioning themselves whether there is more to life, knowing that there has to be something better.
Many of you reading this are probably saying to yourself “I have to make a living,” “I have to survive and pay the bills,” “I have to provide for my family.”
All this is true… we all recognize the fundamental need to survive, but many people ignore the thought that you can do anything that you set your mind to.
There is an amazing book on this subject called The Slight Edge – it’s main premise is about turning simple everyday decisions and disciplines into massive success.
“Simple disciplines repeated over time will create success, while simple mistakes created over time will create failure.” ~ Jeff Olson – The Slight Edge
You know you can have both, right? You can make a living doing what you love and are passionate about… it’s just a matter of taking that first step.
I have seen and heard of many stories to where a person is not happy in their job, so the person takes that first, sometimes scary, step towards their passion and next thing you know it, the person is living the life of their dreams.
Whether it’s 1 or 2 years later, or whether it’s 5 years later, the person is following their dreams and passions, and leading a fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Many of us have been receiving the message for years now to get a good education so we can find a good paying job. This is great as long as the education you choose will lead you to the job you desire and are passionate about.
For many of you that don’t have the higher education and have lost touch with your core desires, you will need to take stock to find out what your true passion is.
If you have the strong desire to live financially free and make a living on your own terms, but are unsure of exactly what lights your fire, then it might be a good time for a bit of self-discovery.
Time to Discover YOUR TRUE Passion!
Are you ready to discover what you were meant to do, to find out what your true passion is?
Before we get going, let’s start by finding a place that will allow you to concentrate, a place that is peaceful and serene. I would also suggest you have a pen and pad of paper at the ready.
Now that you are in your place of comfort and serenity enabling you to concentrate, let’s begin with your talents.
Write down “Talents I’m Good At!”
Next, write down everything that you feel you are inherently good at. Don’t limit this to your play time, think of everything to include work, and at home.
These can be things that come naturally to you, things that you don’t have to work too hard to accomplish, things that others have told you that you are good at.
Next, add to your list any skills that you have developed either for work or for your personal life.
Last, but not least, write down anything that you are interested in learning about or may want to pursue.
When you were a child, did you dream about being a policeman, or a firefighter? If you can recall what you thought about, write down what you wanted to be when you grew up.
Now… with your list of each item that you wrote down that you are good at, inherently talented in, or skilled at, ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers:
- DOING THIS – gets me excited so much that I can talk about it all day long?
- DOING THIS – makes me excited to get up in the morning?
- DOING THIS – I would be willing to do it for FREE?
- DOING THIS – can make me lose all sense of time?
- DOING THIS – gives me extra energy?
- DOING THIS – makes me smile?
Answer them in this manner, replacing the word “DOING THIS”…
Question #1 – “Watching the progression of my friend losing weight gets me excited so much that I can talk about it all day long.”
Question #2 – “Working at the hospital makes me excited to get up in the morning.”
Question #3 – “Designing websites is so much fun I would be willing to do it for FREE.”
Question #4 – “Working with animals can make me lose all sense of time.”
You get the idea for the remainder of questions… hopefully your subject will be the same in front of each question.
Spend a good amount of time reflecting on your list and these questions. You can even meditate about it.
Once you have discovered what really puts a smile on your face and makes you lose all track of time, the next step will be to brainstorm for ways that you can move towards your desire, passion and purpose.
Follow Your Passion to the Future
In this next step, imagine your future 5 to 10 years from now. Write down on your pad of paper, in as much detail as possible, what this future looks like using the following questions.
- What does your typical day look like?
- Where do you live and what does your house look like?
- Who are you keeping company with, who are your friends?
- How much money do you have in the bank?
- How much are you giving back to the community? (could be your time or your money)
Hopefully you can see your vision clearly.
Once you have this information documented, re-read your note; does it feel right to you?
If it does feel like this is your destiny, then you have the vision of what is in store for you.
Now it’s time to begin planning your path to the life you desire, to make a living following your passion and never again working a day in your life. It is definitely not too late to pursue your dream, even if it means going back to college at the age of 50.
Related Article:Your Ultimate Source Of Motivation – Start with Your ‘Why’ – Is Your Why Big Enough?
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Category: MindSet, Personal Development
As great as the quote from Confucius is, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few.
That’s right folks – I am going philosophical on you today. As great as the quote from Confucius is, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few.
I get asked to help people with their job searches, however some people haven’t got a clue what the next job should be, where they are heading and what the longer term plan is. They are currently doing one thing and would consider doing ten different others. This makes it near impossible for me or the person themselves to actually get anywhere with the job search, let alone accepting a job offer down the line when the doubts start kicking in:
Confucius, the über wise man himself, put the truth down in a nice quote that sounds easy enough. The question is, how do you actually go about finding out what you would love to do? Not even a career coach can tell you exactly what you should do; it has to come from you. I don’t claim to be an expert on people’s dream careers but there are three simple questions you can ask yourself today and the answers can give you some guidance. Take a few minutes out of your day to think this over and you will have better clarity as a result.
Here we go:
- What is the passion in your life?
- What would you pay to do?
- How would you fill your days if you were a millionaire?
The answers to these three questions are hopefully somewhat similar and will give you a good indication of what your true calling is. Whatever it may be, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that it is your childhood dream or what you set out to do before you stumbled upon an different path. Your dream will latently follow you for the rest of your life, your choice is whether to pursue it now or run the risk of having serious regrets later on.
Let’s say we press on. At this point it may seem like the dream activity is impossible to fill your days with unless you are idle rich. Assuming you don’t have that kind of money, your best bet will be to map out what others have done. By modeling others’ path to your dream job, you will have the roadmap ready. Ask yourself the three follow up questions:
- Does anybody get paid doing this?
- How could you get paid doing this?
- What is stopping you?
The answer to the final question is usually an amalgamation of excuses such as limiting beliefs, fear of failure, complacency and the all too cozy comfort zone. These objections can all be overcome with clear goals, hard work and belief in yourself.
Let’s take some action
When you have identified exactly what you want to do, the next step is to research the dream job. What companies or organizations do you target, where are the jobs located, do you need any qualifications, who can you contact that is already doing this? Speak to friends and family, professional contacts, scour Linkedin and the rest of the web for clues. The more research you do, the more fired up you will get.
Set some clear objectives and timescales and make sure you take an action every day to edge toward your goal. Get a big wall calendar to fill out your through goals and achievements. This change could be a long process but as long as you are willing to focus on where you are heading, you will get there.
Please note that while all great jobs out there are up for grabs, you have to do a reality check and make sure you are not delusional when pursuing your dream. There will be physical and other limitations that are out of your control. There could of course be very valid obstacles such as family situation or your finances; as a rule however, there is always a solution that can be worked out over time.
In my mind, as soon as you have identified the job you love you should go for it non-stop. Actually taking the decision to pursue your dream can sometimes be harder than achieving it. I say there are only two things you need to get any job; belief in yourself and desire. The rest will somehow take care of itself.
Are you doing the job you love? Why or why not?
You might want to check out How a Career Coach Can Help Your Job Search.
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