I love the saying “make your passion pay you”. It represents my whole outlook on life. Its meaning is simple: find what you love to do and turn it into an income producing job or business.
What I don’t understand is how so many people can go through their entire lives doing something they don’t like or care about. It’s really sad to see so many people living without hope.
I recently received an email from a woman who hates her job as much as I do (yea, that’s a lot!), and seemed to be at a loss for what to do. After reading her email a few times, it occurred to me that this woman had already given up on living her dreams or pursuing her passions.
The thing I struggled with the most was that she views her goals as unattainable. She talks about how her dreams could never be a reality and there is no way she could venture out and try to start the business she always wanted to.
When someone has given up on their dreams, it’s heartbreaking. There is no reason to ever give up on them. I won’t go into a litany of all the people who have turned adversity into success, but there are thousands of people who have met with tragedy, injury, or heartbreak, who have overcome the odds and have gone on to achieve great success. What’s our excuse?
Excuses Are Bullshit
People are filled to the brim with excuses why they can’t do something. Just because you are struggling to pay your bills, doesn’t mean you can’t switch jobs. Just because you have children to take care of, doesn’t mean you can’t start your own business. It happens every day.
Look around you. What do you see? Do you see a world full of people living happy lives or do you see what I see, which is a world filled with people just trying to make a living and get through life without too many catastrophes?
Can you imagine how great this world would be if more people actually liked their lives?? Grinding out a shitty job or miserable marriage for years on end is not conducive to enjoying your life. Yet, we do it anyway.
I’ve often heard the saying “it’s just a job, don’t take it home with you”. While this may be fine in theory, how many of us can really turn off our emotions just like that? Our emotions influence our behaviors on an major scale and if you have negative emotions about your job, how can you flip a switch and leave it behind? I know I can’t do it.
Life shouldn’t be difficult. Of course we will all face challenges throughout our lives, but it should not be a daily struggle.
We really need to start thinking on a grander scale. Life will be over before we know it, so we need to ask ourselves a few vitally important questions:
- How do we really want to spend our lives?
- What makes us truly happy?
- What are THE most important things in our lives?
- How can we make the absolute most of our limited time on Earth?
If we can honestly answer these questions, we have the foundation to build an extraordinary life! I’m talking about a life that we LOVE.
The truth is that most of us will never answer these questions because we will never take the time to try.
Take The Time To Create A Better Life
The average person will spend 40 hours at a job they hate, 12 hours watching television, and waste another 20 hours each week, yet won’t take the time to figure out how to create a better life for them selves. Insanity I say!
Here is the best advice I can give you:
- Take the time needed to find your true passions in life
- Decide that you are going to follow your passions
- Take action on turning your passions into an everyday part of your life
- Don’t ever stop pursuing what you love.
I think this is the recipe for massive success in life. When you truly have a burning passion for something and you take action towards it, great things will happen.
I see absolutely no reason that we cannot turn our passion into a career. Getting caught up in the misbelief that we can’t do it is the problem. Let go of the notion that you can’t get what you want in life, because you can….