When we pursue doing what we’re passionate about what does that mean? John Dir says in his article How to Find Your Passion, “Passion is a pure form of motivation or compulsion that provides an energizing constant which is independent of environmental demands. It is an irresistible drive to focus one’s attention and energy to accomplishing something of personal worth, which cannot be daunted by a sense of failure to accomplish the goal.” Did you ever wake up one morning way before the alarm went off just because you were going to do something you just couldn’t wait to do? What was it? You deserve to do what you love! In fact it’s exactly what you’re supposed to be doing.
Oh, you knew that already? So how do you figure it out?
Let’s start with the obvious:
1. What would you do if you were independently wealthy
and no longer had to do anything to earn money?
2. What do you enjoy doing so much that you would do it
everyday for free?
These questions are not easy for some people to answer. Many people consider these questions frivolous. After all, I’m not independently wealthy and I can’t afford to work for free.
Well, back up. I didn’t ask if you were wealthy I asked what you would do if you were. Please… allow yourself the opportunity to dream. This is a key. I know you know how to daydream you do it everyday.
You see if you get stuck on how to make money with your passion you’re not going to allow yourself to figure it out. Go back to question #2. What are you doing now for free that you love to do? Listen to your heart, not what you think others expect of you.
Plan the time in your life to do more of what you enjoy doing. Put it on your day planner if you have to. If you love to travel, plan it. Go online and study the places you want to go. Read about the hotels and the sights. Envision yourself doing those things. Plan day trips around where you live go find the unusual things in your neighborhood. Get guide books on your state and become an expert at finding the places that interest you. Practice traveling in your back yard. Take a picnic if you can’t afford to stop and eat. Do It!
I spend at least an hour each day studying Philosophy and Personal Development. I can’t get enough information it consumes my free time but it’s what I look forward to everyday it’s what I’m excited about each morning. What am I going to learn today that I can share with others?
Now let’s get to the money part. You may never earn a penny from your passion but what does it matter if you’re doing what you love. At least in your spare time. However, if you become knowledgeable in a particular area that you love and over time you know more about it than most other people guess what? You have value in that area. How do you market that value? Write an eBook and sell it through ClickBank, build a website, write a book to get published, share what you’re learning with others when you have the opportunity, teach it at an adult learning center, write articles to submit on the internet. Information today is like gold, it has great value and there are people everywhere looking for it. And just imagine how much joy you will get out of sharing what you love with others. They will not help but see your passion. I have read that after about 4 years, people who have pursued their passion start to make close to what they made in their old unfulfilling jobs – often even more.
I offer one more quote from John Dir’s article How to Find Your Passion, “Your life’s passion may be discovered in an instant, or take many long years to uncover. You will know you have it when your heart of hearts tells you, “I don’t care what other people think. I know this is what I want to do, and I am going to get started making it happen. I don’t care how long it takes, or how difficult it will be for me to accomplish; I just know I need to see where this idea will take me.””