There’s a saying that you see all over the internet, “Do what you love and the money will follow.”
Yet most people do not believe that you can make a living from what you’re passionate about. They say just find a job that you can do that helps you pay the bills and stick to this. I can’t agree because I know you will probably need to work for 50 years of your life and I think it is soul destroying to put up with doing something that just doesn’t make you feel brilliant. And there’s no need to.
I want to assure you that it is definitely a possibility to do what you love and not only make a difference but make money from it as well. I am proof that you can do what you love and make money from it.
I spent a large period of my life working in jobs to provide a living for myself and my family. But I wasn’t fulfilled nor satisfied with the legacy I would leave or the things I was doing.
I had a strong desire to make a lasting difference in the world and love what I do. You may title it as a calling, but whatever it is I knew I wanted to help other people.
When you do something you love, you do it with all your heart and soul.
Finding your passion, your calling, that one thing you’d want to do for the rest of your life will make your life so motivating, inspiring and fulfilling.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
The greatest change happens when we follow our passions, and having a great love for the work we do is simply awesome.
If you want to make a difference in the world, the single most important thing you can do is find work that excites you, keeps you up at night, and fulfils you which you give yourself to it completely. You’ll put in extra time, more energy, more passion. Because it’s worth it. It’s satisfying. You will then change lives. You have rediscovered yourself and undoubtedly found your true purpose in life.
I found it!
But how do you find yours?
You must get to know yourself, what you like and what you dislike, before you can expect to find and do what you love to do.
Work you love comes from engaging in work that brings to the forefront your talents, strengths and life values, and serves to make the difference you truly want to make, while being both personally and financially rewarding.
Here are a few questions to consider as you for yours:
1. What do people say about you? What do people praise you about?
2. Describe three achievements that you are most proud of thus far in your lifetime. What’s similar about the way you accomplished these achievements?
3. What are you doing when you lose track of time? What are you doing when you feel most alive and fully engaged?
4. Identify the various jobs you’ve had that were not a good fit. What value was stepped on or overlooked in each job? What at those times did you dream of doing?
5. Describe a time you performed at your best. Who were you being—what were you doing when you were most satisfied with yourself?
You have a unique message to deliver and a unique song to sing, you just have to find it! So you have to identify two main things: what you like to do and how you like to do it.
But doing work you love isn’t only about doing what you can do; it’s about getting to do what you most want to do. What makes work fulfilling is when you put your natural qualities in service of what matters most to you. This requires discovering the difference you want to make—the impact you want to have.
When I set on creating my Never Give Up Book and thought about the best way to deliver this it raised my life to a whole new level. I know it brings together everything I’ve been through and all those things I’ve learnt. More I know it will change lives by helping others find their feet.
Here are a few questions to consider when thinking about the difference you want to make.
1. What is it you want to teach people? What desire do you have for creating a better way of doing something? What do you find yourself frequently talking passionately about?
2. Where do you see your potential lying?
3. What angers or saddens you about the world? What do you find yourself getting mad or sad about?
4. What’s the legacy you want to leave? What do you want most for the people who come after you?
5. Imagine for a moment that you are speaking before a large crowd. You deeply care for this particular group and passionately share your message with them. Who are the people in this crowd and what is the impact of your message to them? What is the message you are here to share?
Mine delivers the message that you must never give up, and you really can turn failure into success. I did, and I’m going to show others how! Then they will want to find out how to do what you love to do. It’s in all our destinies as long as we allow ourselves to do it.
Find your specific purpose, I guarantee once you do your life will feel so RIGHT!
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Nice Post, most people live for Friday, dread Sunday night and loath Mondays. I hate the saying TGIF – my variation of it is TGI EV (every day). When you love what you do it does not matter what day of the week it is.
I guess we’re just two of the lucky and liberated few who’d rather do what they love than join the rat race.