I can’t possibly make money painting, writing, gardening, or building video games. Whatever it is that you love doing, you may think there’s no real money in it. How do you know? Have you ever really tried?
Be Smart: Whatever your passion is, that’s what you really should be doing for a living. It’s true, that if you love your work, it doesn’t feel like work. Ask yourself if you are truly good at what you love. Do you excel at it? If the answer is yes, then you should really consider finding a way to make it your job. I’m not saying to quit the office and “hope” it all works out. Obviously, you and your family need to eat and pay the bills. I am saying that you should follow your dreams but be smart about doing it.
- Keep your job but start doing it on the side; see if there is any potential
- Really consider how much money you need each month
- Could some of that cost be eliminated if you didn’t have to drive to work, pay for a sitter, buy expensive suits, etc..?
- Brainstorm. There’s always more than one way to do anything. Always! Think outside of the box
- Realize that success takes time, persistence, and a “never say die” attitude
Your Vision: Really think about your vision of your future. Keep a small notebook with you. When you have an awesome idea for a product name, or marketing idea, or a light bulb goes off in your head…write it down, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Until you have a clear vision of your goal, you can’t begin to take steps towards it. It’s like driving across the country with no map. You may be pointed in the right direction but you’re probably going to end up in the middle of nowhere without a clear path to follow. If you’re serious about doing what your love and exceling at it; know where you’re going and make plans to get there, long before you start on your journey.
Something Different: What makes you different from the other 200 people who love to do what you do? How can you tweak your ideas, talents, or product to outshine the competition? If you come up with a big, “I don’t know,” then you need to spend some time thinking about this. Working for yourself is rewarding, but it is work. It takes a “go getter” attitude. In my opinion, that desire to succeed is much stronger when you are doing something for yourself, rather than making someone else rich. If you’re the type of person that hates answering to a supervisor or being told what to do, you may do better working for yourself. You’re the boss.
Don’t Jump: Never jump before you look. If you’re a young person with no financial responsibilities, yes, you can probably pack up your car and hit the road in search of your dreams. If you have a family, start small and work your way up. Spend a few hours a day, weekends, or whatever time you have pursing your goal. As you become more well known for your product or services, the money will start to come.
I personally don’t see the point of spending your life doing something that you hate, working 12 hour days, missing your children grow, and stressing yourself out about money. Happiness is so much more important and fulfilling. There isn’t any reason you can’t have both if you do what you love, you will love what you do.
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