Doing What You Love
I’m fascinated by the number of people who are stuck doing something they hate. There is absolutely no reason in 2020 to be doing what you hate. Sometimes people say it’s their circumstance. I get that, I’ve been there, but I still truly believe that’s an excuse. If there’s at least one person who is in your situation or worse and is doing what they love, then that eliminates all excuses you have.
You can monetize anything. The ability to create content has made it possible for anything to become a full-time job. For example, if you’re into painting, you can post all your art on Instagram and even sell it with the same platform.
Alternatively, you can use video, written word, and audio to post content around the topics that you love. This will, in turn, generate an audience that will, in turn, generate revenue. If you truly love what you’re doing, there is no doubt people will want to support you.
Find Your Passion
“Find your passion and when you do your life will be amazing”. You’ve probably heard this a million times.
What finding your passion does is that it creates a gravity. The gravity of personal boundaries. When you have a passion, you create boundaries of what you will and will not allow into your life. This is from both other people and your behaviours.
Personally, this may have been the most difficult thing for me. It comes down to having enough experiences. If you still haven’t found your passion, I think you just haven’t tasted enough stuff.
What you think is your passion might not be your passion. I thought chess and rock climbing were my passions a while ago but after months of immersing myself in both, I realized they weren’t.
Simply put, the best way to find your passion is to try something, try another thing and try another thing…
When you’re doing what you want to do every day, you’ve won.
Start immediately, start now, start yesterday, start as soon as you can. You have these grand visions of what life would look like if you just started. This grand vision of perfection is interfering with your progress. Forget perfection, start immediately. Start bad, do a bad job, it doesn’t matter. The goal is to build momentum so don’t worry about how you do it and get the ball rolling.
Once you start and it’s not perfect, you can begin to make changes, you can begin to make adjustments. At least you’re taking action, do not wait to start.
A while ago, I knew I enjoyed making websites and mobile applications. I didn’t have a job in this field nor did I have a level of skill to land a job. What I did was I just started making websites and apps for friends, professors, and referrals. I learned so much doing this that I eventually built up the skills to land a job. This lead to starting my career while doing something I’m passionate about.
“Just keep doing what you love and the money will follow.”
The game is long and nothing worth having comes easy. It is really about staying the course and putting in the work. This is why it’s so important to do what you love. Once you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t matter how long it takes because you love the process. You’re willing to work on the rainy days and stay the course. 1 is better than 0, just keep putting in the work, day in and day out.
Patience is grossly underestimated. I’m very driven by the climb. There is no game over, no dollar amount that will make me want to stop. I enjoy the process purely because it’s what I want to do every day of my life. If you’re truly passionate about something, you will have to adopt a similar mindset.
Consistency is the key. One workout will yield almost no progress in your fitness journey but the collective of all your workouts will. I go into more detail about this in my Habit’s Formation article, but you are the average of your habits. If you are consistently doing what you love and are patient, you will eventually make it, it’s just a matter of time.
Don’t get me wrong, you can’t only do what you love. Sometimes you’re going to have to do things you don’t want to do. For example, if you have a personal business that you love, you’ll have to do some chores that you dislike. However, if those chores are ultimately working towards your goal, then you’ll be willing to do them.
I truly believe that anyone can do what they love. Stop making excuses and stop complaining because nobody is listening. You can start right now by doing what you love, even if it’s not making you any money. The key is to get the ball rolling and deploy patience. I promise you’ll end up happier knowing you’ve tried.