3 Keys To Finding A Job You Love

Finding Passion for Your Work

If you haven’t noticed, the internet is changing our reality and the way we work. Working from home or doing what you love used to be viewed as a fairy tale. I believe in some cases people do not have a money management crisis they have an income crisis. They have settled for far too long doing work that they do not enjoy for little pay all in the name of job security. Maybe you do love what you do, but you know you are worth more financially speaking. Either way, some where along life’s journey you have lost your passion and you are just going through the motions.

I believe the internet and online social media are changing the way we work and live. Online social media has leveled the playing field for the small time entrepreneur to compete with the big companies. All you need is a real passion for what you do and a herd of people online that feel the same way you do. Once you get a nice set of eyeballs on your passion, you can let your strengths shine. It is like the Zig Ziglar saying,

“Help enough other people get what they want, and you will have everything in life that you want.”

If you want to start raising your income, and pursue work that you are truly passionate about then ask yourself these three questions:

1. What type of work really energizes me?

When it comes to work, there are specific tasks that you can do for 4-6 hours or more and never feel drained. Other tasks may drain you in 30 minutes a . The real truth is that you will have more energy toward what you are most passionate about and if applied in the right way your income will go up over time.

Another important item to consider is the passion you will need during the pre-profit period. I am not suggesting that you go tell your boss that you are quiting and then just go after your passions without a plan. That may not be the right decision for you. However, following your passion will give you the strength that you need in the pre-profit stage. Bob Lotich the Founder of ChristianPF.com is a great example. He will be the first to tell you that he spent many months pursuing his passion before it became a real reality for him. There will be hard days, but if you embrace the pre-profit period and you handle it in the right way and with the right mindset persistence does pay off. Look at Bob today, he is living a life doing what he loves. Why can’t you?

2. Does it fit my personality tendencies?

I will be the first to admit that personality testing can leave your head spinning. All of the tags, terms and acronyms that you get pegged with can be confusing. Although I believe that a personality test can reveal a lot of great info about yourself, I still believe that God has made you unique and there is no oneelse like you. He has a plan for your life and he created you for a reason. Just following a career for the money will leave you empty. There has to be more than that. In fact, I believe why most entrepreneurs fail is because the potential money they would make was the #1 priority. Let me share you a real world example. A friend of mine is a Career Coach and he had a client who was laid off by his company. He was actually the CFO and very talented in anything accounting or finance related. He enjoyed organizing details and process planning. This former CFO had a friend who was very successful at a fast food franchise. He saw the numbers and thought that he could make a good living too. He took his severance package and spent it all setting up this fast food franchise. Only two months into it, he came to my coaching friend stressed, exhausted, and burned out. He figured out that he did not have the passion to work and manage hourly employees who did not share the same values of precision, accuracy, and quality like he did. Was the fast food franchise a bad way to make a living? No, of course not. He just did not take his strengths and personalitytendencies into consideration. How you apply your passion is very important as well.

3. How can I make a specific application to my passion?

Once you have answered the first two questions, you need to answer the last question correctly in order to have a game plan. For example, just having a passion for art and music will still leave you broke. The real question is “What is a specific application?” For example I heard about one lady who had a passion for art that contacted a local real estate developer and gained a contract fordesigning art rendering for all of their new subdivision entrances. She was paid over $1,000 for each painting. Bob took his passion for personal finance and applied it to blogging or content publishing. How can you have a specific application to what you are passionate about. The author of the book “Crush It” makes a full-time income from his wine blog. He simply sits in front of a Web Cam and records his personal reviews on different types of wine. Some companies have even paid him money to strategically place their product on his table during one of his video reviews.

Conclusion

I want to leave you with a challenge. Maybe jumping in 100% right now does not make sense, but what if you just cut out your TV watching for the next few weeks in order to spend some time with what you are passionate about. Remember, if it is truly a passion then you will be energized and excited about it. A recent statistic stated that over 60% of American households operate some sort of small business. With the internet on your side, there has never been a better time.

Just a quick personal story for you. In the past I spent several years as an Executive Recruiter and Career Coach for accounting & finance professionals. About a year ago, I saw a real need for job search help for professionals who had been laid off. In my spare time, I created and 18 week online video course that coached people through the entire job search process. Everything from a resume, networking, interviewing and negotiating salaries. The results were surprising to me. I only expected to get a few local people to go through the process. I was in true disbelief when I got my first student from Australia. I had no idea that I was capable of that kind of reach. Today, I have coaching clients sign up and go through my JobSearchMastermind.com course and for me the work has already been done. Is there something you can do with the passion that you have that can create that kind of leverage?
















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  1. Great post, Jonathan! Inspiration and conviction all in one. :)

    I work as a computer programmer (SQL, C#/ASP, etc.), but it’s definitely not my passion. I have felt stuck in my job for quite some time, and I know that I’m supposed to do something entrepreneurial. However, I’m not quite sure what exactly my passion is yet. It’s somewhat frustrating, but I know that God will show me.

  2. Nice post Jonathan.

    I love to read books, and learn new things in general. I tend to want to soak information up like a sponge.

    My blog is my outlet for this. Though it’s primarily in the personal finance niche, I also like reading and sharing about business success tips, sales techniques, career advice, and other useful information.

    I’m pretty new at blogging, and have lots to learn before I can probably monetize. But I’m sticking with it and immersing myself in it.

  3. good post. I remember you from 48days.net

  4. @Tristan – Many people struggle with the same thing you are facing. They have “security” in what they do for work, but they are not necessarily energized by it. AS far as discovering your passion, here is a post I wrote a while back that could be a help to you.

    http://simplelifehabits.com/general/i-have-no-idea-what-i-am-going-to-do-the-sinking-feeling

    @Darren – What you are doing is exactly where I was about two years ago. Keep at it and things will begin to unfold for you. Since you are into blogging, go check out some videos I made for a group I started called “Blogging Your Passion” – You can find out more here: http://48days.net/group/bloggingyourpassion/

    @FinancialBondage – Thanks, I appreciate it. I actually just finished up teaching the 48 Days Seminar material at my church.

  5. Hi Jonathan – Can you share your thoughts on how one makes money on being a career coach? I think that would be an interesting profession,

    Cheers,

    Sam

  6. @Financial Samurai – There are actually many different ways that you can make money as a career coach. The 48 Days material is a great place to start and I like most of their information. About 7 years ago, I started working for a firm as an employment recruiter and so I was able to gain a lot of experience with resumes, networking, job search, interviewing. I got my start with my blog just giving away a lot of information, then I put up a “Resume Makeover” page offering to re-write resumes for people. Wrote a few thousand dollars of resume makeovers, then put together my Job Search Online Membership Site which runs on its own, and then do some career coaching as well. Honestly, it all runs through my blog. So, if you enjoy writing start there. I also went to a few forums where people were looking for career advice and would try to post every day with a link back to my blog. Linkedin was also an ideal place for me. I would post my articles in the groups and get them to click on the title to come read my blog. Those are just a few ideas for you.

  7. Joanna

    Great article! I’m currently practising as a lawyer and I’ve felt stuck for a long time. I’m beginning to think desk-bound jobs are definitely not for me. I find myself feeling stifled and frustrated – the feeling that I’m heading nowhere in this. I want to know my purpose and passion and I definitely want to get out and move on but to do what – that is the thing that I’m trying to figure out. What I know is, I enjoy worship, listening to people and helping them to ‘figure out’ themselves and enjoying a sense of accomplishment when they have that ‘lightbulb’ moment, travelling, discovering new things and people, eating! I want to know that I’ve made a difference in something and someone. The difficulty is finding something to bring together all this passion AND make money at the same time. :)

    Ditto Sam! I would love to know more about what it takes to be a career coach or a life coach for the matter (ironic eh given my sentiments above!); how do I know if I’m cut out for it? Where do I start etc?

  8. Good stuff Jonathan. How do you start charging though? Is it by the success rate, or service with best wishes of success?

  9. Go for the job that you want not for the career that your parents wants you to have. Know the job where you think you can give all your best because you love it. Remember this article that go for the work that energizes you and it must be fitted with your personality let just say that you decided to apply as a HR assistant but you know that you are not really good in communication to other people then, stop now. Go for the one that will suite yourself.

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