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.
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?