“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
Is it possible to have your passion also be your core source of income? We seem to hear more and more stories of people reaching the promised land. But, is it really possible for the everyday person? Why is it that the people who succeed once, seem to have similar successes on future endeavours?
Success begets Success
What are the things that consistently allow certain people to build a business and living around the things they love most? Why is it that most people continue to drag themselves, day in and day out, to a job they cannot stand?
Why can some people move seamlessly from one creative endeavor and passion project to the next, while many others can’t take the first step to finding their passion, let alone building a career around it?
Passionate people simply know what’s actually possible. They are crystal clear about the steps that work, so they don’t think twice in applying them to whatever the excitement of the day is. The rest of the world doesn’t know the first move to distinguish up from down.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You are an Expert
One of the most common barriers keeping people from making money from their passion is the belief that you don’t know something well enough to get paid to teach it to someone else.
You know more than you think. Being an expert is purely relative and based largely on perception.
The crazy thing is once you find something you are passionate about, you’ll likely realize it’s something you’ve been learning and improving upon for years and maybe even decades. You have more experience with your passion than likely 99% of those around you, simply because you love doing it.
Impossible is Nothing
For decades, breaking the four-minute mile was believed to be scientifically impossible. Right up until Roger Banister did it in 1954. Then you know what happened? 16 more people ran sub four-minutes in the three years to follow.
We’ve been largely conditioned that it’s not possible to build a career around passion. So many people hate their jobs and many of us have decided to accept that as a fact of life. I do too. One of the greatest benefits from starting the Thornhill Wealth Forum nearly 5 years ago, was that I surrounded myself with people who believed in themselves and were making a living from their passion. People like Gordon So, Matt Scherb, Ted Nye, Thomas Wong, Paola Breda, Laura Vandette, Mark Rzadkowski, Courtney Carroll, Colin Smith, Bruce Ramsey, Jose Jafferjee and many others. I have learned that the impossible is nothing.
The great majority of people who have not been able to monetize a passion does not come down to lack of skill. It does not come down to lack of credentials. It does not come from lack of experience.
It comes from lack of creativity and courage.
Combine those two with something that makes you come alive, and the world will be beating your door down to give you their money.