Why you're too Scared to make a Living from your Passion

make a living from your passion

The System has a strangle hold over our lives in two vital areas - personal and professional. 

Last month, I explored how it constrains you personally; influencing you to be anxious about the future, keeping you distracted through information overload, making you afraid to act for fear of what other people may think or say and encouraging you to spend your life chasing instead of living in the moment.  

This month, we explore its impact over your professional life. 

Before we begin, it's important to be aware of the extent of the problem. A 2013 Gallup Poll revealed that a shocking 70% of the American workforce were either disengaged or hated their jobs. That's a hell of a lot of people, spending a hell of a lot of time, being somewhere they don't want to be and doing things they don't want to do. 

This is how The System constrains your life. You need money to survive and most of the options for making it are not enjoyable. As a result, it's likely that you'll spend the majority of your adult life in a state of boredom, frustration or stress. That is what I call a stranglehold. You are not free to do the things you want or grow and express yourself in a way that would realise your potential. Instead, you have a cloud hanging over you because, come 9 am on a Monday morning, you are obliged to surrender your time for money.  

Making a Living from your Passion

What I've just described to you is not 'The Truth'. It's just the way the majority of people get tricked into living their lives. However, you don't have to be one of them. There are options for escaping the constraints The System has over our professional lives and we'll explore them now. 

When planning your escape, it's important to keep your main objective in mind. You want to earn a living (or create a fortune) doing something that stimulates and makes you come alive. This way, not only do you get to make money, but more importantly, you get to express your creativity, have fun and possibly fulfill your life's purpose.

How can you do this?

The first step is figuring out what you are passionate about. The step before that is understanding what a 'passion' actually is. 

In its simplest form, ask yourself this question, 'What is a passion?'

The answer?

It's a feeling.

It's just a feeling you get about something, or someone, when you are really into it, or them. Therefore, how do you identify your passions?

YOU USE YOUR FEELINGS!

It's that simple. What excites you? What do you find really interesting? What gives you sense of reward?

Use your feelings to identify the interests, hobbies, jobs or causes that fire off the greatest positive emotional response. 

The next step is to put these passions to the test. Try to gain as authentic a feel as possible for what it would be like to work at your passion day in, day out (and the likelihood of being able to make money doing it). This might mean working as an intern or gleaning information from friends, or internet forums, who have direct experience in the passion you want to pursue. It might also mean working for free or researching what the job involves or how you can monetize a passion when there's no obvious pre-existing role (click here to discover how a man was able to make a living taking pictures of waves!). 

Before we go further, though, there's something I absolutely MUST mention when it comes to making a living from your passion. I rarely meet people who have no interests or passions. However, I frequently meet people who don't have the courage to pursue them.

The reason for this?

The System's conditioning. We've been conditioned into placing considerations of finance above all else when it comes to making major life decisions. The fear of not having enough money, losing it or, conversely, the importance of having lots of money, has been drilled into us from an early age by parents, teachers, friends, colleagues, bosses and the media. As a result, we think mainly in financial terms when making important career, and even romantic, decisions.

You must ignore this conditioning and, instead, make your major life decisions based on what inspires you the most. For example, if you're choosing courses for University and are having to decide between the really interesting one that has no obvious applicability, and the really boring one that leads to a well-paid job, then choose the course you're interested in. You never know where an inspired mind, full of knowledge and an enthusiasm for working hard, will take you.

Take Star Wars director George Lucas for example. An intelligent man, with impressive High-school grades, he decided to major in film studies at University. At the time, late 60's/early 70's, no one studying this course ended up working in the film industry. Instead, Lucas described it as a first class ticket to working as a guide in Disney Land.
Then, once he'd graduated, he eschewed moving to Hollywood and instead, headed back to San Francisco to make movies. His friends thought he was crazy. All of the jobs in the film industry were based in Hollywood but Lucas didn't cave in to conditioned thinking.
Another example of this could be seen with his Dad, who owned a successful office supplies business and wanted George to work with him. Fresh out of Uni, this would have provided him a decent income and a stable future. However, unlike most people, Lucas wasn't making his decision based purely on considerations of finance and instead, stuck with his dream of making movies.

Ironically, George Lucas ended up being, financially speaking, the most successful film director of all time. He did this, at least in his early years, by basing all of his major decisions on what inspired him. 

The X Factor for Success

Now that you've identified your passions, you need to know how you're going to make a living from them. The answer to this problem comes in two parts. The first, focuses on the mind-set you need to adopt and the second focuses on the practical steps you need to take. 

Being successful at making money from your passion and to a larger extent, anything, requires important outcomes to go your way. People must buy from you, or pay you, you might have to win competitions and you must get a significant amount of 'yes's' in and amongst the inevitable rejections and failures you'll experience. How do you ensure this happens? 

In answering that question, we have to take a deeper look at the factors determining your success.

The System teaches us that the number one factor in determining whether we'll be successful or not, is luck. We are led to believe that random events, and the talent and skills we are born with, determine whether we get to do what we want with our lives or have to accept The System's path.

I don't believe this. I believe the individual plays the greatest role in determining their success.

So if it's down to you, what determines whether you can get the most out of your limitless potential?

The belief you have in yourself, your skills, product or idea.

The placebo effect, testaments of countless sports stars and the mind body connection, all stand as evidence to the importance of belief. There is a connection between your thoughts and feelings and the environment you inhabit. What you believe about yourself and the chances for you being successful at making a living from your passion will set the boundaries for your experience. Be completely convinced by the idea that you can earn a living (or create a fortune) by selling a product, service or skill you love doing and you will convince other people, access your vast well of creativity and find answers to seemingly unanswerable problems.    

With belief being such an important factor in determining your success, the focus now turns to how you will develop it.

Research indicates (see Distortion 4 on the link) that the traditional self-help method of repeating affirmations might not be the most effective approach. Instead, I want to introduce you to a new and faster two part method for creating beliefs that sink deep into your subconscious mind.  

1. Build a bank of results.

Take a journal and record every single positive result you achieve on your quest to earn a living from your passion. For me, this meant recording every copy sold of my book, every positive comment I received about my work and every 5* review posted on Amazon. I'd note it all down and also describe how it made me feel.

The outcome of partaking in this practice (and looking back over my results) was that my mind had clear proof that I was what I hoped I would be (a successful writer). This ensured I achieved a level of acceptance in my mind, making me certain of my writing and that there was an audience for my work. 

2. Surround yourself with people who believe in you.

Find people you respect and have them vocalise their belief in you. Now I don't mean get your mommy to tell you're the greatest singer to ever pick up a microphone or the greatest cook to ever bake a cake. The praise you receive has to be authentic.

This is why it's so beneficial having a mentor. When you have someone you respect tell you that you're good at the thing you want to be great at, it bypasses that critical voice in your head that so often refuses to listen to your own opinion. 

Before you Go  . . . 

I hope you've enjoyed this month's blog post. It's always difficult, with a 1500 word limit, to go into as much detail as I would like when covering a subject. There's more to tell, especially on the area of how to find a passion and the different factors you need to take into consideration.
If you'd like to learn more about how to do this then you might be interested in my upcoming book 'How to Create an Income without Working a Boring Job' (due for release in early 2017). Just follow the link to this specially created page, enter your email and you'll receive news on when the book is ready and 'members only' discounts upon its' launched.

Finally, as I mentioned in the article, there's more to learn about escaping The System's influence over your professional life. If you want to be updated with the next article, focusing on the practical steps of how to be successful at making a living from your passion and overcoming the inevitable adversity that will line your path, then click on the updates tab below, enter your email, and I'll be sending you the follow up article in roughly a month's time. 

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