We’ve all heard this advice before, the idea that if you do what you want to do, what fills you with passion, you’ll be able to make a living out of it. The money will come.
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In this cynical age, people look down on people who say this, but if you look around, you can see that this is actually quite true. We’re all unique individuals, snowflakes if you will. We each have something to offer to society and if your passion is useful to society, it’s worth money!
Figuring It Out
So how does this work? Well, first you’re going to need to figure out what your passion is, without being distracted by what society finds useful. You know what’s best for you; all you need to do is unlock it from within you.
The best way to do this is through meditation and contemplation. You need to find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, assume a comfortable position and start taking deep breaths. There are many practices of meditation, but in basics, it’s about breathing. Concentrate on your breaths while trying not to think about anything else and slowly feel yourself become calmer.
Once you feel this certain calm (this may take some practice), you can start asking yourself the question about what your passion is. You’re going to have to figure this out, because if you change what your passion is every few months people will cease to take you seriously.
Ask yourself what you like about a certain job you have had or have now and try to single out the elements that made you like it. Write these down and do the same for every job you’ve had. No matter how crummy, something about every job you’ve had was okay compared to the rest of it.
Maybe working as a barrister was all around awful, but you liked the actual coffee a lot; maybe you loved the teaching aspect of education, but were repulsed by the paperwork or having to deal with teenagers all day.
Just do this systematically, it doesn’t have to be over the course of a single day, but make sure you get to all the jobs you’ve had. As you write it all down, a pattern should emerge which in turn paints a picture of what you enjoy doing. From these aspects, try to figure out what professions fit within these patterns. Some of the stuff you’ll get after a bit of research will be outlandish but that doesn’t matter. Write it all down.
Combining Leisure And Work
The next step is to write down all your hobbies and activities that you enjoy and why you enjoy them. The list should look similar to the one you wrote for the jobs and again, a pattern will emerge. Once you compare these patterns to each other, an answer should jump out at you. Before you run out and take a course in painting or get your business license at the Chamber of Commerce, sleep on this answer for a bit and meditate on it. Once you’ve decided it’s what you need to make your life complete, go for it.
You’ll find quickly that the hard part is behind you, as once you know what your passion is everything will go as if by magic. By sending out positive energy, you are opening yourself to the universe and the universe will open itself in turn.
This often shows itself by people being open to your ideas and helping you out at every turn to achieve what you want. The trick to success is to know what you want and then your passion will shine through and persuade people that helping you is the best possible thing they can do. All you need is that spark and the world is your oyster.