Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Earn A Living Doing What You Love! By Melody Schafer

Do you want to make a living doing what you LOVE to do? Are you a person who is TOTALLY PASSIONATE about something and all they can think about is that ONE thing…or maybe it is more than ONE thing? Are you an artist, photographer, musician, dancer, writer, dog or animal lover, model, actor, or want to be something else that normally would not be considered a “normal” career because it does not “normally” make a reliable wage or are told there are too few “jobs”?

Maybe you have been told you should be a nurse, accountant, lawyer, engineer, or whatever else that you have no interest in, because they say there are good benefits, plenty of jobs, offer a decent wage, you’ll be “respected”, etc… I am not putting down these jobs or any other. IF that is what you want to do, then go for it! I’m talking to those of you who DON’T want to do what your friends or family THINK you should do. You want to do what you LOVE….and I mean the “NO MATTER WHAT” kind of love.

Don’t let ANYONE tell you that you CAN'T do what you want in this life….as long as it is legal of course. Life is TOOOOO short! This article speaks ONLY to those who are willing to work hard at what they love. It may take ALL your time…day and night…but you wouldn’t care because it is not work to you and you find great joy and satisfaction. If you find yourself always pursuing knowledge to better yourself in the area of your choice, then you are on the right track.

One can’t say they want to be a writer then NEVER write anything. Or if they do they write, they do it once in a while, or they say “I can’t think of anything to write” and do nothing about it. If you are not willing to go all in then maybe this passion should be a hobby and not your career. In this case, your family and friends might be right and you are better off getting a “normal” job if you are not the type of person who can stay self-motivated daily for years on end. The career of your choice should always be on your mind…not because you have to “make” yourself think about it but you naturally just “DO”.

So you ask yourself, “How am I going to get a “job” to pay those bills?” Maybe getting a “job” isn’t the answer. Maybe having your own business IS the answer. If you are a writer, maybe you can start a blog, write articles for the local paper and write content for websites. Maybe you can get a “job” teaching ESL (English as a second language) in different countries and blog or write a book about it while you are making a little money and opening your mind to new cultures around the world. You don't even need to be able to speak a foreign language. Join the Peace Corp or volunteer in Peru. Experience and travel can be one of your best teachers. 

I already hear some excuses NOT to follow your passion.  IF I have to convince you to follow your passion as a career, maybe it is best you do it as a hobby, as I mentioned earlier.

Some excuses I will hear are:

·     ***  “I can’t afford to quit my “job””. You can start your business while you are working, but you must use every waking hour if you want to turn your passion into your career.

·      *** “I don’t have time”. Then DON’T do it as a career. IF you TRULY want something, you will FIND the time. You will do whatever it takes.

·      *** “I have too many bills”. Become a minimalist and sell EVERYTHING you have except for what you need in your chosen path such as your laptop and dance shoes maybe? The Less you have, the MORE free you are to do what you want.

·      *** “I can’t do what I love because I have obligations such as…
1.     Kids – Keep them involved. Make it a family affair. Homeschool your kids and be with them. Teach them what you know. Learn more about homeschooling at my blog Homeschool With Family
2.     “What if I fail?” You really can’t fail if you NEVER GIVE UP!

There are a million and one ways to follow and work on your passion. You may ask:

·       “How do I do I get started?
·       “How do I find an agent?”
·       “How do I earn income”

That is what the Internet is for. There isn’t anything that you can’t find for FREE. Don’t fall into traps and scams of paying for information. You don’t even need a college degree for many types of careers we are talking about.

There are many message boards, forums, Facebook groups, and other websites related to what you are interested in. Talk to others who already know so much about exactly what you want to do.

If you are an artist or crafts person you can sell on Etsy , eBay, Amazon, Fine Arts America and fiverr for example.

Craigslist is a great place to sell your extra furniture, clothing or other things you don’t need bogging you down and getting in your way. Open up space in your life physically and spiritually to let your energy juices flow to success. Do a search on Feng Shui, if you are unfamilar with it. You can also sell services on Craigslist such as tutoring, entertainment such as planning a party, DJing, skilled trades, or whatever it is you have to offer.

Being an entrepreneur or following your passion does not guarantee you financial riches, but you will be rich at heart. You will be able to pay your bills if you keep them at a minimum. You may become financially successful and that would be awesome. Either way, a life full of regret is no life at all and a life full of love and happiness is heaven on earth. 

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