What does it take to get paid to do what you love, to follow your passion?
Most people don’t get it.
I know, because I was one of those people.
Not everyone is cut out to leave the 9-to-5 environment, and that’s okay, as long as they’re happy.
But if you’re frustrated, lost, and confused about how to get paid to do what you love, then read on.
It’s no longer enough to throw a blog up and wait for fame and fortune (was it ever?).
You have to be specific, strategic, and willing to take action even when things look grim.
I’ve spent half a decade doing this, and only in the last few years have things started making sense.
With that said, do you make any of the common mistakes below?
1. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
How many people do you see waiting for something big to happen so they can finally start living?
“If only I could find my passion, win the lottery, get rid of my fear, or <insert excuse here>, I’d be on my way,” they say.
We all have excuses. I do, too.
The difference is that some people take action despite them, and some … don’t.
In which camp are you?
In which camp do you want to be?
What we forget is that excuses are ideas in our heads. They are figments of your imagination, catastrophic “what if” scenarios and worries of a future that exists only in your head.
2. Valueless Contribution
You can’t get paid to talk about your cat, but you can get paid to solve problems cat owners have.
“Hold on, but that’s not what I want to do. I just want to do what I love and have no responsibilities whatsoever,” you may hear some say.
And yes, that’s all fine and good, but you probably won’t make a living doing that.
If you want someone to pay you, you have to solve a problem, or make their life better in some way.
You have to find that sweet spot between what you want to do and what others are willing to pay for.
Sometimes that means doing work you aren’t 100% passionate about, but then again, you have to start somewhere.
Are you waiting for someone to “save” you?
You can start your journey today toward getting paid to do what you love.
If you want to write, then write. You can get a freelance gig within 24 hours.
If you want to build an online business teaching others how to improve their lives, you can take the first step today.
Whatever you want to do, you can get started now, and if you don’t know how, you can find someone who does.
When you have the proper mindset, you come up with solutions, not excuses.
Mindset is often thrown to the wayside, but that’s a big no-no.
Internal resistance is one of the biggest reasons why people give up. It’s the lizard brain in action.
When I built my first successful website in 2009, after 2-3 years of failing, the thing that changed was my mindset.
You don’t need the perfect system, tool, or program. You need to develop the proper attitude, because like Zig Ziglar said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”
I tend to agree with that.
You may not become an overnight success, but you cannot fail unless you quit.
Last, but definitely not least, you have to be willing to move forward even when it’s uncomfortable.
Building your own business is one of the fastest paths to personal growth.
You constantly have to push your boundaries, and you know when you’re slacking off, because the bills aren’t getting paid.
If you want comfort and stability (assuming it exists), you won’t have a lot of freedom, flexibility, and fun.
There Is A Better Way
Many years ago, I was working a summer job, and I thought, “there has to be a better way.”
And there is, but it requires courage.
If you want to get paid to do work you love, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable, uncertain, and scared.
You have to find a strong reason why, because that is what will get you through the rough patches.
And you have to be willing to start before you’re ready.