Doing What You Love vs Making Money

Yesterday, my granddaughter comes up to me and says, “Papa, I know what I want to do with my life!” Very excited, she continues, “You know how you’re always talking about doing what you love vs making money?” I respond enthusiastically, “Yes. Yes, go on.” After some thoughtful framing, she tells me the details of her plan.

When she told me the details of her plan, it nearly broke me, because what she wanted to do with her life, what she was so passionate about, what she loved to do more than anything, her reason for getting up every day, to breathe, and how she defined herself in the world, was reduced to her presenting business plan.

I was blessed and honored to be the first person to whom she reported her heart’s desire, and to know that my encouragement that she seek to achieve her highest and best had found resonance in her. She had thoroughly understood my explaining about doing what you love vs making money to her and developed a sound business plan which monetized her hopes and dreams.

In a million years, I would have not come up with an idea to pursue, like hers, and I would have hoped that she choose almost anything else besides what she’d selected to be her ultimate goal in life, but this did not dissuade me from supporting her completely. For how can you deny or dictate the desires of someone’s heart? You can try, but to do so doesn’t make any sense.

The desires of someone’s heart, what they love more than anything, can change over time, but whatever it is, right now, simply is. You cannot change it. So, bless and support whoever they are in whatever it is that they love beyond all other things in this life.

Doing What You Love vs. Making Money

In doing what you love vs. making money, the basis is that you discover the thing that you’d love to do, what you are passionate about, the activity that you would engage in where time just disappears, to make money doing what you love would be far superior to working just to make a paycheck to survive.

When I am working with a client, it is very rare that I find someone who does not know what they are passionate about. Even so, with a little probing, together we can find out what turns you on.

Now, finding a way to monetize your passion is a whole other process. It takes some creative detective work to come up with a plan for making money doing what you love, and you’re going to have to stretch your imagination enough to look at ways you can make it happen.

It takes a bit of ingenuity to monetize your heart’s desire, and there is a degree of risk in stepping out in faith to make money doing what you love. If your need to make money outweighs your desire to pursue your passion for profit, this can be a problem, and it is the primary reason why more people do not do what they love for money.

In most cases, people are more likely to settle for finding a career doing something they like, or is not too distasteful, in exchange for a paycheck. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but you could do better, if you are courageous enough to tackle such a task.

In the case of my granddaughter, she had done the research, developed her brand, a marketing strategy, and even came up with potential locations to launch her dream business. A grandfather couldn’t be more proud.

Generally, you will need some assistance in working out the details to create or pursue your passion and make your dream come true.

Thanks to the world wide web, you have access to all the resources you need to get from here to there, and if you’re feeling like it’s just too much to take on, seek out a qualified coach or consultant who can help you get you to where you want to be.

You May Fail

Doing so, will not be without risk, and you may not achieve your financial goals the first time out.

There is no need to feel dejected if you fail, for those who have found their way to monetize what they love have failed, but kept going. Look for your Return on Failure Learning (ROFL) and you can use what you have learned to strengthen your resolve to keep going.

Even if you’re feeling unworthy, or like, “My life has been so awful,” and you just can’t see the forest for the trees, look for others who you look up to, and know even though to us it looks as though they experienced instant success, a closer look at their stories will reveal their journey was not an easy one, and they continued to push through and overcome the obstacles which presented themselves along the way.

You can do this.

If you need help, call me.

Make Your Dream Come True or Not

I know you’re hearing people tell you that you should, “Do what you love,” and the most optimistic encouragers might add, “and the money will come.” While a good part of my work is helping people find their passions and monetizing them, when you hear someone say you can make a fortune doing what you love (which is true) you may have noticed that while it sounds so good at first, something inside you is making you feel like this is not true. You can make your dream come true or not.

Both thoughts are right. While it’s true that you can do what you love and get paid handsomely for it, it is also true that you might not be able to make a dime doing what you love.

When I meet people and they have an idea about the work I do, most of them tell me they have this great invention, business idea, or unwritten book that will change the world and will make a bazillion dollars overnight. Great!

These are the kinds of people that I work with every day, but most of them disqualify themselves as a prospective client by answering the following questions:

1. What have you done today to promote your project?
(Talking to me doesn’t count.)
2. What have you invested in your project before today?
3. What other projects have you completed in the past?

If you don’t have passionately positive answers to these three basic questions, you are a dreamer. No problem with dreamers; we love them, we need them, life would be lackluster without the dreamers in our lives.

Not to be dissuaded by feeling like their answers may have disqualified them, they usually follow up with something like, “No, I don’t want to do it. I want you to do it; you can even put your name on it. I just want you to do it because you’re the master doer. You make things happen. Just do my thing and we’ll split the bazillion dollars 50/50.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are serial marketing money making masters who are always searching for the next thing they can exploit, make as much money as they can, then bail out and go on to the next thing. These are not the kinds of people that I work with (okay, maybe I do work with some people, like that).

My preference is to empower someone who is passionate about their project, mission, or message, and they’re actively doing something about it.

Make Your Dream Come True

You can make your dream come true; no doubt about it. I see it all the time, people making their dreams come true, and there’s little more satisfying for me than being able to watch the transformation take place in real time. But the key to making your dreams come true is found in the first (most important) word, “Make,” your dreams come true.
Just like you can’t just imagine a chocolate cake, or repeat the affirmation, “I am enjoying the chocolate cake which is materializing in hands,” and expect it to materialize before you, like magic (although, this can happen, it takes more than just imagination and affirming statements), so it is with your dream; you must “Make,” your dream come true.

The manifesters and creators are busy doing the work of making their dreams true. This is “the secret” to their success; they do the work of making their dreams come true every day.

Everything is Energy

Energy creates all things and if you’re a fan of Einstein, you know that Energy equals MC squared. M represents mass; that means you must have something to work with. C represents speed (the speed of light in a vacuum). So you need something physical to start with, and speed; moving in a particular direction… Squared. That means you’re actively moving twice the speed of anyone else. This is the formula for manifesting or creating anything from energy (which everything is).

Even when you hear about an overnight success, you have no idea what work went on that no one was privy to, going on diligently behind the scenes, laying the foundation for the sudden impact of the idea burgeoning into full expression.

There’s nothing glamorous about doing the work of building your dream when it appears to be fruitless. The law of sowing and reaping is never more clearly apparent than in your life as the manifester or creator. You diligently work your project until you reap the reward of your efforts, the juiciest and most satisfying fruit of all.

Or Not

“Oh, that’s too much work for me. I don’t need another job.”

Awesome. Instead, then, focus on your innate skills, what you’re really good at, and do that. If this is your calling, do that. We need you just as much as we need the manifesters and creators and by all means,

Keep Dreaming

You never know when your dream will fall into place, in the perfect planetary alignment, in the right hands at the right moment in space and time.

 

 

Make Money Doing What You Love

Sounds crazy, right? Yet, you know there are thousands (more like, millions) of people doing what they love and getting paid for it. Some people are getting paid quite handsomely, while others are getting absolutely rich doing what they love.

Most of the people I work with either do what they love – and get paid for it – or they have other enterprises and are integrating what they love to get paid for it.

If they can do it, why not you?

Imagine for a moment that you could do what you love and get paid ten or a hundred times that you’re making now working a job for someone else… What does that look like? First, you have to decide what you love to do, more than anything.

Frances Hesselbein found a great sense of purpose and fulfillment as a volunteer leader in the Girl Scouts. She loved it so much, she rose through the ranks and became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. So inspiring was her work with the Girls Scouts, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

What Do You Love to Do?

Most (but not all people) have an idea of what it is that they love to do; that thing that when you’re actively engaged in it, time just seems to fade away, as well as the everyday concerns of life, and nothing else seems to matter.

When I’m working one-on-one, this is serious business, determining what is the thing that you love to do the most? In a group setting, workshop or seminar, when I ask for ideas from the audience, invariably I get someone who offers up, “I love to sleep!” (so I’m assuming someone reading these words is having the same idea).

So, let’s go there… Can you think of anyone who gets paid to sleep?

Get Paid to Sleep

Not to be confused with getting paid while you sleep (like having a revenue stream that runs around the clock) these people get paid specifically for sleeping. There are sleep or other scientific study subjects, some employers are now paying their employees to take naps on the job, many jobs pay for blocks of time that include slumber, hospitality reviewers get paid not only to sleep but to sample all the creature comforts of hotels. Some domestic in-home care workers work the night-shift to sleep (although lightly, as they are paid also to respond to an emergency). Then, of course, there is the oldest profession, where some of the assignments actually do include being paid extra to sleep.

And that’s not including the many people who enjoy a great deal of success, including fortunes, as the rewards for their sleeping. Many of the most creative ideas are birthed while sleeping according to Albert Einstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Jung, Edgar Allen Poe, Salvador Dali, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, just to name a few (of the people who are also famous for getting paid for doing what they love).

In other words, if you have verifiable evidence that you can get paid – receive fortunes or benefit humanity greatly – from sleeping (thank you, hecklers), is it too much a stretch of the imagination that you could turn that thing that you love to do into – not only a regular income stream, but possibly – a veritable gold mine?

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I don’t love money
I get money doing what I love

It happens every day and I am blessed to help assist some of the people in reorganizing their lives to do just that. Making a living doing what you love is one thing, especially if your sights are set very low, as is the case of starving artists. They are able to eek out a living as best they can, possibly by subsidizing their income by doing add jobs, or as wait staff.

On the other hand, many other artists thrive, but they approach their art differently, more like a business. I mean, if you’re going to work for someone, why shouldn’t it be you? Although, if you want to be a success in this arrangement, that puts more responsibility on you to be a successful business person and employer. This ambition, though potentially extremely profitable, is not for the faint of heart.

Really, there is no reason that anyone should not be doing what they love and get paid for it. In fact, this is the natural order of things, though it has been corrupted by a corporate societal structure imposing a different set of ideals we all have succumbed to.

We all know people who are doing what they love and enjoying remuneration for their craft, it wouldn’t take much – just a few tweaks, here and there – to put those individuals in an increased income bracket. More effort to supercharge your brand and marketing, could rocket-launch your success even more.

It might be time for you to

Do what you love

and

Earn Money