Who do you work for? Think about that for a second? Who do you actually work for? It doesn’t matter who’s signature is on the check, you need to work for yourself. New York Times best selling author, Grant Cardone has said, you need to go to work for your dreams and your goals. Not just to go to work. You can either go to work to make your dreams and goals come true or you will find yourself working to make someone else’s dreams and goals come true.
Why should your job be separate from what your passion is. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is going to be, what if you set up a life for yourself that you didn’t need to escape from? The challenge for many Americans is believing that they are able to “live the dream.” That there is the capacity to earn a living doing what you love and love what you do? Can you make your passion pay?
UFC Fighter Urijah Faber, get’s to live his passion and get paid to do it. Keep in mind though that Urijah also owns a gym, is a published author, has a clothing line and invested in real estate. He has created multiple streams of income all revolving around his passion, which is Mixed Martial Arts. Urijah found a way to make his passion pay and he could at this point if he wanted to , never step in the octagon again and still make an excellent living from his passion.
How else do you know that is not in the spotlight that gets paid to live their passion? You know them. You’re thinking of them right now. What is the difference between you and they guy who makes it teaching surfing lessons and renting boards at the beach? The difference is most like in your own mind, right next to what you’ve decided is and is not possible for yourself.
If you’re ready to make your passion pay, here’s how to find your passion first, and then get to doing it for a living:
1. Identify what you’re truly passionate about. What would you do for free? What do you do for free now that you love and would love to get paid to do? This is a brain storm, so there are no wrong answers here. Think big, dream big, go big.
2. What kind of employer values your passion? Who can you think of that needs someone with your passion? Identify where you’d LOVE to work. Who would you LOVE to work for or with? Write it down and again, think and dream big. If the answer is “no one,” don’t worry, there’s an answer for that.
3. Next step is to step out. You need to get out of obscurity. The people that can put you in position to live your passion and pay you to do what you love are waiting to meet you. Grant Cardone recently started a quest to help great people get with great companies. He’s producing a TV show called What Ever It Takes created to prove that there’s more to a person than their resume. It shows what people are truly made of. You need to reach up in the market and let these decision makers know who you are and what you can do.
4. Be realistic. NOT! Understand that just because the video attached to this article says you need to be realistic, doesn’t mean you have to be realistic. Sorry Kristen Reed (lady in the video), but the last thing this economy needs is people being realistic. Nothing great in this world ever happened from being realistic. If the Founding Fathers were realistic, this nation of opportunity never would have happened. If JFK was realistic, there’d be no flags on the moon and if Steve Jobs was realistic, there wouldn’t be an iPhone. Being realistic, average, normal will not get this country back to greatness.
“No one wants what I do” Yes, back to that… some one does. Promise you that and if you can’t find an employer willing to bring you into the fold, then perhaps you’re an entrepreneur waiting to blossom. If the Pet Rock made it, what ever you’re thinking is marketable and will have a niche.
There is no reason for and no need to get stuck in a j.o.b. No one’s 401k is safe anymore, the 9-5, weekends off, 2 weeks vacation a year ideal is dying a slow painful death. Or perhaps the workforce and the economy is adapting and evolving. If it is evolving, then that means only the strong will survive.
In the end, you will regret more of what you didn’t do and didn’t try than what you did do. If there’s something you’re truly passionate about, then by all means, you owe it to yourself to break out of average and find the ways and means to make your passion pay.