A 9-5 job (or should I say jail) will give you a living but a true passion will give you a life!
Steve Jobs always used to say “the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking! Don’t Settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
If Steve Jobs wouldn’t have quit college and continued on working his butt off we would never experience the luxury of having Apple laptops.
If Thomas Edison would have followed the footsteps of everyone around him we wouldn’t have a light bulb lighting up our homes.
If Columbus never took the risk of going beyond the unknown sea, America would have never been found.
So think about it! This slavery of 9-5 shift is in fact taking you away from your true passion. You could be the next greatest person to come up with some crazy inventions. You don’t have to be smart or rich for that. You just have to ignite your passion and follow your own inner voice that you shoved it away because of this slavery.
If you are thinking that “oh but that was Einstein. Like I mean come on he was smart and so he came up with all the crazy inventions. I am not that smart. I don’t know what to do.”
Well here’s a fact: Einstein failed so many times during his years in school. He was considered as a student with low IQ.
He could have made the excuses like “I am not smart enough” or “I don’t have enough money and time to spend” but he didn’t. He basically didn’t give a shit about what everyone else thought of him. He did his thing and bam! He is now immortal even after his death in our books of history and science.
Imagine waking up everyday and feeling like your life is a vacation. You are free to go anywhere without a job permission.
Imagine never working because if you love what you do it will never feel like work and stress.
Imagine being truly free!
Ok enough of the pep talk! Let’s get to the how part…
(1) But I don’t know what my passion is…
Is there anything you do every single day that you have been doing for years and enjoy every moment of it? It could be cooking… organizing… writing… reading… painting… researching… taking photos… Think of something that you would do to take a break from a stressful day. Think of the things you do when you want to “escape” from reality.
It took me a long time to realize as well but eventually I came out. I asked myself over and over again when the answer was right in front of me. I love hiking, travelling, being with nature and all that. Then I also love blogging and sharing beauty tips with people. So I combined both my passions and I made a beauty blog that encourages a natural / organic lifestyle. It expresses my love for nature, my love of blogging and helping young girls throughout the world.
Although I have college and sometimes gets very busy but I never ever suppress away my true passions just so I can get higher grades in something I am not even interested in.
The video below will help you unwind things:
2) But I have a family to feed…
I can understand this situation that you can’t seem to escape from because you have children and you need money to feed them. You can’t just quit everything and run away from it because you are not the only one responsible for.
In this case, take time out for your passion. As you take the time out this will be you taking your first step towards a success that gives you the real pleasure and feelings of bliss.
After quitting college, Steve Jobs used to do calligraphy because it was what he really loved to do. That was his first step. By quitting college he got more time to spend for his passions. He had nothing to lose. Spending this time developed his skills and led him to the idea of Apple.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase just to take the first step. The first step is you putting your faith in yourself that you will succeed. The first step is the you being a little closer to true happiness and life. The first step is you coming out of your own protective box that stops success from entering in your life.
All it takes is a little time from your normal life. Would you be willing to give that time for the ultimate happiness?
3) But I don’t have money and resources…
As you take your first step you will realize that you actually don’t need these resources.
People have become success when they fell to their rock-bottom… when they became homeless or when they were lost. How do you think they got the money and resources?
Their only secret was their first step, their effort to get back up in the game of life, their courage against failure and their faith in themselves.
I started blogging and it was a real success but when I came in 12th grade I made excuses like I don’t have time and that it distracts me from my study. So I didn’t update my blog for almost a year and a half. Then I got in college but I always felt empty like all I did was go to college, study, meet friends and come back home. This was my routine every single day. I didn’t want to feel like an average normal person. I wanted to be different and put myself out there. I wanted passion. I wanted to help others. And most importantly I wanted to give meaning to my life! But I realized I was only making excuses because I was afraid of failing. I was afraid what people will say about me if I fail. I was afraid that if I fail I will feel worthless.
Leave all your fears behind. Sometimes people aren’t afraid of the failure they are afraid of being successful and reaching greater heights. They are afraid these heights will be so high that if they fall it will hurt even more. So they stay on the safe side of life.
It will keep you safe but you will not experience true happiness. And trust me when you feel that bliss it consumes you and you will never feel fear.
You will never have to take anyone’s permission for taking a day off from work.
Imagine those days when you don’t have to escape from any stressful work because every day of your life will be vacation. You won’t have to drag yourself out on Mondays.
When you do something you love it doesn’t feel like work. The hard work doesn’t feel like effort and stress. In fact it will make you happy!