I wanted to be Aquaman. I even had the underoos to prove it. Was that realistic? Probably not, but then again, I definitely didn’t expect to have the career path I’ve had either.
Are you doing what you love to do? Are you passionate about what you do, or are you just working to pay the bills?
Don’t misunderstand me, I’ve worked quite a few jobs that I hated, but I couldn’t give them up since I needed the money.
One of the most powerful gifts you can give your children is to allow them to figure out what they’re passionate about and let them do just that. Whether that’s getting a MIT degree or attending clown college is irrelevant. The difference in hating what you do and loving what you do is immense. For some, its hard to even imagine what it would be like to live your dream.
Money is not the answer. I had a conversation with someone last week who asked me about setting up an online store for him. When I asked him what products or services he was going to sell, his response was, “something that will make me lots of money with very little inventory”. I suggested he sell 5 karat diamonds.
He looked at me oddly and said that he didn’t know anything about diamonds or jewelry. That, dear folks, was the opening I was looking for. “So what DO you know about? What do you enjoy talking about? What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about? What subject, topic or things, would make you want to wake up at 3:28am in your skivvies just to write another story about?”
Those are the real questions that you need to answer, anything else will just lead you down the same dreary path to a dead end. Loving what you do is more important than a new car. In fact, people usually buy the big house or new car to justify all of the crap they have to do at their job. They hate their work, so they have to prove its worth it by rewarding themselves with stuff that doesn’t matter.
Why can’t you have both?
By starting out doing what you want, you have already set the stage for enjoying you life. Now, all you need is a bit of creativity to figure out how to make this joyful path to pay for itself. You want it to continue, so lets figure out how your hobby and passion can still get the new car.
If you like archery, then start a community for it. Create video lessons. Sell archery equipment. Make this passion a part of your life, rather than another job. Don’t think of this as just a hobby to spend money on, think of this as a lifestyle to invest in and help others. People will invest in your passion and spirit more than they will the next guy. When I buy something for a hobby, I want to know that the person I am giving my money too, feels as strongly about my subject as I do.
Now seriously, tell me, what super hero did you want to be when you grew up?