How can someone never work for even a day in their lives? It all depends on the type of work that you do. So many times these days, I see people that are really miserable about what they do. I have a friend doctor who, even if he never says it, is not really enjoying being a medical professional. He’s spent 10 years of his life in medical school. What do you do when, after ten years in school, you realise your profession is wrong for you?
Going to work every single day in an office where you don’t belong is brutal. It’s like going to the dentist every single day of your life. Nobody likes going to the dentist, but people have to do it from time to time. They get needles in their mouths, then the dentist drills into their teeth with a sharp thing that makes a demonic sound. It makes you tremble, but it is what it is. Now imagine doing that every day for the rest of your life.
Your work should feel like magic
The very secret here is that you need to make sure you transform your passion into your work. Don’t go to a university if your passion is drawing and you’re actually good at it. There’s the internet out there today. Make that your friend, go online and see how you can turn your talent into dollars.
It’s not about not working for another day in your life starting the moment you decide what your passion trully is. It’s about finding that passion you feel it’s magical to you, turning it into a source of income and never feel like you are going to work for another day ever. If you work on your passion, you will never feel like working for the rest of your days.
What I mean by magic is, find that one thing that gets you excited to do it when you wake up in the morning. That one activity that keeps you up at night with anticipation for the next day. Find that one thing you love to do that will make you feel like you’re on a vacation every day, although you’re working and making money at the same time.
Let go of the work that’s killing you
My magic is writing. I wake up every morning and, before I do anything, I thank the Universe for giving me the passion for writing. This simple act of writing took me out of my misery many times in my life. I’ve had times when I was lower than the Dead Sea. Writing helped me to pull myself out of that black hole and put myself back onto my feet. When I was sad, writing made me happy. Then when I was happy, writing kept me there. When I was hungry, writing kept me fed and nourished. At times when I felt alone, writing made me feel like I was in the company of something greater than me: creating, putting words on a notebook, putting life onto a blank piece of paper.
This is what I’m talking about when I say to find your magic and work on it for the rest of your days. The bad news is, people are insecure and would rather spend their lives in pain for some bucks than going for their passion. The good news is, every single one of us has that thing that we love to the skies and back. And every single one of these passions can be turned into jobs these days. All it takes is a leap of faith in yourself and your abilities. Gather the courage to take that step, look straight down into the gorge beneath you and do it.
How to turn your passion into your job
Every passion is monetizable. This means, whatever it is you like doing, there are 99% chances you can earn money from it. You surely need a plan before going ahead and quitting your actual job. Don’t do that before you have a plan that’s already into motion. This is the first step: develop a plan which will allow you to earn a considerable income by doing what you love.
I’ll give myself as an example. I love writing. It’s my most beloved thing that I do. It’s my magic. But how do you turn the simple act of writing into money? There are three steps that I had to take in order to do this:
Get really good at it
Writing is a skill a lot of people are looking for. Think about this: whatever message you read on social media from a brand, whatever article you read on the best this and that, whatever manuals you find coming in with your new phone, all of them are written by a content creator. But to get to do this for a client, you have to first get really good at what you do. This is done by repetition and learning, loads of these things in fact until you are able to produce the content your client needs from you.
The next logical step is to find clients. This is the hardest part. Even now, years after I moved to freelancing full time, I find it hard to get good, reputable, long-term clients. I have a good portfolio and a load of positive feedback, yet there’s still a narrow path you have to walk on order to find the right client.
Consistency is key here. If your clients, who you’ve put in a lot of time and effort to find, see that your work is fluctuating in quality or time of delivery or whatever else, they will let you go in a heartbeat. There’s no time for second tries, unfortunately, in this fast-paced world. Learning consistency, learning to manage time and to always stay on top of your game is as important as learning the skill of writing, or whatever it is that you do.