Working with Passion: Do What You Love for a Living

by Percival J. Meris on December 6, 2009

Doing What She Loves for a Living

Photo by Gary Scott

EVERYDAY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE PREPARE TO GO TO WORK THEY DO NOT ENJOY. They wake up each morning without energy, thinking about how much their jobs suck and what they would like to do instead. Are you one of them?

Do you detest going to work, and look forward to the day’s end? Do you experience the Monday blues, and at the end of the week, rejoice and “thank God it’s Friday”?

When you do something you do not enjoy, you always struggle to resist the natural tendency not to do it. Doing it takes ten times more effort than doing something you love. Then, you complain about how unsatisfied you are with your job. Your life becomes dull and meaningless. Before long, you want to resign, but choose not to because your job pays well.

Would you rather choose a job that pays more or one that you feel passionate about?

Work with Passion

What one thing would you so much want to do, even if you would never get paid for it? That is your passion. All of us have passions and something to share. If you could utilize it well to your advantage, your passion can actually earn for you a handsome amount of income.

Do What You Love

The key to success and happiness in life is doing what you truly love. When you really love what you are doing, you invest more time and effort into it. You excel at what you do, and the results eventually show in the quality of your work.

Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” If you love what you do, you just cannot wait to get to work. Work for you is not work but play. So, you tirelessly “play” without exerting so much effort for long periods of time.

Your stress level is very low. Laziness, procrastination, and excuses do not have a place in your sequence of events for the day. You are high in energy and enthusiasm, and people working with you are magnetized by it.

People who do what they love are among the happiest and wealthiest people in the world.

Do What You Love for a Living

There are several ways by which you can make money doing what you love. Start by making a list of all the things you love to do. Your hobbies, your interests, your work, your sports – even your habits. Then, brainstorm ways these things might make money for you.

Find a way to make what you love appealing to a massive global audience. Consider what will provide genuine value to them. It’s all about what you can give.

Now, set aside some time to dream. Anything worth having requires a fair amount of dreaming first. See what you love to do as a business, not just a hobby, and focus on marketing your product or service to a market sector that needs them.

Ask yourself these questions: Do I have the necessary skills to make money from what I love to do? If not, how can I acquire these skills? What course or training can I take up or work experience I can have to build my qualifications and competencies?

Your current employment may not allow you to immediately dive into your “passion job”. If this is the case, do it first as a side project, until you can financially assume it on a full time basis.

Do what you love first, and the money will follow. If you can do this and make it work for you, you have a winning combination. For you, it is not the money but the work satisfaction and the sense of pride and fulfillment that count.

How to Make a Living from Doing What You Love

What do you love to do? Do you love to meditate? Teach others to meditate for a fee. Paint? Consider starting a mural painting business. Plan parties? Start a fundraising event company. Write? Become a ghostwriter, or author your own books. Do you speak a foreign language? Be a translator, and get paid for it. Find out how your passion can translate into income.

Learn as much as you can about your chosen business. Start serving it for free, then for a fee when you can do it well enough. Charge low at first, and as your skills improve, slowly raise your rates. Keep on improving your skills. Start your business small, and expand as your income expands.

For wider reach, consider tapping into the global market through internet marketing. Internet marketing allows you to be searched by, rather than you searching for, potential customers or clients. A global market tears down the confines of a local market where you find only a limited number of prospects.

Now that you have decided on your kind of business, you will have to deal with business issues, such as marketing and finance. When your business grows, you could outsource its other functions, while you focus on the more important aspect, such as marketing or production. As you do this, it is important to maintain constant supervision of the entire business operation. After all, this is your business.

Now, What If…

Now, what if you have no choice but to do what you don’t enjoy? Then, for your own sake and happiness, learn to love what you have to do, as long as it is not illegal or immoral. It is all in the mind, my friend.


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steveborgman January 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Great information! I just wrote a blog post on finding your passion and doing it! I like your article, because it gives specifics about making the transition from identifying your passion to then finding work that aligns with it.

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