Easier said than done, right?
Finding and living your passion in life can sometimes feel like a never-ending quest. Of course, how one defines passion is a very individual thing, in the same way that we each define success individually.
But, for many, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about living a life of passion is making a living by doing what you love.
Who wouldn’t want to work in a career they are passionate about?
You’ve heard the quote, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain: “find your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
It is a well-meaning sentiment, but many people spend their entire life pursuing but never quite finding their passion. Or even if they know what they are passionate about, they never seem to be quite able to find a way to live a life that fulfills that passion.
Ironically, for many, it is the drive (and real need) to make money that pulls them off the path of passion fulfillment.
There is no doubt that it can be very, very difficult to leave a job that is paying your bills, keeping food on your table, and a roof over your head.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have built a business that is not just financially, intellectually, and personally fulfilling for me, but that has allowed me to live my passions not just in my work and the way I make a living, but in my personal life as well.
That is why I am so passionate about helping our clients build careers that they love, that help them live a life of passion too.
The challenge is to find a way to monetize your passion. Think creatively. Lean into your passions. The realities of families, budgets, and responsibilities may make it impossible for you to completely change your career. But, maybe there is a way you can bring your passions to your current work to make your current job more fulfilling.
Or maybe the solution for you is a side hustle in which you create a side business that allows you to bring your passion to the world in a way that actually brings in a little money. The benefit, of course, is that when you are expressing your passion in a side business, that passion often has a way of really growing that business and before you know it, you may find that you have replaced that income from a less fulfilling job with the income generated by your passion. That is how I started Distinctive Career Services more than a quarter-century ago now.
If all this sounds overwhelming, and the challenges of monetizing your passions too much just now, maybe the solution is to rearrange your priorities and carve out time for yourself to pursue a passion through a hobby. This will allow you to feel some passion fulfillment now, and maybe the future will open some now unseen door to monetize that passion-hobby.
However you do it, exploring your passions can be a life-changer. We can go from stressed, anxious, and unfulfilled individuals to people who are walking in purpose, more joyful, more resilient, more optimistic, and making great contributions to society and the world.
Are you ready to start finding a way to live a more passionate life? Here are some quotes about living a life of passion to inspire you.