How to Get Paid to Do What You Love

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius

 

Are you doing what you love? Are you making a living from it?

Unfortunately, most people aren’t. Actually the average person thinks it’s impossible to do what you love and make money from it.

But I think it is. This self-limiting belief itself is something that prevents you from even trying to make a change in your current lifestyle.

And the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible.

I think everyone is good at something he loves doing and has the chance to make it his dream job. It may not be easy, but it’s absolutely possible.

 

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What’s more, it’s something you need to do in order to live a happy fulfilling life. You owe it to yourself, to the people you love – as this way you’ll be a better person and will have great relationships, and to the world and society in general – because you’ll be doing what you’re good at, will be inspiring others to do the same and will contribute beyond yourself.

In his free eBook The Zero Hour Workweek, Jonathan Mead explains how possible it is to start getting paid to exist. It’s titled this way because once you find what you love and start making an income from it, you’ll no longer consider that work. And you’ll never need to work a day in your life, but will still make money, help others, follow your passion and contribute to the world.

Here’s how he summarizes his main idea:

“It’s about getting paid to be who you are by leveraging your unique strengths, doing what you love, and finding a way to channel that so you can provide value to others while you’re doing it.”

And here are the main strategies he employed to start living a life like that:

  1. Clear message

Everything starts with a purpose. Without having something we’re passionate about, for which we’re ready to make sacrifices and take action every single day, we won’t achieve anything that will last long or find satisfaction.

You need to define what it is that you want the most and how you can reach others that are passionate about the same thing.

This can happen by thinking of what makes you feel alive, the things you enjoy doing and the people you resonate with, that want to see the same change in the world and need your help.

Your message must be crystal clear, remarkable, unique and sharable with others.

  1. Connect with the right people

As a part of his personal story, Jonathan mentions that targeting his message to the people in his field that are enthusiastic about the same things has been one of the biggest keys to his success.

It’s important to speak to the right audience and reach only those who are interested in what you’re saying, who’ll give you feedback, who care about the same things and who you’d love to have as readers/clients/virtual friends/etc.

  1. Focusing on the important tasks

Or as he calls it “ruthlessly prioritizing based on highest leverage activities”.

The only way to get paid to exist is to work on your most important tasks every single day. Doing things connected with your final goal will help you move forward and eliminating the unessential will help you stay focused.

  1. Choosing only remarkable ideas

Good ideas are just not good enough. Everyone has many of them every day. But you’ll make a difference if you choose the promising ones and do something to make them come true.

Ignore everything average and focus on something people want to know more about, are willing to share and you can offer your unique value.

  1. Build meaningful relationships

Find influencers and connect with them. But don’t forget to pay attention to people that are around your level too, as they might turn out to be your biggest fans one day.

  1. Give people what they want

The whole thing will be pointless if you’re doing it only for yourself. The point is to help others, give them what they want while doing what you love and making money from it.

Simply find a way to provide value to others by following your passion and doing what you’re good at.

These are the main things you should be considering while trying to build your ideal lifestyle and turn what you love doing into your dream job.

And here are the 3 main things it consists of:

Things you’re good at

It would be perfect if it’s something you’re naturally good at. Or as the writer explains in the eBook:

“We want to find a way to leverage our natural strengths to magnify our passion… By working from your strengths – rather than trying to improve your weaknesses – you’ll be a hundred times more effective.”

Things you enjoy doing

Nothing can be done well if it’s not done with a desire, joy and a positive attitude. The things you enjoy are the ones you can do forever without getting bored or losing motivation. That’s why you should choose one of them and start making it your main activity and a source of income.

Things you can get paid for

People must need what you can offer them in that field, there must be a market for that if you’re planning to make money from it.

Also, put giving value before getting the money of your followers. Try to offer something unique and helpful and in return people will be glad to pay you for it.

The whole process is not easy – it requires hard work, time and dedication, but it’s simple. And it’s the only way to your dream life.

 

Simplicity – The Key to Brilliance

We are all trying to get more of everything in life. And when we do, the desire increases and we want even more. This way satisfaction is never achieved and we become greedy creatures looking for ways to satisfy our needs.

But more is not the answer. Less is.

We try so hard to achieve more, be better, have more of certain feelings and qualities, possess stuff, bring more people into our life, have more things to do, speak more and get information all the time.
But we never actually experience any of that. And this makes it pointless.

That’s because of complexity. We’re overburdened. We can’t breathe freely, or slow down, or enjoy one thing at a time.

The solution lies in simplicity. Because it’s the key to brilliance.

Regardless of where you are in your life now, what you have and where you’re going, you need more simplicity.

Instead of adding, you need to exclude. And instead of keeping things and holding onto people, memories and ideals, you need to let go.

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Beauty comes with simplifying – when you get rid of everything fake that just doesn’t fit, and let the natural glow.

Freedom comes with simplicity. You’ll only feel free when you let go of everything that’s preventing you from moving forward – past, worries, judging, desire for control, etc.

Seeing what really matters will only happen when you exclude the unnecessary.

Simplicity consists of having less:

  • desires;
  • belongings;
  • worries;
  • fears;
  • words;
  • thoughts;
  • expenses;
  • daily tasks;
  • regrets;
  • stress and so on.

And all this can happen by learning how to let go of things you don’t need, how to get rid of the stuff that makes your days complex and to stop adding new things.

It also means that your mind will be clearer, you’ll be happier, will feel freer and in peace more than ever before.

And here are some practical ways to achieve simplicity:

  • the next time you want to buy something, ask yourself whether you really need it and whether it will make your life better in any way;
  • when you have many things on your to-do list take a minute every now and then to slow down, feel good about what you’ve already done and analyze if all the rest is worth doing. Maybe it’s just something you think you’re supposed to do, but nothing will actually happen if you leave it like that;
  • when you catch yourself thinking about the past or worrying about the future, stop and try to focus on the present moment, that’s where you create your future;
  • when you’re angry at yourself or someone else, practice compassion and forgive. This is the ultimate salvation and helps both you and the other person. It means letting go of what was so that you can embrace what is;
  • eliminate distractions and focus on what is important;
  • try to be honest with people and say exactly what is on your mind, otherwise you make communication so hard;
  • when things get a bit difficult to handle, instead of stressing over what might happen and be afraid of the result, try to be grateful for what is, to realize that it’s the right thing for that moment and to fully experience it;
  • if there’s someone in your life that only makes your life harder, try to spend less time with him and don’t let him affect you;
  • when the weather is bad, don’t feel upset, just accept it and let things go in their natural way;
  • instead of thinking of what is missing in your life, focus on the abundance of love, happiness, possibilities and things to be grateful for;
  • the moment something bad happens, learn from it, accept it and let go.

There are hundreds of ways in which we can practice simplicity. And the final result is pure joy, finding contentment in everything we do, being in peace with ourselves and the world and living in harmony.

So give it a try. Eliminate, reduce, get rid of things, and strive for less. That’s the real “more” in life.

 

Why It’s Not So Hard to Succeed

Many people aren’t successful because they are afraid to fail. Or because they give up after some time, don’t find the power to try one more time, listen to the nay-sayers, don’t believe in themselves, aren’t confident or think they aren’t good enough.

Well, most people are wrong.

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Because success and happiness are possible. Every human being has the ability and potential to live a great life and do whatever he puts his mind to. But they simply choose not to do it. And they stay in their comfort zone – where nothing new, exciting or challenging will ever happen – for the rest of their life.

And if you start thinking about it and analyzing all the things that could go wrong, you can come up with a thousand reasons not to follow your dreams and work on your goals. But that is just ridiculous.

Remember that the only thing that prevents you from building the ideal lifestyle is your mind.

It will often play tricks on you and try to convince you that it’s not worth it. Your job it so recognize these thoughts, eliminate them and tell your mind that it’s all simple, easy and totally possible.

Soon you will have built the habit of positive thinking and will no longer have to fight your inner voice. Now it will be cooperating with you.

So you can think of many reasons to give up and consider success impossible. But here are a few that will tell you why it’s not so hard to turn your dreams into a reality and live happily.

  1. You can hack your life.

You can take control of every aspect of your life and find an easier and simpler way to do anything.

That may take a lot of time, experiments, failures and efforts. But the final result will be amazing. You’ll get in shape, be constantly motivated, full of energy, sleep well, train every day, become stronger, leaner, more intelligent, memorize better, become productive, outgoing, you’ll know how to make money and once you get that you’ll have the courage to start investing and starting new businesses, and so on.

Don’t forget that all the information you need is out there. Browse the Web for what you need and see how others have done it. Whatever you want in life, someone somewhere has already figured out how to get it. So instead of wasting a lot of time, follow his steps.

Watch videos on YouTube. Sometimes it’s priceless. Read books by people who have succeeded and take their tips. This way you’ll know what mistakes not to make.

  1. Most people are lazy and give up easily.

Of course, that’s awful statistics. But it’s true. And the best you can do is to benefit from it.

That fact is such a strong proof that success is reachable more than ever. Here is why:

The competition today is big. And it gets bigger every day. True. But only 5% of those who try succeed.

That happens for multiple reasons. People usually don’t even start their journey to success because they think they are too old/young/poor/weak/etc. or don’t have enough time/money/resources/potential. But when they do, most of them give up after one try, others lose hope and motivation. Some get easily distracted and lose track of what they do and eventually ditch it. Others may start doing something else instead. Or aren’t confident enough. Or don’t see any progress and after some time give up on their dream.

And that’s why only few make it until the end. They are the ones who are ready to dedicate a lot, to work hard, who stay persistent, concentrated and motivated.

Actually, as I think of it, this is a great natural selection. Because only the ones who are ready to handle success with all its side effects, and who will know how to react and behave with a lot of money, for instance, stay until the end.

So don’t give up now. You will succeed eventually.

  1. Opportunities are everywhere.

Another thing we take for granted are the countless opportunities we encounter each day.

Every next person you meet can offer you a position in his company that can lead you to your dream job. But for that you need to meet new people, know how to introduce and promote yourself and communicate easily.

At each moment you can think of a million-dollar idea. Your job is to notice it and start working on it so that you can make it come true.

Someone can offer you something you can’t turn down. For that matter you need to speak up, share your thoughts and make them public, try to reach influencers and so on.
You can start a blog, for example, and write about the things you’re passionate about. Soon someone can reach you, when you least expect it, with a great offer. It could be anything.

What I want to say is that the world is full of possibilities. And if we notice them and take them, great things will start happening.

So start going out more and talking with more people, start reaching people on the Internet, and whatever else you can think of.

That’s why it’s not so hard to succeed. What are your suggestions? What other reasons can you add?  

 

 

 

 

How to Live in a Non-Understanding World

Not long ago I was constantly feeling misunderstood. I blamed others, felt alone in my endeavors and thought it was unfair.
I was playing the role of a victim and often missed opportunities or got depressed because no one seemed to understand me.

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Some of you may have felt the same way at some point in their lives. Not being understood can be an awful thing once you focus on it and if you let it take control, it will prevent you from following your dreams.

But then I realized a few other aspects of life:

- there are all kinds of people and many won’t understand you the same way others won’t like you or approve your decisions;

- like-minded people are out there, you just need to look somewhere else;

- not having people with the same goals and desires doesn’t make you alone, they still love you, you just have another path to walk that is different from theirs;

- the world is definitely not responsible for that, neither are those who don’t understand you. It’s a natural thing and you don’t need to blame or judge;

- you’re not alone – many of the world’s geniuses, and the ones who created the masterpieces we admire today, had no one to encourage them and were often considered crazy. But that didn’t stop them;

- you can achieve whatever you’re after in life even without any support.

And here are the ways to deal with people who show no understanding:

  1. Walk in their shoes

Other people have problems too, often bigger than yours.
They have things to worry about, things to do, others to look after and many other things we don’t know about.

So instead of waiting for them to understand you, why don’t you try to understand them? To consider what’s going on in their lives, and help them.

  1. Ditch the expectations

You feel bad when you’re not understood simply because you expect others to understand you.

But think about it – who said that another human being, with its unique and totally different way of thinking, is supposed to agree with what you say or do, and even understand and support you.

When you get rid of expecting others to behave and treat you in a certain way, you will no longer be disappointed in their actions and reactions to what you do.

  1. Accept

I love acceptance. Once you see a situation through it, everything is okay.

Accept the people in your life as they are. Then you won’t expect anything from them.
If they don’t agree with you life choices, be okay with that. Because it doesn’t really matter even if they did.

After all, you want certain things, do something about them, and fail or succeed. And others have nothing to do with it.

Accept the fact that the world is a mixture of all kinds of people. Whatever you do, there will always be someone to disagree and many will not understand you.

  1. Stick to your beliefs

Under no condition, should you stop taking actions upon your dreams, passion and goals only because you’re not being understood by people in your surroundings.

Try to look at the bigger picture, visualize your dream as if it has already happened. Then you’ll remember why you started working on it at the first place and will see that it matters.

Also, most probably once you achieve it, others will see it has always been worth it.

  1. Understand yourself

As long as you do that, you won’t feel the need of others to understand you too. Your own approval is the only thing you need to keep going after your goals. You’re the only one who knows what is the right thing to do.

Having a good relationship with yourself consists of not lying to yourself, accepting, loving, caring for and appreciating who you are. If you can do that, you can also be in peace on the inside and that is all you need to succeed.
Inner peace is the highest happiness and no other person can do anything to ruin it.

  1. Compassion

Show compassion towards everyone you meet on your journey because you never know what he’s been through to get here.

Often the ones that don’t understand you are also not understood. Maybe they just need someone to tell them that everything is going to be just fine, to listen to them, send them love, appreciation and show them respect.
Once they feel understood, they’ll be able to open their heart, to be aware of other people’s desire for approval and to be more supportive.

  1. Let go

Letting go is a great thing to do as it sets you free and lets you experience life and enjoy it.

Let go of the need to be understood – because not meeting it causes you suffering, of the expectations, judging others, blaming the world or society, worries, fears, etc.

Instead, embrace simplicity, mindfulness and compassion. Be grateful for the people in your life because even if they don’t understand you, they are there for you. They love you and this is the ultimate understanding because they are not trying to change you.

Appreciate having them in your life and never feel alone again.

Life becomes better and simpler once you implement these things. Change your attitude and you’ll be unstoppable.

Dealing with not being understood this way is noble, beneficial to everyone and makes the world a better place.

The Reason You Wake Up

I met some friends at a café the other day and had a quality time.

Someone mentioned what time he got up this morning and that’s where the conversation headed. I said I went to bed at 4 a.m. and somehow managed to get up around 9. My sleep patterns have been a bit messed up lately but getting up at that time leads to going to bed earlier in the evening and eventually getting back on track.

Anyways, what stroke me was a thing one of my friends said. She said I’ve done a good job not sleeping in and then added that she can’t get up early if she doesn’t have something particular to do. And because she didn’t want to waste her last few days off from uni, she gathered with other friends earlier in the day so that she can have a reason to get up earlier and not spent half of the day sleeping.

And then I realized that some people needed to make something – whatever it is – their reason to get up. But if you summarize it, after a few years you come to the conclusion it was not worth it.

What I mean is that I have my ‘why’. I get up with purpose every morning. It may be to write, read some stuff, work on personal projects, go to the gym, or do something else that’s important to me.

The funny thing is that I probably won’t do it because of classes, to meet friends, or to just be up. Because most of the things we do in our days are non productive and time wasting activities that prevent us from living with a purpose.

That is why we need to identify what is the thing we’re ready to get up early for. What makes us start the day with an intention and excitement? What do we look forward to when we go to bed?

It’s also known as purpose. The driving force behind every action we take. Without it, it won’t last long and success won’t come. But by having it, and keeping it throughout the process, we manage to stay motivated and eventually achieve our goal.

Here is why having a purpose gives you a reason to wake up:

  • you can’t wait to start the new day so that you can work on your project/goal/plan or else again;
  • you are one step closer to your purpose;
  • you often start waking up early and having a healthy and powerful morning routine only because of your purpose;
  • it keeps you going throughout the whole day;
  • it gives meaning to everything you do;
  • you are full of motivation;
  • your actions are purposeful;
  • it gets you back on track after going through a tough period;
  • it makes your life challenging;
  • you never get bored;
  • you find great pleasure when doing something connected to your purpose;
  • you improve many other aspects of your life as a result;
  • you let go of other less significant projects that are wasting your time;
  • you become productive;
  • you are full of enthusiasm;
  • you are inspiration for those around you because they see you’re driven by a mighty power;
  • you live more consciously;
  • you focus easily;
  • it’s your goal number one;
  • it’s the first thing on your to-do list every day;
  • you visualize the success.

This can be about anything. Something you want to possess, the new person you want to become, the business you’re planning to start. It can be a personal or work project, a desire to become wealthy, to live in a bigger house, to become emotionally independent, to acquire new skills and habits.

A purpose is always connected with the thing you truly want, deep inside you. You may have not found it yet, but when you do, it will become your driving force and the reason you wake up every morning.

If you haven’t found what moves your hearth, however, you can’t say you have a purpose. You may have many plans and goals, but it’s not the same.

Steve Pavlina, one of the people whose writings have helped me a lot, shares how to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes.

In a nutshell, he basically advises us to ask ourselves a few questions and to be as honest as we can.

So finding your purpose is one of the best things you can do now that will define the rest of your life. Everything changes for the better once you know it.

Of course there are people whose reasons to wake up are not good for the society and the world in general, and that’s why there’s no balance on the planet.
If we were all doing it for the greater good, things would be different.

I urge you to find your driving force, make it meaningful and for others – not only for yourself. And then follow it every single day.

 

 

 

When You Feel Lost

When was the last time you felt like yourself?

I notice how people, including myself, often feel lost. Sometimes we just feel that everything is pointless, we lose hope and track of time and we let desperation, regrets and sadness take control.

It’s an awful place to be at and getting there can have permanent damage on us. We may ditch important projects, take a serious decision and make a drastic change while feeling that way and that will have consequences. We may go many steps back in our self-improvement or go back to old habits.

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So something must be done on order not to feel like that anymore.

First, it’s important to analyze why you had that feeling the last time. The reason may be one of these:

  • you’ve been doing something you don’t like for years – a job maybe;
  • you aren’t following your dreams;
  • you’ve given up on something important to you;
  • you live by someone else’s standards;
  • you live unconsciously;
  • you’re always busy;
  • there’s too much stress and anxiety in your life;
  • you spend too much time with people you have nothing in common with;
  • you’re in a bad relationship;
  • you’re not sure if you’re doing the right things.

Then it’s time to start noticing the details. Be aware of each time you don’t agree with someone but pretend to, do something you don’t enjoy, feel bad or sad, have regrets and doubts.

Now think again about the last time you felt like yourself. Visualize it. Who else was there? What were you doing? What was different?

Answering these questions will give you the answers you need. You know what really makes you happy but sometimes you tend to forget. So remind yourself of all the activities you enjoy, the people you like spending time with, the hobbies you once had, the little things you loved that made you smile and the way they made you feel.

Happiness is a state of mind. And you’ll never be contented with your life if you don’t let yourself be who you really are.

Most people have jobs they don’t like, colleagues they can’t stand and play a role in front of others. They leave their dreams behind so that they can have time for their daily commitments and tasks. They are prisoners of their own mind and full of fears and regrets and pretend to be someone else in order to avoid facing the real problem.

Living that way is harmful because your mind and soul need more freedom, inspiration, time for yourself, things that make you laugh, people that love you and happy moments. What they need less of is stress, bad choices, wrong people, caring too much about what others say, great expectations and unfulfilled dreams.

So don’t wait for the next time you feel lost to do something about that. Act now. Happiness is here, you just need to embrace it. Enjoy the present moment and start living more consciously.

Once you realize how beautiful things are right now and accept yourself for who you are, things will get better. There’s so much to be grateful for and so many possibilities around you. Focus on that!

 

20 Things Life is Too Short For: Part 2

And here are some more things life is too short for:

11. Regrets

What’s done is done. It doesn’t really matter who did it or what it was. The past just loses its meaning in the present moment.

And in order for us to grow, we should learn from the past and our mistakes, accept them and move on by letting go and forgiving ourselves.

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12. Trying to please others

There will always be someone that won’t like you and trying to impress him or do anything to grab his attention is a waste of time.

Whoever deserves to be in your life, will find a way.

13. Thinking small

You may be in doubt, feel like now is not the right moment or you’re not ready, but life is too short not to play big.

So if you want something, go get it. Make that call, meet that person, write that book, take that job, and do whatever else you feel the urge to do.

14. Comparing yourself to others

Every person is an individual and that’s what makes him unique.

Don’t try to compare yourself to another human being just because it won’t be a fair play. Everyone’s had his own experience, way of thinking and seeing the world, dreams and fears, etc.

Even if someone seems to have more than you, stop for a while and think about the criteria you’re using. Most of the times the one you’re comparing yourself to is in a worse position.

15. Fooling yourself

We’re often afraid to be honest with ourselves and prefer to live in an illusion. But that usually ends bad.

It’s better to stop fooling ourselves and living in lies. Instead, admit your desires, decisions, dreams and doubts. And accept them. Then go and do something about it.

16. Worries

Worries are one of the most ridiculous things man has ever thought of.

First, because 90% of the times they don’t come true and things are never as bad as we imagine them to be. And second, worrying now about something that might or might not happen in the future is absolutely pointless.

17. Staying in a bad relationship

It’s so sad how some people stay with another person for years, or for their whole life, only because they feel comfortable, think they don’t deserve anything better and no one else will like them.

But a relationship like that is not love, or happiness. It’s just two people being comfortable with each other and afraid to go out there and start living again.

Don’t fall into this trap. Or if you do, be brave enough to just go away.

18. Thinking too much

We tend to go into details about events, other people’s lives and almost anything. We think that others have a certain opinion of us, we think something bad might happen and play every possible scenario in our heads. We think we’re not good enough, we think of yesterday, or something we miss.

We just think too much, and live too little. It’s time to start being here now and experiencing what is.

19. Not following your dreams

You may think you’re too young or too old to start a business, too fat or too skinny to be an athlete, that you lack experience for a certain job position, don’t have what it takes to be a doctor and save lives, or else.

The thing is that the only limitations that can stop you from achieving anything are the ones you put to yourself.

20. Not being happy

We put happiness off for later, like we do with many others things. But the truth is that happiness is happening now, we just need to see it.

It lies in the people we love, in the things we find great pleasure, in silence, simplicity, appreciation. It’s here, and now. And everything is perfect just the way it is.

Life is too short not to realize how beautiful things around you are, how many things you have that you should be grateful for, and that peace and contentment are hidden in the present moment.