The Passion Test: Have You Found Your True Calling 314

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I think that whatever it is we’re doing with our time, it must be done with passion. Otherwise, it’s just wasted energy.

That’s because passion makes it all meaningful, creates results, helps us do our best, makes the world a better place.
If you aren’t passionate about something, you’d better not do it at all and move onto something else.

But not everyone is lucky enough to have found what he loves doing.

After all, it means finding the one activity that makes you lose track of time and which you’d love to do for the rest of your life, while at the same time there are hundreds of thousands of other stuff fighting for your attention.
It’s as hard as finding your soul mate – meeting the one person that’s the right fit for you among billions of others.

In a world of possibilities like ours, we’re too distracted. There’s too much information, notifications from every corner of the room require our time and focus, and there’s something new coming out every minute – be it a book, a new way of making money, game, art, application, technology, etc.

And often we tend to do many things at once, or to just jump from one interest to another hoping to find our calling.

But the ones who’ve truly found it aren’t many.
Let’s see if you’re one of them.

The Passion Test

Take what you think may be your passion and answer the following questions with it in mind:

1. Have you been interested in it for years?

The answer should be: yes.

If opposite: If it’s a new thing, it’s more likely that it’s just a fad and will go away soon. But don’t lose hope as every day is a chance to find what you love doing and decide to follow it.

2. Do you lose track of time when doing this activity for a few hours, and in the end instead of feeling tired, you’re full of energy?

Should be: yes.

If opposite: If you’ve never actually dedicated a few hours in a row in one day to what you consider your passion, then maybe it’s not what you love doing, but something you just enjoy a lot. Think about that.

3. Can you imagine doing it every day for 5 hours? And would you be happy living this way?

Should be: Yes!!!

If opposite: Your true calling must be something you’d love to be doing for the rest of your life. In fact, whenever you can. And that should not bring any boredom or mediocrity into your life but enthusiasm and joy, as it’s the one activity in this world that makes you feel alive.

4. Is there another thing you find as interesting and would love to be doing as often as you can?

Should be: no.

If opposite: Then you’ve got 2 or more interests. And if you can’t really say which one you love doing the most, then you’re not sure about any of them.
If one of them was your real passion in life, you’d be certain about it.
But you can still make one of these your calling, if that’s what you want. It doesn’t need to be all natural, you can push things a little. But you’ll need to dedicate your whole time to it and focus all your energy and attention to one thing.

5. If you had to choose just one thing of all your hobbies, interests and leisure activities, knowing you won’t be allowed to even think of any other, would it be that one?

Should be: yes

If opposite: Then you’ve got other things that are as important. Which means this one isn’t your priority. And if it’s your passion, you’d put it above everything else you could be doing with your time (not talking about family, of course).

6. Do you find yourself smiling and feeling more energetic and excited when speaking about it, or even thinking of doing it?

Should be: yes.

If opposite: Then you don’t want it bad enough, it’s not what you’re meant to be doing.

7. Have you ever thought that it’s something you’re born to do, does it feel like you’re on the right path when you do something connected with that activity?

Should be: yes.

If opposite: Most often true passion comes from the inside. And even if you don’t know what it is, when you see someone else doing it, hear something about it or just random ideas pop up in your head and you have action steps, then it’s the thing you’re supposed to do calling you.
If you don’t have any of these signs, then you haven’t found it. But it’s never too late. Keep trying stuff.

8. Would you skip a night’s sleep in order to stay up and do what you love (considering that inspiration hit you, or you’re working all day every day and don’t have any other time to dedicate to it), even though you’ve got stuff to do early tomorrow?

Should be: yes.

If opposite: You may just be responsible and insist on getting your rest so that you can be in your best shape tomorrow. But it may also mean there’s nothing important you’re working on and are passionate about.
Because if there was, you’d give all your free time and energy to it. And with the right amount of work and after some time, your regular job can be replaced for your passion.

9. Is it something you’re good or excel easily at?

Should be: yes.

If opposite: That’s not a must. You may suck at what you’re passionate about too. We all start somewhere. So don’t let that stop you from getting better.
But most often when something’s your true calling, you find out that you already possess some talent, and don’t have a hard time leveling up.

10. Can you say that making a career out of it and doing it all the time while offering value to the world is your dream?

Should be: yes!

If opposite: Forget about it, then. It’s just an interest, a temporary thing. And you can have many of these, but nothing big will come out of them.
If it’s your passion, though, if it’s your deepest desire, your mission, calling, sole purpose and absolute favorite thing to be doing, then you’ll have a dream like that.

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So what’s the result?

It’s okay if you just found out that you don’t really have a passion.

Many people underestimate what that really is as they dream about certain things every now and then but are not ready to dedicate the necessary amount of time, willpower and effort, and are definitely not ready to work harder than they can imagine.

Because that’s the real face of passion. And that’s how you turn it into your career and eventually have the chance to do it for the rest of your life, while enjoying every moment of it and inspiring others or leaving a mark.

It all requires an unbelievable amount of work, though. And it’s not for everyone.

Writers write all the time. Not just every day. Not just a few hours per day. All the time. That’s what they do, that’s who they are.
Entrepreneurs spend their free time brainstorming ideas, communicating with other like-minded people and discussing projects, meeting clients, starting new businesses, etc. And that’s only the time when they aren’t doing the actual work.

But guess what? They love every second of it.

Because having found and followed your passion means that it’s also your entertainment, it’s your work time and your free time. And you’re happy about it.

So what’s yours? And how do you define passion?
Do you think we’re fine without it and just a few hobbies can make our life interesting and meaningful enough?

See also:

Try this if you’re struggling to find your passion
How to find your true passion in 5 creativity exercises
The Passion vs. Hobby test

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How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice?

ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

clear voice email notifications

The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

clear voice payment

I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

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Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

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