Do What You Love and Money Will Follow

do what you love and the money will follow - article by jon eborn

This is a guest post by Jon Eborn.

When we’re youngsters, we often get asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Usually the answer to this varies throughout the years growing up. One year we want to be a doctor, the next year a veterinarian, an astronaut and so on. Children tend to name prestigious or popular careers because they sound fun or adults have talked about them quite often.

Does your career guarantee a happy life?

Many times something happens as youth enter high school and begin really considering what career path they want to take. Doctors and veterinarian careers are not as appealing and confusion may set in. Plenty of youth and adults have a period of time when they are clueless as to what they would love to do for a career and many settle for a job that they think is mediocre, are in it just for the money, or don’t enjoy at all.

Listen to what Greer Garson, winner of the 1943 Academy Award for best actor, had to say about work:

“Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.”

Money is important in life, as we have to pay bills, care for family, eat, etc. but when we work primarily for money in a job that does not fulfill us, it leaves us feeling stagnant, quite empty, and a less than happy life. I understand that at some periods in life people may not have a choice and have to work at a place they do not like because they either have not discovered their passions are or can’t find employment in their field.

Is your career contributing to a happy life?

At some point in life though, I think it’s important to sit down and gauge your career and how fulfilled you are in that career.

Do you love what you are doing or have you settled? If you are content and fulfilled, wonderful. But if you are not, I challenge you to begin thinking about doing what it takes to begin doing what you love for a happy life.

For example, if you love painting and would love to be a painter, but are working in retail because you don’t feel like you would make enough money as a painter, I challenge you to change your thinking on that. I advise you to paint pictures, hone your skills, and little by little see where that takes you. Don’t quit your day job, but on your off time do what you love. Create a portfolio, set up a table at festivals, art shows, etc. and see what happens. The money will follow your passion and eventually you could find yourself in a spot to paint full-time and let go of the job that does not fulfill you.

I know a woman got laid off from her mental health job and she really did not know what she was going to do for work. She was not enjoying mental health anymore and wanted to do something that she LOVED, but wasn’t sure what that was. She wanted to work for herself, but she wasn’t sure what she could possibly do. She knew that she loved blogging, so she decided to begin freelance writing.

She delved into the freelance world and within three years she was writing full time and was very pleased with her new job. She LOVED writing so why not follow her passion and make money at the same time? Today she feels that her career is at the very beginning of a lifelong, prosperous, and fulfilling journey. Yes, her career helps contribute to her happy life.

Plenty of people have given up unfulfilling jobs to go after their passions. At some point in life people begin to question their careers and begin pondering new ones based on their interests and passions. You can too.

You can take classes, hire a Life Coach or Consultant, read books, and then take steps in the right direction.

Don’t allow negative beliefs to hinder you. Discover your passion and purpose. I believe in you. You can create a happy life that you love with time, effort, and perseverance.And the money will follow.

-Jon Eborn

See also:

10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

How to Pick a Career You Actually Like

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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