Finding my passion and working for “free”

Finding my passion seems to be a full time job these day, except I’m not being paid to do so.. And it sounds like once I find this passion, I’ll need to practice it frequently so that I’m actually good at doing it (unless it’s something I already do). Maybe this is just the laziness in me, but that sounds like a lot of work! (Definitely laziness) And one thing I don’t like to do is work for free..

With that attitude, I’ll definitely be stuck at a 9 to 5 for the rest of my life, huh?

For the past few years now, I’ve felt quite sure that I don’t want to be tied up in the hustle and bustle of 9 to 5 work life. When I picture my future, I am happy, at peace, and I enjoy the majority (or at least half) of my days. I’m not waking up, smacking a snooze button, and dragging myself to this building that’s become a jail to me. So how am I supposed to avoid this becoming my life? I have some inspiration and I have an idea of what I want to do with myself and why, but I don’t fully understand how I turn this into a career.

From what I’ve gathered from the internets, I should begin with finding my “passion”. Something that I love to do and (could) do it all the time. At this very moment, if I were to pick a concept off the top of my head, that thing would probably be speaking Japanese. *SIGH* I study Japanese just about every day, I love to speak Japanese, and I think about the language, attaining fluency, and helping others overcome difficulties when learning a second language as well. But how in the heck could THAT earn me the income I’m looking to achieve?

Back to the drawing board…

I think there are some other things I’m passionate about; helping sufferers of depression, teaching science topics, imagining new things, and writing. I also absolutely love nail art (and actually art/drawing in general), but I always worry that I’ll never obtain the level of talent needed to do that well. Perhaps I’m getting to the real root of my issues here?

I know that I want to be my own “brand”. As in, I would like for jobs to come to me- or meet me half way. I want to have a service (or set of services) that I sell rather than just coming to a job every day. This way, I have more freedom with scheduling and less limitations on how much money I can make.

But perhaps I should just begin with writing things out and searching for my passion. I’ve also got to kick this lazy bug and find the motivation I need to practice it more often. A wonderful guy I met named David suggested something to me: spend one hour a day working on what it is that I want to do. He even told me this time could be broken into 30 minute increments. I’m going to try my best with this and see how things go. Wish me luck.

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I picked up some of David’s merchandise when I met him. This bracelet serves as some extra motivation for me when I really need it.

 

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  1. After leaving the 9 to 5 grind in March and starting the work from home hustle, I’d say I have become much more appreciative of the 9 to 5 grind. Until you find that thing that you absolutely love, having set limits on how much you’re going to work per day and having constant wages is great. Otherwise it feels like you never stop working and get little to no compensation for it.

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