Make Money Now By Doing What You Love

The internet is definitely my favorite resource for research and learning, but I’ve been reading something that I’ve started recommending to anyone who will listen. The book I’ve discovered– Crush It: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk– offers some pretty simple, straightforward advice about how to get what you really want out of life.

The book’s premise is simple: figure out what you love to do, and find yourself a way to make money doing it.

What do you like to do? If there’s one thing in the world that you could all day long and get paid for it, what would it be?

The truth is you really don’t have to jetset around the world to find pleasure. There are many people out there who have structured their lives around doing what they love, while earning money from it.

Here are a few examples from some of the people I personally know…

John the Firefighter

My friend John is a firefighter. He grew up an environment that embraced the idea of public service like being a firefighter and a cop. (In fact, he first started on this path by serving a few years in the local police force.)

So he has an odd schedule and he puts in some really long shifts, but I’m not kidding when I say that going to work really doesn’t feel like work to him. He’s happy with his career choice because he loves what he does. The fact that he gets paid for it is almost the icing on the cake.

One of the things he loves about his job is he works one 24 hour stretch, and then has 3 days off. With this kind of schedule, he has plenty of time to be a volunteer EMT and enjoy a variety of activities like sailing, surfing, and scuba diving.

Scott the School Teacher

Let’s see. I have another friend Scott who teaches high school history and social studies. He’s about as different from my firefighter buddy as night and day, but he also loves his job.

He thinks it’s exciting when he actually sees his students learn (even thought they think they know everything already … you remember what it was like to be sixteen) and he just really enjoys being a teacher. So basically going to work is fun for him, too.

Seriously, you get Scott talking about his job and his eyes light up as he explains how his classroom is a place to really explore lessons from history and how they apply today.

Like my friend John, Scott loves to do a number of activities. Since he has the summer off, he does a good amount of traveling. And when he’s at home he enjoys surfing, volunteer coaching, and other outdoor activities.

Jay the Artist

I can honestly say that a lot of my personal philosophy was formed with long B.S. sessions with my friend and former roommate Jay Alders. He’s one of the people who really pushed me with my idea of working from home.

Like the others, Jay has designed his life around doing what he loves which is surfing and art. In fact, as I write this post, he’s traveling through Australia with his girlfriend Chelsea (who is a pretty awesome person herself.)

Jay is probably the best example of someone who loves what he does. His personal passion is so intertwined with his career that it’s really hard to even know when he’s actually working and when he’s simply enjoying life.

Steve the “I Don’t Know What to Call Myself”

Then there’s me. Some people probably think that I’m a weirdo because I have an “internet job.” Who cares? I love what I do and I also love to travel.

I’ve got myself running an automated internet business that gives me the freedom to travel the globe, which is pretty awesome in my book and that’s all that matters. I’m able to visit all corners of the world while earning the money I need to pay my bills.

Make Money Now By Finding Your Passion

Four separate people, four totally different careers, but one thing in common: the four of us have found our passion, just like Gary Vaynerchuk’s book urges everyone to do.

I guess if I wanted to offer you some simple advice right here and now it would be that the key to a successful, happy life is to structure your career around enjoying it!

Most people aren’t born into a wealthy family. Most of us have to work in order to survive, and the world is full of people doing different jobs.

Some people absolutely, positively hate what they do. Others are fortunate enough to love what they do, except I don’t know if “fortunate” is even really the right word. These people figured out a way to do something they enjoy and get paid for it.

You know that I hate sounding “preachy” on my website, but … come on! Find something that you love to do, and aim to make it your career!

How to Get Started NOW…

Here’s a quick way to get started… You’ll need to ask yourself a few questions.

Yep, it’s time to make a list and write down some notes. (I’m the king of lists and notes, which you’ve probably already seen from some of my other posts)

On this list, you’ll answer these questions:

What would I love to do even if I didn’t receive monetary compensation?

Who is making a living doing this?

How do I learn about what they’re doing?

Another Example of a Passion

I spent the first half of this post talking about some of my guy friends, so let’s make up an example for the ladies out there. Let’s say that you absolutely love helping your friends pick out outfits to wear to special events, right down to their hairdos and makeup. (I guess that a guy could enjoy that too, so don’t think I’m trying to discriminate, ok?)

There really are people who earn a living doing this. Haven’t you ever seen those makeover shows on TLC? Wardrobe stylists and makeup artists manage to transform people so amazingly well that their friends all cheer and scream when they show up for the “unveiling.”

You might not be able to immediately become a host of “What Not to Wear,” but you probably could become a personal shopper and you could definitely look into beauty school.

You could start doing a bit of research by checking out blogs written by those TV hosts, calling different beauty schools, or even asking your friends if they’d be willing to pay for your services.

Some people might call it a pipe dream, but it’s more than that. It’s a new goal for your life. Get out there and aim for the stars for once. It’s time to find a job that you love!

Take Action. Get Results.

12 thoughts on “Make Money Now By Doing What You Love”

  1. Agree totally!

    It boggles my mind that there are people out there who actually wake up and go to a job they hate… can’t understand that all…

    And just finished listening to the audio version of Gary V’s book… definitely an inspiring listen… and unlike some audio books that get boring or lack energy… Gary is so full of energy and enthusiam that the books flies by…

    • It’s actually kind of sad. I know more people who hate their lives than people who actually enjoy what they do.

      Haven’t heard his audio book, but might have to buy it for my trip when I need something to listen to. It’s definitely worth a second run-through

  2. It’s only a “pipe dream” if you don’t take action! A dream is in your heart for a reason, it is the soul desiring to express some facet of itself.

    Honor your dreams, give them wings … they are the essence of who who you are.

    The universe conspires to make your dreams come true !!!

    presley … shangrilatweets

  3. I’d have to say ‘fishing’ or camping. Does that count? Haven’t found a way, or looked really but haven’t found a way to make a living camping. Guess if I ever come up with an idea that I can create the gap in online I’ll be able to buy that RV and do both.

    Nice post Steve. I get the feeling that you could sell someone a dead horse. And swear to them it’s rideable… seriously. LOL

    Hope all is going well for you dude.
    .-= Lees Shizzle´s last blog ..Bored – Is Your Marriage Stale? Go See the Date Night Film =-.

    • Off the top of my head Lee, I think there are people who work out of major areas along the Appalachian trail that will bring people out for a week or so and guide them to major areas. I know there ARE people who have made a career out of showing others how to camp/fish in specific regions. Ever look into one of those jobs? (Not sure if that’s what you wanted)

      Anyway, thanks (I think) for saying I could sell someone a dead horse. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not 🙂

  4. What I love is to travel. And I love to write and blog. But how do I become a travel writer?

    I’m in the middle of my law studies, and the only sensible thing to do is to continue on to become a lawyer.

    My point is that it is not always as easy as it sounds.

    But this is a great post, and I’m definitely thinking about it. I just don’t know if I have the courage to go through with it.
    .-= Marthe´s last blog ..Welcome to my new readers =-.

    • Marthe…Obviously you have to take care of business first. But I think way too many people forget about their dreams and don’t take time to pursue what they really want to do in life.

  5. It’s whatever you think.

    If you think you can follow your dreams and attain success then you can.

    If you think you can’t then you can’t. No one can convince you otherwise.

    I think what alot of people don’t realize is how much they do in fact control their destinies.

    Your destiny is sure to come true according to what you set forth, how you think and who you are.
    .-= Omar´s last blog ..How to build an audience for your art =-.

    • Great point Omar. I think there was famous quote that went something like, “if you think you can’t do something or if you think you can, then both are right.” I just butchered this expression, but I’ve found that personal success often comes from simply believing in yourself.

  6. That’s the whole focus of my blog, taking something that for most people is only ever a hobby, and making it pay. I’ve had some pretty unusual jobs over the years that led to me being the onlt librarian with a certificate to change abrasive wheels, and later the only hostage negiotiator trained florist in the country, but nothing beats being able to introduce myself as an online freelance writer.
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..Investing in Junk Coins by Keith Hamburger =-.

  7. I love Gary Vaynerchuk, and I have some friends who’ve followed his model ( I haven’t because I’m already in business for myself doing what I love), and they are absolutely “crushing it”. It truly is about finding something you love to do and going after it.

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