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.