The #1 Key to Getting Paid to Do What You Love

More and more people are waking up to the fact that their life isn’t what they want it to be.

Is yours?

People are frustrated, angry, and confused.

But this is good.

Because it’s the first step.

You have to know what is wrong before you can change it.

I’ve never wanted a job.

I couldn’t survive in that environment. If you’re reading this, you may be able to relate.

However, there’s a big gap.

Everyone keeps talking about going after your dreams and getting paid to do what you love, but there’s little information on how to do it.

That’s one of the reasons I write about this topic. I’m here to do my best to fill that gap, and with this article, I hope to nudge you in the right direction.

I promise no magic bullets, and no quick fixes.

If you want to get paid to do what you love, you have to be willing to take action despite your fears and excuses.

If you do, then you will succeed. It is just a matter of time.

What You MUST Do

The goal isn’t to find your passion. The only goal is to make progress, each and everyday. 

Some of my readers and clients tell me they can’t find their passion, purpose, calling, or whatever you want to call it.

If that’s you, then eliminate the need to find those things. You don’t need to find your passion in order to start.

Passion is just a concept I use to point to what’s beyond it. If it stops you from taking action, get rid of it.

Keep your focus on taking action. Become relentless about making progress and moving forward, because that is what truly matters.

When you become relentless, you don’t become fearless; instead you embrace the fear and learn to co-exist with it.

I learned this the hard way. I spent years and thousands of dollars trying to find a shortcut or a quick fix that would help me get paid to do what I love.

It wasn’t until I reclaimed my responsibility that I realized that it wasn’t about the tools, programs, or coaches out there, it was about me.

The Mistakes Most People Make

Most people are afraid that something will go wrong, so they wait for perfection. They wait for themselves to muster up courage and become fearless.

They wait because they think they have to have more money, connections, or talent. But all of those things are merely excuses that stop them from taking action right now.

Don’t let yourself become one of those people who wait for things to happen. Refuse to become a passive observer of your life.

You are the only one that can make this happen. 

You are the only one that can make the conscious choice to start taking action.

Why Most People Will Never Make It

The truth is that it looks like most would rather stay where they are than take action.

It’s more comfortable to stay put. In the end, it comes down to how badly you want this.

Sometimes losing your job, losing your house, or a dash of suffering is good, because it removes the excuses, and allows you to discover what matters.

It’s not the paycheck, and it’s not the house, it’s your life and how you feel inside.

This happened to me when I transitioned from playing online poker to building an online business. I had been a professional poker player for almost five years, and it was slowly destroying me from the inside out.

I kept playing for several years despite knowing it wasn’t for me, because it was comfortable, but after a while I reached a breaking point.

I made the switch when it became too painful to continue. I was scared. However, I quickly learned that it wasn’t the actual change I was scared of, just my thoughts about it.

We often paint dire scenarios about what’s going to happen if we do something new, but we forget that those are projections.

Looking back, I’m grateful that I made the switch, because I probably wouldn’t be writing this if I hadn’t.

How to Get Paid to Do What You Love

The number one key to getting paid to do what you love is being willing to take action despite your fears and excuses.

You have to put yourself out there. You will face obstacles, you will be confused, and you will want to give up, but that’s all a part of the game.

To help you get started, I’ve pulled together three simple steps you can use to figure out what to do next.

What’s important here aren’t the questions, but that you take action toward what YOU want. As long as you’re doing that, you’re on the right path.

If you don’t know what you want, then start experimenting, because discovering what you don’t want is as useful as discovering what you do want.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. Ask yourself what you REALLY want? What do you want that scares you?
  2. Break down your big want into milestones (mini-goals)
  3. Create your next steps that you can take today from your first milestone

Many of the most powerful tips that will help you get paid to do what you love are simple, which is why most people dismiss them.

They want a magic bullet, but the magic bullet is you.

You are your own guarantee to success. When you realize that, you can begin your journey, because that’s when you allow the excuses to fall away.

The excuses were created by you, so they can be let go of by you.

Now, I’m curious. What are some of the guidelines and questions you use to take action? 

The ones I’ve mentioned above are just a few of the ones I know, so drop a comment below and share yours.

Written on 10/9/2012 by Henri Junttila. Henri is a freelance writer and the founder of Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people get paid to do what they love. When you feel ready to take action, get his free special report. Photo Credit:
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