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How To Generate Income From Doing What You Love

How To Generate Income From Doing What You Love

Everybody says at one point or another that you should do what you love. If money were no issue (which it shouldn’t be), people would just do what they wanted all the time. But is there not a way to combine the two and make your passion your main income stream? I tend to believe that there is.

There are multiple ways to create a viable income through what you love to do. And if you go down the rabbit hole of trying to monetize your passion and come out of it dissatisfied, then it might not have been what you really wanted in the first place. You’ll never truly know until you try.

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Here are 4 ways to generate income from your muse.

1. Get good at it (or great)

Keep in mind that you don’t need to be an expert — you just need to be more knowledgeable than 80% of the niche market you’re targeting. If you want to be a physical trainer, you probably want to try out multiple methods of lifting (you should also ensure that you look the part by being in great shape). If it’s a specific field, read 4 to 5 books on the subject, then try your best to regurgitate the knowledge you retained in your own light. Once you reach this level, your knowledge will become a valuable commodity.

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2. Teach others your passion

Webinars, online courses, in-person coaching — anything that you love can be taught to other people who have the same passion. You can charge a premium if it is something truly niche and you get to be surrounded by a community of people who share your interests.

3. Write an e-book/tutorial

If you don’t want teaching to take up too much of your time, consolidate what you know into writing a quality book that can teach others or show others the passion you have. This option has the added benefit of being passive in creating income.

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4. If what you love is creating a product, sell that product

This one is a no-brainer. If you make paintings, sell those paintings. If you make music or write or build custom chairs and tables, create like crazy and spread them out into the world (for a fee of course).

While these are all simple ideas to get you started, keep in mind that if what you want is to truly follow your passion, then you will do it in spite of the money. The income will be an added bonus, a reward for taking your passion to a whole other level. Your muse should be there no matter if money is being made from it or not.

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A quick side note that’s actually really important is this: make sure to discover your niche market first before you go off selling to the world. You need to address the people you are targeting, figure out a problem they have in their life, and find some way to solve that problem. For example, if you know of multiple 40-year-old men who no longer enjoy their careers and want out of the rat race, make something that could alleviate that pain, such as an e-book or online coaching for how to do just that. As for art, such as music and wooden furniture, there isn’t necessarily a problem you are solving, but maybe there is an absence in somebody’s home, a void that can be filled by your creation. Just make sure that the target audience for your gift is well defined so that it doesn’t get lost in the land of generic products.

Keep trying to pursue your dreams! Best of luck!

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How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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