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Following Your Passion Is Not A Desire, But A Need

Following Your Passion Is Not A Desire, But A Need

 

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    Guilty as charged! How many of us growing up have made decisions like this? Never mind growing up — how many of us have made decisions like this as adults going through working life? Sacrificing our creative passions on the altar of making a buck! Do these excuses seem familiar to you?

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      Now that is a question! What would I want to do every day if money was no object? It’s worthwhile spending the time to not only daydream and really imagine our ideal day, but to actually write those dreams down on paper. What would my ideal day look like if time and money were no object? Try this, and you’ll be surprised by the passion it unleashes. Indeed, it is so useful as an exercise that it is one of the first questions the great Alan Watts asked when he addressed an audience of young people.

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        Is it possible to follow our passion and make a living? Ask writers from J.K. Rowling to Zadie Smith, filmmakers from Steven Spielberg to James Cameron, artists from Jeff Wall to Tracy Emin, musicians from Adele to Will.i.am, sportspeople from David Beckham to Usain Bolt. Whatever the creative industry, there are many, many people out there — not just the brightest stars — making their passion pay. It can even potentially pay much more than the traditionally esteemed jobs our education system places on a pedestal.

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          With the explosion of internet technology, social media and freelancing, it is easier than ever to make creative work pay. Indeed, the ability for anyone to self-publish online has been called the new Gutenburg revolution! Musicians no longer need record companies to get started, artists no longer need a sponsor, visual communicators no longer need a film production company. So, if you decide to quit your job to follow your passion, there are more avenues than ever for turning your avocation into a vocation!

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            For other industries and passions, business start-up help is actually quite easy to come by. You can even do it extremely low cost. So it is worthwhile channeling your passion: sitting down, getting creative and making a plan. Definitely look up a mentor who has already walked the path before you; someone who can cut years off your journey and give you priceless insight into opportunities and pitfalls. And if you don’t get started on this now …when will you?

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              A veteran care nurse recently revealed the top regrets of the dying.

              “I wish I had lived my own life rather than how society taught me to live.”

              “I wish I discovered my purpose earlier.”

              “I wish I had taken more risks.”

              “I wish I had taken better care of myself.”

              “I wish I’d allowed myself to love.”

              “I wish I had touched more lives and inspired more people.”

              “I wish I had been a better partner or parent.”

              Now if that list doesn’t prove why following your passion is a need, not a desire, then nothing will!

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                Doing something you hate. Ever tried it? Guilty once again! I’m sure many of us know the feeling. It’s the real life evidence that following our passion is a concrete need. We’re not going to get that time back, and it’s better to realize this sooner rather than later.

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                  “Contentment is the greatest wealth”

                  Once said a wise man.

                  Buddha. He was pretty wise.

                  “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have”

                  Said another wise man.

                  Socrates. He was also pretty wise.

                  “Be content with what you have;
                  rejoice in the way things are.
                  When you realize there is nothing lacking,
                  the whole world belongs to you.”

                  Lao Tzu. Another ‘wise guy’.

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                    “I lived my own life, rather than how society taught me to live!”

                    “I discovered my purpose, and gave myself to it.”

                    “I was brave enough to take risks and learn lessons.”

                    “I took good care of myself, and reaped the rewards.”

                    “I loved.”

                    “I was a great partner and parent.”

                    “I touched many lives and inspired many people.”

                    What do you want to be saying at the end?

                    Thanks to Moga for this inspiring comic strip. You can visit her Tumblr here!

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                    Last Updated on September 26, 2018

                    10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                    10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                    If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. Sometimes you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life. If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out in the quote below, you are going have to experience discomfort and pain in order to transform your life. Any change, whether it be an organisation or personal, can be a painful process. However, the rewards of going through the change process are priceless.

                    “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

                    There are two specific events that threw my life into a tailspin, where for a while there it felt like I was losing control. These two events were, the sudden and tragic loss of my parents, and being made redundant three times in eighteen months.

                    With the third redundancy, I was at my lowest point in my life. I felt utterly useless. My self-confidence was at zero, and I could see no future for me.

                    My life was turned upside down. I knew that I had to turn it around. I just didn’t know how.

                    Then one wet Sunday afternoon, I picked up a book from my bookshelf called ,“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. I had this book for at least a year and had been meaning to read it, but hadn’t gone anywhere near a book for months.

                    When I read this book, I decided that I needed to get my life back. I needed to learn how to heal and rebuild my confidence, as well as my self belief.

                    So I started to read books. I read lots of books about inspirational stories on life, love, and happiness. Personal development and motivational books were full of information, tools, and strategies about how I could take control back and change my life. I would like to share with you the inspirational messages I got from reading these ten books that changed my life.

                    Read these 10 books because I believe they will inspire you, motivate you, and show you how to take action and go change your life!

                      Awaken The Giant Within

                      by Anthony Robbins
                      The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

                      “You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

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                        Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life

                        by Richard Branson
                        Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

                        This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

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                        “As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

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                          The Art of Happiness

                          by Dalai Lama

                          There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

                          “The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

                          Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

                          “Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

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                            The Four Agreements

                            by Don Miguel Ruiz

                            “The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

                            “The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

                            “If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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                              The Magic of Thinking Big

                              by David J Schwartz

                              According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

                              The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

                              “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

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                                Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You

                                by Deepak Chopra

                                Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

                                Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

                                “The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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                                  The Greatest Salesman In The World

                                  by Og Mandino

                                  This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

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                                  This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

                                  The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

                                  “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

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                                    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

                                    by Richard Carlson

                                    This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

                                    “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

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                                      Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

                                      by Chip & Dan Heath

                                      Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

                                      If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

                                      In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

                                      Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

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                                      This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

                                      “When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

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                                        The Gifts of Imperfection

                                        by Brene Brown

                                        Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

                                        Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

                                        Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

                                        This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

                                        “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

                                        These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered hope for my future. I found my courage, strength, and my self-belief. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to take up the challenge and change your life.

                                        “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

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