I truly believe that life is about doing what you love as much as possible with the people who count.
How cool would it be to be able to make money doing the things you love?
Yes it is possible… very possible indeed.
Here’s 8 tips that will help get you started:
1. Nurture the Right Mindset
Mindset is crucial and that’s why I’m putting it number one. You need to get into the right headspace to be able to do this.
If you think like you’ve been defeated, you’ve already lost.
Your mind is your most powerful weapon you have. The products we use, the bridges we cross, and the music we listen to has all been conceived by the imagination of someone’s mind. That’s right – your mind has the power to create something that didn’t exist before.
So here’s the catch… you need to learn how to programme your mind with positive thoughts before you even think about transforming your beloved passion into something you do each and every day.
Throughout this transition you are going to face lots of setbacks and challenges. You’re going to get rejected, told your stupid, and laughed at on occasions; even by people you consider close to you. Most rational people would quit, and rightly so – adversity hurts.
But you don’t have to. Do you see the setback as a problem or opportunity?
This kind of mindset isn’t nurtured over night but begin to switch every problem on its head and think about the opportunity and eventually you’ll start seeing potential rather than difficulties.
2. Imitate but Improve
This is crucial. Unless you have thought of something completely revolutionary, there is already be people out there making a living from the things you are passionate about too.
Take advantage of this. Imitate and watch what they do.
But don’t stop there.
Ask yourself the question, how can I take it one step further?
Easy – by creating new ways to improve how they do things.
Imitate and adapt.
3. Create and give value for free at first
Don’t expect to be paid straight away – you need to create and give value to people for free first. You need to build a good reputation and credibility with people who value what you do.
In the back of your mind, it’s important to have the broader aim of creating things that will work for you while you are sleeping.
To get the ball rolling you may need to fund your passion(s) with some kind of part-time job on the side to get to where you want to be.
This takes time. Remain committed, delay gratification and you’ll get there in time.
4. How cheap can you turn your Passion into a vocation?
Capital is the biggest inhibitor of any passion project. There is good news though… You can learn almost anything on Youtube, and, with the emergence of Crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the barriers are gradually being broken for raising capital for small business ventures/creative projects.
So here’s the question you will need to think about…
Realistically, how cheap can you turn your passion into a vocation?
Nowadays, a lot of passions are service based, which means beyond knowledge and expertise, there isn’t much more you actually need.
In most cases, if you can get creative and find resourceful innovating ways to grow a client base, knock up a few business cards and a website, you’re well on your way.
5. How long can you Hustle for?
How do you react in the face of adversity? Can you deal with those inevitable troughs and peaks? How resilient are you? Can you create opportunities for yourself, chase them leads and follow them through?
Many people will quit their passion projects as soon as the honeymoon period is over. They get disappointed because only a couple of friends gave positive comments or read the blog.
When you’re dealing with those troughs, remember this little mantra and repeat it to yourself: 1 is always greater than 0.
1 fan (me). 1 customer. 1 positive comment. 1 setback/challenge. 1 opportunity.
It’s all greater than zero.
6. Don’t try to become an expert at everything.
Add value where you can add value.
If you are a really good painter then paint.
Don’t focus your attention on trying to master everything though; you’ll spread yourself thin.
Build good, quality relationships with people who can help you. Utilise your network and call on others to help you. It’s reciprocal. If you help them by adding value to their life by using your expertise and contacts, it’s highly likely, if you ask nicely enough, that they will help you.
For a long time I didn’t dare ask for help. I tried to do everything myself – social media, writing, videography, editing, website. This was highly detrimental and meant I couldn’t get good quality articles out as often as I would’ve liked.
Remember, if you don’t, the answer’s already no.
Ask. Ask. Ask.
7. Don’t let it consume you
This is still something that I battle with. When you are truly passionate about what you are doing, it’s hard to step away from it. If you let your passion consume you, you’re life will become very one-dimensional.
Don’t work on your passions so much that they end up becoming a chore that you gradually detest more and more.
Remember, you have other things in your life that make you happy in other ways – don’t neglect these. Find healthy ways to detach and strike that balance in life. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?
I wanted to share my own experiences from the start of setting up Podstel. In this short period, it’s been a rollercoaster of peaks and troughs but if you love what you do, it’s all so worth it in the end.
Thank you for reading this article. If you have any additional tips from your own experiences then I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to include your comments in the box below.