Getting Paid to Do What You Love? It’s Not Just for Superstars

It's not only the rich and famous that make money doing work they love. You don't have to be a superstar to get paid for the things you enjoy doing. Here's what to look for.“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

How many times have you heard advice like that? Do you think it’s true?

People have a tendency to hear that saying and think “But no one would ever pay me to do the things I love.”

What do you enjoy?

I suppose it depends in part on what you love to do, but I’d like to point out that there are people who get paid to: ski, wave at cars, juggle, talk, do Google searches, dance, eat pizza, sell, paint, write blog posts, take things apart (and put them back together again), knock down buildings, plant flowers, make breakfast, type, say hello, etc.

Those are just things I can think of off the top of my head — I’m sure there are some more unusual occupations out there too. So chances are someone will pay you to do the things you enjoy.

It’s a matter of figuring out what you enjoy doing, and how you could get paid for doing it. Usually that involves some trial and error, brainstorming, a bunch of hard work, and some sacrifices. » Read more

5 Powerful Ways to Invest in Yourself

So many great tips here – and all of them are really easy ways to just step back and make one or two small changes that can improve your quality of life immensely. Invest in yourself!You’ll hear it said that the best investment you can make isn’t in stocks or bonds. Instead, it’s in yourself. But have you thought about what it really means to invest in yourself? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not about the money.

Most people think that “invest on yourself” is really just another way of saying “go back to school and get a degree” or “spend money on a conference”. And while you could do those things, investing in yourself is not about spending money or taking classes per se.

Instead, it’s about taking a look at your life to see what areas you could be doing better in and/or at areas you’d just plain old like to explore, and then taking the time to do so. And that’s not limited to formal education by any means. Here are 5 powerful ways to invest in yourself. » Read more

Find Your Passion (It’s Probably Right in Front of You)

Ways to figure out what you love doing“Find your passion,” we’re urged, and everything will fall into place. So we spend our time struggling to hunt down that passion as if it were some sort of elusive beast lurking deep in the jungle. The reality is, your passion is often right in front of you.

You just can’t see it, because it’s covered up with ordinary.

You spend your days going to work, doing what needs to be done around the house, and then relaxing for a bit in front of the computer, TV, or with family and friends.

If you want to find your passion, you’ve got to open your eyes to what you believe in. » Read more

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