"Sure, that's what I love, but can I get paid to do it ???"
Yes, that's the million dollar question. When it comes to discovering what we really love doing, we wonder if others think what we do is valuable enough to pay cold hard cash for us to do it. As I coach people in this area, I typically hear something like, "Sure I'd LOVE to do that full time, but I still have bills to pay!"
I'm convinced that too many quit too soon when it comes to "making cents out of life." They'd love to turn their dreams into reality - but reality gets in the way. "I've got bills to pay." "I don't have time!" "I have kids." So, they settle for doing something they don't love, sometimes even loathe, often feeling trapped by the finances of it all. Sad, but true.
No, don't be naive, irresponsible or unwise when it comes to this... but here's three pieces of advice for those seeking to turn dreams into financial reality.
1. Focus it. Get really clear on what you do best and what you want to do. Write it down. Read on it, think on it, learn from others who do similar things, and practice it. Even if you don't start out as THE expert, by focusing, you can become at least AN expert. As it's been said, "few things are created and perfected at the same time." Start by knowing what you want to get paid to do now... OR someday.
2. Find the Niche that Needs it. Since its likely that all people don't need what you do (at least to the same degree), it helps to narrow your niche to those who could most benefit. There really are those out there whose lives would be incomplete without receiving what you have to bring. Do you believe that? Many of those people would gladly pay for it, if they knew the value they would receive.
Who are those people?
Why do they need what you can uniquely provide?
Where are those people? How can you connect with them?
When you understand and really value what you do best, focus on it, find your niche and formulate a gameplan, YOU CAN MAKE CENTS OUT OF LIFE. And have fun along the way!
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