passion http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11461/all en-US Stuck in a Rut? 12 Things You Can Do to Help You Find Your Calling http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camera-4025933-small.jpg" alt="photographer" title="photographer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck in a job you hate but don't know how to get out of because you just simply don't know what to do? Figuring out what you want to do can be scary, because there's a possibility that you may be leaving the familiar behind. But finding a job that's your calling can really make a positive difference in your life. Here are some things you can do to get you closer to your ultimate dream.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Dislike-Your-Boss-21242914">What to Do if You Don't Like Your Boss</a></p> <h2>List It Out</h2> <p>Start by taking 20 minutes to list out the a total of a 100 items. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Wise Bread suggests</a> listing things you want to do, jobs you want, people you want to meet, and more. Don't restrain yourself and write down things that seem impossible to you. When you're done, leave the list alone for a while, then come back to it and try to piece ideas from it. Perhaps you'll find a career path you can really pursue from one of the items.</p> <h2>Use an Online Skills Profiler</h2> <p>You can use this <a href="http://www.careerinfonet.org/Skills/">online tool</a> by the Department of Labor that factors in the type of skills you possess and the level you're at, then it generates multiple jobs that suit your skills. You can then click on each occupation to see its profile and learn about how you can get the job, the median salary, what the job entails, and more.</p> <h2>Start a Blog or YouTube Channel</h2> <p>Don't be disheartened just because everyone seems to have a blog or a YouTube channel. Pick a topic that you're really interested in (anything from parenting to makeup), and start becoming an expert in that field by constantly writing or vlogging about it and getting to know others who cover the same things. Offer to guest blog for other sites to continue that exposure. A career might emerge from this side project.</p> <h2>Notice What You Like to Read</h2> <p>Is there a genre of book you keep reaching for? Take measure of what you enjoy reading, especially the nonfiction books. These may give you a hint of what career path to head toward. From cooking to mechanics, you may discover your true calling in the books you read.</p> <h2>Explore Job Lists</h2> <p>US News has countless <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings">mega lists</a> for jobs in different categories, such as the best overall jobs and best healthcare jobs. Browse through those lists to see if there are any jobs that appeal to you. Take a look at these lists as well &mdash; careers for those who want to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Real-Work-From-Home-Jobs-21415515">work from home</a>, great jobs <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Jobs-People-Who-Like-Read-21847723">for bookworms</a>, jobs for those <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Jobs-Require-Travel-3204508">who like to travel</a>, <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/latest/Best-Jobs">and more</a>.</p> <h2>Look at Your Hobbies</h2> <p>What do you like to do in your spare time? Even though your hobby may seem run-of-the-mill to you, you can perhaps turn it into a full-time job or even just something you can make side income from. For example, if you like making crafts, then you should consider selling your goods on Etsy. Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Money-From-Hobbies-17582307">some websites</a> that may help you genetrate income from your favorite way to pass time.</p> <h2>Figure Out What Parts of Your Job You Like and Don't Like</h2> <p>Maybe you don't like your job, but there can be some aspects of it that you enjoy or that you're good at. Maybe it's teamwork you enjoy or crunching data. Take a close look at what energizes you at work, and see if you can find a career to fit what you enjoy doing at work. And it's just as important to figure out what you don't like at your job, to make sure that your next job doesn't have those aspects.</p> <h2>Read Autobiographies of People You Look Up To</h2> <p>Get inspired by the lives of real people &mdash; past and present. Reading biographies of people you look up to can really motivate you and prod you in the right direction. Just know that most people start out from the bottom to work their way up. For example, did you know that award-winning director James Cameron was once a truck driver? After watching the movie Star Wars, he <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cameron#cite_note-21">quit his job</a> to join the film industry.</p> <h2>Take a Class</h2> <p>Maybe you think graduate school will help you get you to where you want to be. Well, before taking the plunge, test it out by taking classes you would take at those schools. Local colleges generally have courses that match your interest.</p> <h2>Interview People</h2> <p>Do the legwork to understand what a specific career entails. Sometimes hearing about a career from someone who actually has it is a big reality check. Remember the grass is always greener on the other side, and you may not have a realistic idea of the job you want. Invite people who have the job you want out for coffee, and ask them about what it's really like. You should ask several people just to try and get different perspectives.</p> <h2>Give Yourself a Break</h2> <p>The pressure of figuring out the rest of your life can be getting to you and can be a road block. Perhaps you need to just take a break from everything and take some time off to relax. You can spend a weekend away from home (perhaps at a national park) or maybe just let yourself indulge in activities you enjoy without having to think about the real world. When you return home and your mind is clear, you'll likely be in a better position of knowing what you want.</p> <h2>Browse the Library</h2> <p>Free knowledge at your fingertips, courtesy of your local library. Spend a day just browsing the shelves and learning more about topics that catch your interest, and you might find yourself leaning towards an area of interest.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t worry — you won&#039;t be at that job you hate forever. Find a new career you love by starting with these steps. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img width="300" height="95" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Why-I-Didnt-Get-Promoted-26989167">8 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Promotion</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Work-Advice-Women-20s-31940502">How to Deal With the Hardest Parts of Being in Your 20s</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Highlight-Your-Achievements-Work-23352124">How to Sing Your Own Praises at Work (Without Bragging)</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-why-you-settle-and-how-to-stop">This Is Why You Settle (and How to Stop)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-get-rid-of-for-a-better-life">The One Word You Need to Get Rid of for a Better Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/but-i-dont-want-to-secrets-to-self-motivation">But I Don&#039;t Want To! Secrets to Self-Motivation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours">Successful New Year&#039;s Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common — Does Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development career change goals passion Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:27 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 991261 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100 http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4384408269_43d021046b_z_0.jpg" alt="chef" title="chef" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why are we constantly pinning our happiness on events yet to happen?</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;I'll be happy when I get that promotion.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;When the kids are out of school, things will be easier.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Once I'm <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-iq-test-how-healthy-is-your-debt-management">out of debt</a>, I can buy that new [whatever], and then I can move forward with life.&quot;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Maybe these examples are right on the mark.</p> <p>Maybe that promotion <em>will</em> make you happy. Maybe <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-financially-educate-your-children">each stage of your kids' development</a> does become less complicated. And maybe becoming debt-free (and/or making a big purchase) will indeed mark the beginning of a new life for you.</p> <p>Or maybe not.</p> <p>What if reaching a benchmark you've been waiting for and working towards doesn't encapsulate the transformative qualities you'd hoped for?&nbsp;What if you could create the life of your dreams &mdash; now &mdash; for less than $100? Hundreds &mdash; if not thousands &mdash; of people have already done it...including me. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/motivating-yourself-and-others">Motivating Yourself and Others</a>)</p> <h2>Passion-Based Business</h2> <p>Believe it or not, you don't need a fancy degree, large amounts of capital, or to be a high-flying entrepreneur to open your own business. More than anything else, you simply need a passion that drives you. The rest tends to fall into place from there.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In my journey to <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/02/how-i-became-the-professional-hobo-part-i-the-dream-the-decision/">becoming The Professional Hobo</a>, I knew I needed a change in my life. I took a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/05/how-responsible-is-a-leap-of-faith/">leap of faith</a> and sold everything I owned to pursue my dream of traveling the world.</p> <p>With less than $100, I started a travel blog and combined my passion for travel with my financial planning skills to become an expert in writing about travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design. I earned credibility by &ldquo;walking the talk&rdquo; and creating a full-time financially sustainable travel lifestyle.</p> <h2>Merging Your Passion With What's Important</h2> <p>The key to any successful business is that it provides a product or service that is important to a reasonably sized group of people.</p> <p>And the key to <em>being happy in</em> a successful business is that the product or service other people care about is <em>also</em> something you're passionate about.</p> <p>Your passion will drive the business, and the fact that other people care about it is what will grow and perpetuate it.</p> <h2>Ditching the Planning</h2> <p>The problem with making big life changes or implementing new business ideas is our perception that lots of planning is required first. We need a business plan, a perfect website, and to have everything in full operational order before we open our doors to the public.</p> <p>It feels safe to sit back and dot i's and cross t's. We can't fail as long as we're only planning.</p> <p>But life happens while we're busy making plans. A lot can change in a moment (or week/month/year) of hesitation.</p> <p>Although a good dose of planning is prudent, it's also a trap. We can become so mired in &ldquo;the plan&rdquo; that is paralyzes us from action.</p> <p>When I decided to travel full-time, I had many questions and very few answers. At the time, I couldn't even properly define what a blog was! But I knew there was a convergence between my passion for travel, personal finance skills, and other people's desire to do something similar with their lives.</p> <h2>The Three Key Ingredients of a $100 Business</h2> <p>As I continue into my sixth year of full-time travel, my business can evolve with me. I can offer personal coaching, write books, give seminars, host TV shows, and more.</p> <p>The three key ingredients required to make any of these business elements work are the following:</p> <ol> <li>I have a product or service</li> <li>There are people willing to pay for it</li> <li>I have a way to get paid&nbsp;</li> </ol> <h2>The $100 Startup</h2> <p>The concepts above are addressed in depth in a new book called <em><a href="http://www.100startup.com/">The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future</a></em>, by Chris Guillebeau.</p> <p>It features dozens of case studies of people who:</p> <ol> <li>Followed their passion to create a business</li> <li>Spent less than $1,000 &mdash; usually less than $100 &mdash; to get it started</li> <li>Earn at least $50k/year in net income</li> </ol> <p>They are normal people, most of whom don't possess extraordinary skills or education. They just had a passion, an idea, and the motivation to make it happen.</p> <p>For some of them, their business started almost by accident when they realized the convergence between their passion and a market need. Others knew they had a good idea, but got stuck in the planning phases, and it was an unexpected first sale that actually kicked them into action. And for others yet, disasters like being laid off created an environment to seize opportunities that had been on the back burner for too long.</p> <h2>How to Follow Your Passion</h2> <p>Here are some related articles about finding &mdash; and chasing &mdash; your passion, and using it to create a passion-based business that makes your heart sing:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life" target="_blank">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-for-answers-in-life-heres-your-key" target="_blank">Looking for Answers in Life? Here's Your Key</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics" target="_blank">Location Independent Career Basics</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life" target="_blank">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Do any Wise Bread readers have ideas for (or examples of) creating passion-based businesses? Please share in the comments! </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/adaptation-lessons-learned-from-being-unemployed">Adaptation: Lessons learned from being unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">America Is the No Vacation Nation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-same-actions-will-produce-the-same-results-ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-2">The Same Actions Will Produce The Same Results (Ten Tenets for Arranging Your Rich: Part 2)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Lifestyle dream job motivation passion start a business Fri, 25 May 2012 10:24:12 +0000 Nora Dunn 929296 at http://www.wisebread.com Quarterlife Crisis! What is It? http://www.wisebread.com/quarterlife-crisis-what-is-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quarterlife-crisis-what-is-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4930552641_a02b759240.jpg" alt="woman on a mountain" title="woman on a mountain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your mid-twenties or early-thirties is usually when you have the desire to define yourself, set yourself apart from the rest. It is an age of utter confusion and internal turmoil, an age where you constantly contemplate what roads to take and who to travel with. Is it really true? Does something like a quarterlife crisis really exist? Maybe.</p> <p>I recently came across the lyrics of the song &quot;Twentysomething&quot; by Jamie Cullum, and I was completely startled when I first read it. How is it possible to express a state of utter confusion with such accuracy? As the songs title suggests, a person going through a quarterlife crisis should be able to relate very deeply to the lyrics. What is so different and unique about being 20-something, and why have we not heard about this before? Does it only relate to the modern generation?</p> <p>It's an age when we achieve complete freedom to our lives for the first time: financially and psychologically. With technology advancing at the speed of light, the physical distance of the world has been minimized, offering infinite opportunities. Suddenly, after following rules and guidelines for over two decades, we are set free to define ourselves and choose our paths. All the generic milestones have been accomplished, and the universe is our playground. We can define ourselves the way we want, achieve success to the limits we desire, and indulge in life to the extent our morals allow. There is no one to instruct us, no one to lead us anymore. It's like following a guide to the summit and then being left alone. Not only do we not know where to go now, we question why we are here in the first place.</p> <p>For some, this is the most exhilarating period of their lives. They can finally pursue their passions and do what they've always wanted to do. For others, it is when they realize that the job they are in is nothing like they had imagined. They took the first job they were offered after graduation to pay off their loans without ever foreseeing the unhappiness this could cause.</p> <p>And the misery begins. You dislike your job, stop looking forward to socializing with friends and colleagues, stop enjoying the things you used to enjoy, and life suddenly seems colorless and dreary. You have nothing to look forward to, nothing that makes your eyes sparkle or your tummy tingle, and you ask yourself: What happened to the excitement in life, the desire to fly and touch the sky?</p> <p>OK, so things may not be the greatest right now, and life may not seem very appetizing, but there is always something you can do to get back on track, overcome the anxiety, and march towards the path of true happiness.</p> <h3>Know that you are not alone!</h3> <p>Though it may seem so, be assured that you are not alone. There are hundreds or even thousands of fellow 20-somethings out there who have no idea what to do with their lives. Though all your friends may be settling down, buying houses, and getting married, don't be afraid that you'll be left behind if you don't jump onto their boat. Everyone is different and life is not a race. It's the journey that matters. You need to ensure that yours encompasses what your heart really desires. Don't live in fear. Don't be like the bird who never risked flapping her wings but longed every minute of her life to touch the sky.</p> <h3>Discover yourself</h3> <p>Whether this involves going on a short vacation or taking extended time off to travel the world or volunteer on the other side of the globe &mdash; do it! It will help you spend some time alone and give you an opportunity to know yourself better. Don't take the world's criticism to heart; you are not wasting time or being irresponsible. To be truly happy, you need to be at peace with yourself. You simply have to find your passion in life, though be aware that it will evolve, grow, and change with you over time. Doing a nine-to-five job that you already hate will only cause additional distress, lack of motivation, and ultimately depress you.</p> <p>Though finding your passion is a time-consuming process, finding the thing that makes you jump out of bed every morning and look forward to your day is the key to happiness. You've simply got to love what you do to live a fulfilled life. Can you imagine a life where every day is a mystery, something you can't wait to solve or simply indulge in?</p> <h3>Try something new</h3> <p>You'll never know what you like if you don't venture out of your bubble and expose yourself to the world. Try different things and keep an eye on yourself. What did you enjoy? Was there something you were skeptical about or something that made you nervous? What made your eyes sparkle or what makes you look back and smile? Explore the world. You'll be surprised at what you discover in the process. You might share a smile or laugh until your eyes tear up, you might make everlasting friends or maybe even enjoy something you never thought you would. Step out of the safety net and dare yourself.</p> <h3>Don't jump into changing careers just yet</h3> <p>Sometimes, there is a tendency to hop back into school to get a different career. Maybe this one you will love. Maybe this education will not disappoint you. Try to see the vicious circle you may be repeating. Every 20-something longs for their college days. The carefree life, the fearless attitude, and being with friends again can be quiet alluring.</p> <p>Ensure that you are going back to school for the right reasons. I personally believe that after obtaining a degree from college, changing careers may be easier than one thinks. Though additional education will be required for specialized fields, you may be able to get some experience in the new career as an intern or a volunteer with your current qualifications, giving you an opportunity to see how it is before you make a commitment.</p> <p>A quarterlife crisis is just another phase of life, like the teenage years that have passed and the mid-life crisis that's to come. How you go through this phase is partially influenced by past choices, and decisions made here will greatly affect your life to follow. The harder you work to learn about yourself now, the easier you will float through the next phase of your life.</p> <p>So buckle up and take control, experiment and make mistakes, and finally steer your life in the direction that truly makes you happy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Vibha Dhawan. Vibha enjoys writing about life, from questioning the bases of our existence to wondering why we feel the way we do. She's fascinated by little things in life. It doesn't take much to make her smile. Read more by Vibha:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://curiouslounge.blogspot.com/2010/05/date-with-yourself.html">A Date With Yourself</a></li> <li><a href="http://curiouslounge.blogspot.com/2010/06/compliments.html">Compliments</a></li> <li><a href="http://curiouslounge.blogspot.com/2010/07/exs-ay.html">Ex's Ay</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vibha-dhawan">Vibha Dhawan</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quarterlife-crisis-what-is-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-deadly-mistakes-you-must-avoid-when-pursuing-your-dreams">4 Deadly Mistakes You Must Avoid When Pursuing Your Dreams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-money-can-destroy-your-dreams">How Money Can Destroy Your Dreams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-want-to-be-happy-then-heres-what-you-need-to-do">Do You &quot;Want&quot; to Be Happy? Then Here&#039;s What You Need to Do.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-the-lottery-without-paying-a-penny-for-the-ticket">How to Win the Lottery Without Paying a Penny for the Ticket</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Personal Development follow your dreams happiness passion Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:00:06 +0000 Vibha Dhawan 231498 at http://www.wisebread.com How Money Can Destroy Your Dreams http://www.wisebread.com/how-money-can-destroy-your-dreams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-money-can-destroy-your-dreams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/219249582_d5226686ca.jpg" alt="stack of coins" title="stack of coins" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people say that money is evil, while others think money is everything. I don't agree with either side. Money is just a tool, and what you do with it is up to you.</p> <p>Money can control you or it can free you. It can improve your life or it can make your life miserable. By being aware of how money can affect you, you have already taken the first step.</p> <p>More and more people all around the world are waking up to how important it is to follow their passion. Now, this doesn't mean you have to quit your job or do anything rash. It simply means that you begin, in whatever way you can, to follow your passion.</p> <p>Money can be an obstacle when it comes to going after your dreams. Maybe you believe that you don't have enough money, or maybe you believe that doing what you love cannot put food on your table.</p> <p>And maybe you're right. Maybe you cannot make a living by doing what you love right now, but should that stop you from doing it? I believe there's a reason why we're drawn to certain things.</p> <p>There's something wrong with the planet today, and we're the only ones who can change it. That change starts within each and every one of us. As Gandhi said, we have to overcome our fears and be the change we want to see.</p> <h3>How Money Almost Destroyed My Dreams</h3> <p>For a long time, money stopped me from going after what I truly enjoyed. You see, I was a professional poker player for five years. I loved it in the beginning, but after a few years, my interest started to wane. I didn't want to quit, because it was the only way I knew how to make a living, so I kept going, and it kept eating away at my soul.</p> <p>Finally, in early 2009, I got sick and tired of not being completely passionate about what I do. I started building websites, and in late 2009, I started my primary blog which, to this day, I love writing.</p> <p>Writing is one of my passions, and so is helping other people break free from their shackles. It almost didn't happen because of my fear of not having enough money, and my belief that I couldn't make a living doing what I love.</p> <h3>Pursuing Your Passion</h3> <p>I was able to do what I love by being frugal. I minimized my expenses, had some savings in the bank, and jumped into doing what excited me.</p> <p>Money can be a scary thing. I recommend that you avoid making rash decisions, but there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. You can't be a slave to money for the rest of your life. There will never come a time when the stars will align and everything will be perfect.</p> <p>The truth of the matter is that you do not need as much money as you think you need to follow your passion. If you're stuck in a job you hate, but need the paycheck, you can still start doing what you love. If you keep doing what you love, in whatever small way possible, you will eventually reach a point where you can cut back on the hours you work or leave your job permanently.</p> <p>I'm sure a lot of excuses pop up as you read this, but in the end, you have to ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. <em>What really matters to you? What are you waiting for?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Henri Junttila. Read more by Henri at his blog, <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">The Wake Up Cloud</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/8-core-excuses/">The 8 Core Excuses Standing Between You And Your Dreams</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/passionate-habits/">The 20 Essential Habits of Highly Passionate People</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/13-success-myths/">Debunking Myths: 13 Untruths About Being Successful Online Destroyed</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/henri-junttila">Henri Junttila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-money-can-destroy-your-dreams">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quarterlife-crisis-what-is-it">Quarterlife Crisis! What is It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to">Can You Afford to Follow Your Dreams? Can You Afford NOT to?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-deadly-mistakes-you-must-avoid-when-pursuing-your-dreams">4 Deadly Mistakes You Must Avoid When Pursuing Your Dreams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling">Stuck in a Rut? 12 Things You Can Do to Help You Find Your Calling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-good-manners-make-you-wealthier">5 Ways Good Manners Make You Wealthier</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development follow your dreams passion Thu, 09 Sep 2010 12:00:12 +0000 Henri Junttila 231612 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Deadly Mistakes You Must Avoid When Pursuing Your Dreams http://www.wisebread.com/4-deadly-mistakes-you-must-avoid-when-pursuing-your-dreams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-deadly-mistakes-you-must-avoid-when-pursuing-your-dreams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mdanys Flickr.jpg" alt="Caribbean beach" title="Caribbean beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In my last post I wrote about <a href="http://wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">how you can find your passion</a>, but today I want to focus on the mistakes people make while going after their dreams. If you can identify with any of these mistakes, you might want to get it corrected as fast as possible. It will help you get back on track to moving towards making your dreams a reality instead of moving away from them.</p> <p>We often get stuck in arbitrary things. We make excuses. We try to find shortcuts, and we try to do all these things that in the end only prevent us from reaching our goals. If you're really serious about pursuing your dreams and making them real, then you may want to read on...</p> <h3>1. Stopping at Uncomfortable</h3> <p>When you start something new, it will be scary. If you are serious about finding, following, and making your passion(s) and dream(s) a reality, you will have to deal with fear. You will have to accept that being uncomfortable means growing as a human being and making progress towards your goals.</p> <p>I'm not talking about being physically uncomfortable, such as sitting on your leg until it falls asleep. I am talking about being emotionally uncomfortable. Being afraid to take the next step because you don't know what lies behind the next turn. Your journey will be unique, so you will have to learn how to deal with this yourself.</p> <p>Look at it as driving a car: you know your destination (most times), but you can't see beyond the next bend. You still know where you're going, but you just can't see it.</p> <h3>2. Looking for Shortcuts</h3> <p>A lot of people are looking for shortcuts. They are looking for that one thing that will make them catapult to the front of the line and eliminate years off their learning curve. I'm sorry to say this, but it doesn't work that way. If you want to create your dream life and live out your passion(s), you will first have to find your passion and then take action to make it happen. (If you love gardening and want to teach other people how to do it, for example, that's excellent, and you can make a living doing that if you really want to.)</p> <p>Remember, there's always room for those that are willing to go the extra mile. Stop looking for shortcuts and start using what you have. There are no magic bullets out there that will do it all for you. You will have to learn. You will have to work hard and you will have to make mistakes and learn from them.</p> <h3>3. Waiting for Perfection</h3> <p>I'm so guilty of this one. I used to be the worst perfectionist. I still am to a certain degree, but I'm more aware of it now. I am able to let things be imperfect without going crazy.</p> <p>You don't have to wait for the stars to align or for someone to give you permission to go after your dreams. Most people blame their circumstances for not allowing them to make their dreams a reality. This is a big mistake. If you want to live your dream life, do what you love and change the world, you will have to take matters into your own hands and make a change.</p> <p>You can always start somewhere. Don't worry about not knowing what to do. All you have to learn is what to do next. (Maybe you need to start a blog. Do a simple Google search for that, and you'll find plenty of tutorials. Maybe you will even <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/niche-website-failure/">fail at blogging</a> and learn that you like something else instead.) It's all a part of the process. Successful people didn't become successful overnight, although that is what it usually looks like. They often failed over and over again until they found what worked for them.</p> <h3>4. Failing to Listen to Your Heart</h3> <p>Your heart knows things. Your mind...not so much. Your mind worries, it analyzes, it judges, and it does all those things that can easily take over your life. Now, I'm not saying that the mind is bad, it's just a tool, but it has become a bad thing in most people's lives because it has taken over. Many refer to this as the Ego, the Id or whatever you like to call it.</p> <p>Your heart, on the other hand, will let you know when you're on the right path. You will feel good when you're following your passion. You will feel awesome when you're heading in the right direction, and you will feel blissed out when you realize that you have a whole guidance system inside of you that is perfect for you. (But remember, you also have to <a href="http://www.dragosroua.com/understanding-emotions/">understand your emotions</a>, because your heart may be trying to tell you something and you may be blocking it with fear or a surface emotion.)</p> <p>If you want to pursue your dreams, start by finding your passion, then thinking about how you can make it real, and then taking action. It's really that simple. If you want to slow yourself down, then go ahead and pick one of the deadly mistakes above.</p> <p>But know this: you are here for a reason. You are here to have a positive impact on this planet. You know that thing that you feel in your heart that you've always wanted to do? I'm here to tell you that you can do it, if you really want to. So what are you waiting for?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Henri Junttila, a freelance blogger, who also writes about self improvement ideas for conscious people on his blog. Read more by Henri at <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">The Wake Up Cloud</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/discover-your-passion/">Discovery Your Passion in 5 Days</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/generate-ideas/">How to Generate Ideas Out of Thin Air</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/personal-growth-phases/">The 5 Phases of Personal Growth</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/henri-junttila">Henri Junttila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-deadly-mistakes-you-must-avoid-when-pursuing-your-dreams">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quarterlife-crisis-what-is-it">Quarterlife Crisis! What is It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">Sit in on a Class at MIT for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-money-can-destroy-your-dreams">How Money Can Destroy Your Dreams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/long-hours-and-other-employer-demands">Long Hours and Other Employer Demands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Lifestyle follow your dreams passion Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:00:01 +0000 Henri Junttila 5727 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3404247622_160f0c2680.jpg" alt="Caribbean beach" title="Caribbean beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Passion, passion, passion. That's all we hear nowadays. Everyone's telling you to follow your passion. But do you have a clue what yours is or what to do about it? I know I didn't just some time ago.</p> <p>Passion is a concept that seems impossible to grasp, until you grasp it. What I noticed in my own life was that you have to be willing to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to make mistakes. You have to be willing to try.</p> <p>If you don't try, nothing will happen. When I was looking for my passion, I was motivated by the negative. I thought about dying old and regretting my whole life. If I would at least try and fail, I would be happy.</p> <p>I am not talking about trying for a few weeks; I am talking about persevering for your whole life, until you die. If that's what it takes, then that's what I was going to do. Having that determination in your life can really open doors.</p> <p>With all that said, let's look at 5 simple ways you can find your passion. Remember, this isn't meant to be a path filled with roses. If it was, more people would be doing it.</p> <p>The journey can be tough, but the rewards are more than worth it. Imagine doing what you want, from where you want and when you want. If you're instantly thinking of excuses, then this article is probably not for you.</p> <h2>1. Brainstorm</h2> <p>Get a pen and a piece of paper, or better yet, grab a microphone and start recording on your computer. Talking is the best way to be spontaneous, and brainstorming is all about letting your brain get it all out.</p> <p>If you censor yourself, brainstorming will not work. So grab your microphone, and start saying everything that comes to mind when you think about the things you like to do. Don't worry if you go &quot;off-topic&quot; &mdash; just let it flow. Do this for at least 15-30 minutes. When you start running out of ideas, keep pushing, because that's where the magic happens.</p> <h2>2. Engage</h2> <p>It's all well and good to analyze and dream about what your passion is, but nothing measures up to taking action. It doesn't matter if you're not sure about something. Do it anyway, because that's the best way to learn.</p> <p>Think you like gardening, but aren't sure? Start reading, take a course, and engage with the online gardening community. The people that are living the life they want take action. They are as afraid as anyone else, but they do it anyway.</p> <h2>3. Failing</h2> <p>Something that helped me a lot was asking myself &quot;what would I do if I couldn't fail?&quot;, which helped me gain the courage necessary to start <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">my blog</a>. Asking yourself the right questions can often get you into the right mindset, which helps you take action.</p> <p>I'm a big believer in doing stuff, even if you don't know exactly what you're doing. I've learned through personal experience that the sooner you take action, the sooner you can re-calibrate (if necessary).</p> <h2>4. Observe</h2> <p>What have you always liked doing in your life? I realized that I've always enjoyed writing. I want to become an <a href="http://www.aliventures.com/">excellent writer</a>. But I've also always enjoyed natural health and <a href="http://bodyweightrenegade.com/">working out</a>.</p> <p>I believe we all have many different passions, so don't worry if you can't decide, it might just be the fact that you have many things that you like to do.</p> <p>Something I want to emphasize though is that you have to pick one and focus all of your energy on it if you want to make something happen. You can always come back to your other passions later.</p> <h2>5. Accept Fear</h2> <p>Everyone deals with fear. If you're having trouble finding your passion, you're most likely afraid of something. Accept the fear. Easier said than done, right? But it truly is that easy.</p> <p>When you make the decision to do things even if you're afraid, you'll see a dramatic shift happen in your life. You have to make living the life you want THE priority and not let any fears or obstacles stand in your way.</p> <p>It's okay to <a href="http://johnnybtruant.com/do-something-crazy/">do something crazy</a> now and then. I am following my passion and I'm feeling better than ever, but I'm still afraid now and then. The way I get through the fear is to think of what I really want to accomplish.</p> <p>If you want to live a life that you actually care about, then you have to put in some work. You have to bust a few fears and take action.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Henri Junttila, a freelance blogger who also writes about <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">self improvement</a> ideas for conscious people. If you want to keep up with his life-changing updates, <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/feed">subscribe to his feed</a>. Read more articles by Henri:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/discover-your-passion/">Discover Your Passion in 5 Days</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/making-money-online-journey/">My Journey to Making Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/law-of-attraction-explained/">The Law of Attraction Explained</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/henri-junttila">Henri Junttila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/adaptation-lessons-learned-from-being-unemployed">Adaptation: Lessons learned from being unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income dream job passion Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:00:02 +0000 Henri Junttila 5166 at http://www.wisebread.com