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I’m worthy of too much greatness to settle for anything less than what I love to do. And so are you!
I recently did a post What To Do When You Feel Stuck In Your Twenties because I’m in my 20s, and I know this is a time when most of us feel lost. Our twenties are a fun time of partying and traveling the world, but it is also when we start to realize we are adults with responsibilities. Yikes, bills are real.
It is time to get a job, or better yet go after that dream career you had since you graduated college. One of my main points in that post was not to settle. We should never settle because we are all too fabulous for a mediocre life. But if you are reading this post and you are in your twenties or even thirties you should not accept an average life because you never set out to follow your passions. You have time to re-evaluate your life and make a change.
In your thirties? Read my interview with girl boss Jamila Souffrant.
Many times we feel lost because we are not happy with our current situation. Hell yes you’re going to feel lost and unmotivated if you’re working at a retail job from, babysitting, and writing boring papers for a school that’s draining all of your money.
But guess what? There is a way to change that. Some things you cannot change; for example, most of those boring essays are there to stay since you and I decided to get a college degree. And I am with you on that anything not related to my major can feel like such a chore. However, you do not need to feel tied down to a montonous job if you hate it. Find something else to do.
Better yet, follow your heart and make money doing what makes you happy.
“According to a study at Standford University, people who had the greatest financial success and were the happiest all noted that the most important thing they based their decisions on was: PASSION. Not finances, not logic, not practicality, not what others expected from them.”
The Mindbody Toolkit – Dr. Kim D’Eramo
Dr. Kim D’Eramo is an absolute genius in her field and this book,The MindBody Toolkit, is life changing. My mom rereads this book constantly because it has renewed her look on life and helped reduce stress in her life.
I read that quote in “chapter” 9 or tool #9 titled Say “Yes” To Your Yeses. The whole chapter is about how passion increases productivity, how to identify your passions, and why anything less than you passion is not good enough.
So, not only will I advocate for following your passions because I believe it is important, but studies also support me as well. It is so much easier to work 100% towards something you are passionate about than something you don’t enjoy. Kim defines passions as “the things you care most about, and love to engage in, that put you in the positive chemical state whether you are doing them or just thinking about them.” When you engulf in a career you love to do, you are motivated to work everyday and even when you are tired, you know its toward a greater goal.
I love to dance, so even though I am tired by the end of the day, it is a good tired and it does not feel like a chore. Some days do feel more taxing than others, but that is usually when it is time for a short break. The issue with most artists or college students is that we need to have a side hustle to finance our lives until we get our dream job. This is why we get stuck working in retail or restaurants, and I completely understand. We cannot immediately solely do what we want to do if its is not generating money.
So, I have a few recommendations. (In no particular order)
Your Day Job
Most of us need to work in minimum wage jobs in the beginning to save money until we can cultivate our own business, get the credentials we need to further our careers, or pay back those college loans. (By the way, if you are in school, do not let those sit until graduation day. Pay them now! Read more here.)
You should still try to work in something you at least like or you feel can help you in the future. I worked at a restaurant for a few months, and it was not my favorite job because I don’t like serving people, but it was much needed. I saved the most money during that job, which helped jump start me paying off my student loans. If you see a job as a temporary fix for a greater good, like paying off your loans, then it can be beneficial. Go into it knowing that you will not stay there forever.
I also work now in an office at school with arts administration and teaching children dance. Working in the office has taught me I never want to sit in a cubicle for a 9-5 because it is awful, but it has taught me skills using Excel and Adobe that I can use later in life. Working at school is also so convient and it gives me the flexibility I need. Since my work is related to dance, I don’t hate it as much as if it was in a field I had no interest in.
So, try to search for a job in a field that you enjoy even if it is not your dream yet. You will learn useful skills, and it can help you define a better vision of your dream future. Sometimes you learn that your dream career is not exactly what you want when you work within it.
Cultivate Your Hustle On The Side
If you have a dream hustle like photography, design, or social media, don’t wait to start working towards it. You might be extremely busy with school and work, but you shouldn’t lose sight of your own hustles. Allocate time each day and create a schedule so you can get your business going even while you are in school.
If you think your passions can’t become a business, you are probably wrong. There is so much room for entrepreneurship. We millennials are the future and businesses eagerly need our help. We are the digital age, and so many businesses are trying to rebrand themselves and they need our help. If you are good with technology or even social media, don’t let it go to waste.
Even if you are into sewing or baking there is an industry for you. I am a huge advocate for young people creating their own businesses because it is a way for us to be in charge of our success. Why work hard underneath someone else for them to get all the profit? We are brilliant people and we can work for ourselves to make our own money.
Grind ’til you own it! Own your skills, your passions, and know they are worthy of greatness. I made a blog because I wanted to create a business, I wanted something that was all mine. I want to dance and do what I love, but also have a business on the side that can fund my life.
Side hustles are everything. I want to cultivate my business, so one day I will not have to work in a mindless job under someone else. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?
I will acknowledge everyone may not want to create a business, but I just want to stress that we should all follow our passions. You know that thing in your mind while you were reading this post that you know you would love to do, but you are not doing it. Yea, that passion. Before you think it can’t support your life, give it a chance. Google it! I am sure there are people making it happen in that field. Use them as inspiration to know its possible.
Jobs to Make You Money
Here are a list of unusual online jobs that can make you money while you cultivate your passions. Maybe you haven’t left that job you hate yet because you don’t know other ways to make money.
Freelance Writer– If you love to write or you are good at writing, you should consider getting paid to write. There are multiple sites online that will pay you to write and maybe you can even become a contributor to a major site like Huffington Post.
Online Surveys (American Consumer Opinion, Valued Opinions, Harris Poll Online + many more)- Did you know you can get paid to take surveys online? Yes, take maybe 10-15 minutes out of your day while surfing the web and you can get a check. Companies want to know what consumers think about their products and their advertisements, so they pay people to take surveys so they can get feedback!
Virtual Assistant– A VA is someone who works from home and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients. So instead of being someone’s assistant in an office you can work on your own time and for multiple people! Look into Upwork for jobs.
Swagbucks– Get paid for being online, it is literally that easy. Swagbacks will reward you gift cards, points, and cash for doing what you already do online, like shopping, watching videos, playing games, and searching the web.
Ebates– Earn money by shopping online! We all already shop online, so why not earn money while you do. If you shop at your favorite stores through Ebates, it will send you cashback depending on how much you spend!
Check these out! There are so many ways to make money online now. I decided to go with the blogging route, and its been amazing!
The bottom line is don’t settle. You are only doing yourself a disservice and you owe yourself so much more than that.
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