There’s big money in the “doing what you love” thing. Why? Because everyone wants to do what they love and get paid for it. Because there are those who can do what they love.
Those who have managed to do what they love are making a handsome income and inspiring millions around the world.
But why have so few managed to do what they love? Maybe because we don’t know what we love.
Because we don’t know how to make a living doing what we love.
Because we are not willing to do the hard work.
Because we’re not brave enough to embrace uncertainty.
Because we were taught to follow the conventional thinking in today’s world.
Because we have failed badly and are not willing to take more risks.
This list goes on and on.
For whatever reasons, what I keep in mind is that there are people out there who are making a living, some a fortune, doing what they love. I know that I can too.
So I have and will continue to learn from them, take the responsibility to make it happen, decide to try and embrace all my doubt and uncertainty and question conventional ways of thinking.
I know YOU can too.
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My decisions to try gave me my previous and current jobs.
My decisions to try have pulled me far. A lot of my successes came with my decisions to try.
Some time ago I made it my habit to decide to try when I was skeptical or unsure, as long as it was something that might give me what I want. And that’s when my life situations started to improve.
Later on I saw this quote.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” ~Zero Dean
In my experience, I could have waited in most situations until everything is perfect. In fact, I did, a lot at first. But what I learned then was that nothing will ever be perfect and that a lot of the time spent waiting was the time wasted.
My boy, now 28 months old, loved it when I read this to him, when he was just a few months old! There were times when he grabbed the book and came to me as if he was asking me to read it to him.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss sums up life in an amazing way, with inspiring advice.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step,
step with care and great tact
And remember that life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
Enjoy this video! Of course, I highly recommend you get your kids to enjoy it too!
A smile from my boy that always lights up my day
When you feel unattractive, smile. People are attracted to people who smile.
When you want a happy environment, smile. Smiling is contagious.
Feeling bad? Smile. It will help you feel better, emotionally and physically.
When you feel overwhelmed, smile. It will calm you and release the tension.
If you’re worried about something coming up, or caught up in something unpleasant, smile. It reminds you about what life is about: Living, not worrying nor getting caught in the life storms.
Smile if you want to improve how others perceive you.
Smile more if you want to connect with others, even in a different culture. Smiling is appreciated universally.
Smiles put your world (and others’ around you) in order.
When you don’t feel like smiling for any reason, remember these:
“Courage = Putting a smile on your face even when things suck.” ~Unknown
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hahn
I don’t know if I can do it, if I have the skills necessary to succeed in it, if I have the time. I don’t know.
Not knowing is not as important as being willing to know.
If you don’t know, you can learn and know that you can do it, that you can have the skills necessary to succeed, that you can make time.
In most of my experience, ‘not knowing’ was an excuse I could give myself when I’m ‘not willing to know.’
Success starts with your willingness to know.