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You Mean I Can Get Paid To Do That?

Have you ever watched a professional athlete or star musical performer and said to yourself, “It must be great to do what you love and get paid for it.”  It is a great thing, and not just for financial reasons. Research confirms that doing work you love increases your productivity and enhances your health. Conversely, working at a job you can’t stand can have disastrous, even fatal, consequences.  One study suggests it increases your risk of developing heart disease by nearly 80%! 

Unfortunately, too many people feel stuck in a career they don’t especially like and don’t know how to make a change. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 3 actions can you take toward doing work you love every day and being able to make money from it:

1. Confront your limiting beliefs.  Fear that you’re not good enough, not important enough, or not “ready for prime time” make you procrastinate, overthink or fail to act at all. If negative thoughts like these are holding you back, ask yourself – is it true?  The answer is almost always “no”. Even where there is a grain of truth, recognize that no one is perfect. Forgive yourself and take positive action that boosts your self-esteem.

2. Set attainable goals.  It’s great to know what you want to do in life. But in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”  The best way to get things done is to create a series of small goals and check one off your list everyday. Even if you don’t accomplish every last one of them, you will still have made progress that will add up to success.

3. Don’t give up. Don’t admit defeat the first time you face a challenge. Even if you need to adjust your plans, you’ve still gained valuable knowledge and experience that you can use on your next project. That’s often easier said than done. But at the end of the day, if you don’t take a chance and go all in for your dream, you’ll never know what you might have accomplished.  

Maybe you are one of those people who turn a beloved pastime into a significant source of income. Or perhaps you find ways to bring more life into your current job. In either case, making a career change automatically brings you together with like-minded people who share your passion. That's a priceless benefit, especially later in life when making new friends might not seem to be so easy.  


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