I have never read something so poignant and hysterical on “how to find your passion” than this singular article, “Screw Finding Your Passion” by Mark Manson.
WARNING : Mark is a fresh-mouth millennial dude… But even this mommy burst out laughing at his refreshing on point rationale and overlooked his use of obscenities.
FYI, I’ve been writing about finding your passion and living your purpose for some time now, and this is the best point of view I’ve come across in a long time.
Live and Blog as a Kid
Stop ignoring your childhood interests, obsessions, and passions (for lack of a better word). Stop searching and stop ignoring! This is exactly why I chose to homeschool my girls, because extending one’s youth as long as possible is just fun-er… yeah I wrote that!
Please read Mark’s article in full in order to put what I’m saying into context.
If you’re not living and blogging as a kid, then you’re in denial. Half the battle is accepting the truth. The next step is to stop ignoring that truth and start living it.
Just as Mark explains, blogging about your passion might not be that gazillion-dollar dream job, but it can still be a dream. For some, making a comfortable living so that you can blog full-time and quit that 9-5 job you hate is a much better use of time and can drastically affect your level of happiness.
I am an author like Mark. I’ve been a writer since I was three. I have published words since elementary school. I wrote about topics relating to my passion, my circumstances, and in order to make a living and build my portfolio “by assignment” throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies. I never thought I’d make a living from writing, because writing was a “means”, not the “end”. For example, I was published in professional academic journals because that’s what you do with graduate research. I wrote grant applications and progress reports when I worked for the government. I wrote press releases to help share public health service announcements.
However, once I started a family and wanted the freedom to get paid at my own leisure, I saw how easy it was to get paid to conduct research, to help others gain publicity for their businesses with my words. I realized writing was an extremely easy and profitable “end”… and writing came extremely easily for me. Once I saw this “end”, everything became more meaningful in my life.
While my niches changed over the years, what I learned is to just dare to inspire, if writing or blogging is what you want to do.
If I haven’t stressed it enough on this blog already: there is still a way to make a living from blogging if you don’t like writing. Vlogging, photo journals, and social media influence marketing are among the many more visual methods of taking part in the internet today.
I totally agree with Mark in that I don’t like 30% or more of my blogging “job”, such as formatting posts with SEO, finding and formatting images, publicizing and promoting the pastas on social media, etc. This is when delegation of duties is key to maintaining your sanity, interest, and most of all, your passion to do only the things you love most in life.
So hop over to Mark’s article now and please hit the back-arrow to comment and share your A-ha moments with me. I’m very curious… are YOU blogging as your younger self now? If not, tell me when and how you plan to make that change.