Look around you. Look at your friends, family, and even your co-workers. How many of them would you say love going to work every day? How many of them do you believe finish every day with a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of joy?
Now ask yourself how many seem to be going through the motions, living their lives in a “have to” world.
Their eyes are downcast, they say “good morning” but you can tell they don’t feel good about it. They sort of chug through the day, downing coffee to keep from falling asleep. They’ll sneak an extra five minutes at lunch, because even a measly five minutes away from their job is worth it. This is illustrated beautifully in the movie Office Space (which I definitely recommend you see if you haven’t already).
Which group are you in?
There are many reason why people end up in jobs they do not love, but nearly all of them boil down to one thing: A feeling of having no choice.
So the question then becomes, why do so many people feel they have no choices in life? The answer of course is social conditioning, beginning as a child and continuing through elementary school, high school and beyond. Most of us are raised from a young age to expect life to be hard, to expect to work a job that brings us no joy, and to expect to struggle with money. Consequently we make choices that bring our expectations to life.
The truth is you can do what you love! There is nothing to stop you expect your own mind! Stop!
Who is the first successful person who pops into your mind? It can be anybody, someone you know, a celebrity, it doesn’t matter, just go with the first person you think of.
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I’d be willing to bet that person is doing what they love? Would you agree?
Oprah, Donald Trump, Larry King, Bill Gates, all of these people achieved success by doing what they loved to do!
The truth is all of the most successful people in the world got there by doing what they love. Very, very few people have become truly successful doing something they hate or even dislike. Some people realize short-term success doing something that is less than fulfilling to them, but more often that not lose interest sooner that later.
In order to do what you want, and achieve prosperity through it, you first have to know what it is. If you already do, great! If not you need to discover your inner passion and then act on it. Think back to when you were a child, what did you tell people you wanted to be when you grow up? What courses did you enjoy most in school/university? Did you believe them behind for more “sensible” things? Maybe it’s time to go back and revisit them.
Don’t make the mistake of doing something just because someone else was successful at it, even if you greatly admire the person. If you do this, you are being motivated solely by money, which will actually inhibit your success. Just because Donald Trump made a fortune in real-estate does not mean everyone should be in real-estate.
Once you know what you want to do, visualize it. Imagine what it will be like to be living that live, and visualize it. Hold that image in your mind as much as possible. Don’t think too much about how to achieve it, and never ever think about what’s standing in your way. Focus on only one step at a time, and take that step, and then focus on the next on.
Surround yourself with people who are doing what they love, and learn from them. Learn to ignore those who would keep you down and throw water on your flames. Rest assured people will try, and it will probably be some of the people closest to you, but do not let them.