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Make Time For Your Passion

For me, there aren’t many greater feelings than earning money doing something that I’m passionate about. It’s part of my happiness. No matter how busy I get, I always try to make room for the things I’m passionate about whether they earn income or not. Because my time is valuable, I have to put my time where there is a high potential return on investment (and that’s not just a financial return either). I’ve heard and read about several people who are high income earners but hate what they are doing. Money is only one part of the equation. It’s necessary to block sacred time out to do things that you love, and would do even if you didn’t get paid for it. But here’s the trick, if you do something you love (that provides some sort of service to humanity), more than likely you will become great at it and people will be willing to pay you for your passion. Win win situation right.

At the end of the day, working on your passions gives life to the soul and also gives you a deeper significance as a human being beyond just paying bills, sitting in traffic, and building someone else’s empire. You have to guard this time with your life because you will be a much happier, productive, and loving member of society if you are building something you can be proud of.

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Write Your Own Story

No one can beat you at being you. Sometimes we live in fear of missing out or giving up opportunities because we live from a place of scarcity rather than abundance. Because of this, we can find ourselves not being true to who we are and behaving certain ways in order to be liked, respected, and included. When we do this, we lose our essence and what makes us special. We then begin to live life from another script and not the one intended for us. If we are not careful, we will let our need to fit in dictate what we do, say, and the impact we ultimately have.

We have to dare to be ourselves… to write our own stories, or better yet, live out the one the Great Author originally purposed for us. Some people will be upset with you when you embark on this journey, but this isn’t their life. It’s yours and you alone will have to live with the decisions you made and the legacy you leave. If it’s in you to dream big, then dream big and live a large life. If that’s not your make-up, live according to the pattern that suits you best. Live a real life and not just from a material stand point. Dare to see yourself as your best self and attempt to live from that place even before you get there. Often times, there is a gravitational pull that tries to keep us where we are currently at. Fight to grow beyond this, no matter the cost. There is always a rich reward on the other side of this battle. Start writing out your story today.

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Developing the Habit of Coming up with New Ideas

Have you ever had an idea that you didn’t act on and then saw someone else do it? That has happened to me several times. I was telling my wife that at the beginning of last year I came up with an idea to pay for stuff with our phones. While I was jogging, I realized that if I wanted to buy something while I was out running, I’d be out of luck. Normally I only have my cell phone on me when I run, so I thought there should be a way to pay for things with your phone. And this was before this was a feature on our phones, as it is today. Even though I wasn’t able to execute this idea in a timely matter (I’m sure several other people smarter than I am had been working on this idea years before I thought of it), it was fun thinking about it and even realizing that it was a great idea when I begin to see commercials by different credit card companies offering this service.

It’s important to always be coming up with new ideas and implement the ones that you can. I have some ideas that came to me 10 years ago that I am just now starting to carry out. There are other ideas that I know are great, but I won’t act upon them because they are not my true passion (or I don’t have the current resources to carry them out). These are the types of ideas that I pass along to people that I think will take and run with them. Coming up with new ideas daily keeps you relevant and valuable, especially when you are able to execute on some. The more ideas that you deliberately come up with, the more easily they will come. Creativity begets more creativity.