If you haven’t read my last article about why I chose to become a personal development blogger, then read it now. It will help you understand this post better.
Before we begin, you’re going to need a piece of paper, a writing utensil, and five or 10 minutes of free time. Relax – this isn’t an exam. But it’s important that you take the time to actually do the exercise. Especially if you don’t already know what you want to do.
On Hot Chicks and Guys in Suits
They are two distinctly separate groups that many people find themselves in. One group follows their passions, the other group follows their wallet. I like to personify these two archetypes as the classic business guy and the hot art chick.
Classic business guy is, well, a classic business guy. He has a perfect family, lives in a nice upper-middle class suburban neighborhood, drives a white SUV, and is kind of a dick. Of course, he has a great home life, loving children, and has the skillz to pay the bills. The catch? He’s clinically depressed between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
On the other hand, hot art chick is beautiful, fulfilled, passionate about life, and utterly broke. She definitely isn’t making the big bucks, but hey – she’s a free spirit. She’s doing exactly what she wants on her own terms and she loves it. Except when the ramen supply runs out in her studio apartment. But everything else is pretty good.
What do you see when you imagine these two people? They’re both doing certain things right. After all, classic business guy has enough money to pay the bills and then some, whereas hot art chick is doing what she loves. But they’re clearly missing a piece of the puzzle as well. To use the terms in this article, business guy has mastered “skill” and our hot chick has mastered “passion”.
This article is going to show you how to do both.
Find Your Skills and Passions
Get your paper and pencil ready, because we’re putting them to use now. I want you to draw a line vertically down the middle of your paper. On the left, you’re going to write the header “Skills” and on the right you’ll write (right right right) “Passions”.
You’re going to identify different hobbies and abilities you have that correlate to each area. Skills will cover things that you’re good at or have knowledge in, but aren’t necessarily passionate about. This might include computer programming, typing, or breakdancing. The other side will include anything you’re passionate about. General or abstract things like art, movies, or philosophy will be found here.
If you find something that you have skill for and are passionate about, then you can write it twice. Usually you’ll find that you’ll have a slightly different description for the skill portion and the passions portion. For example, while art might be your passion, painting or drawing would be your skill. The same goes for metaphysical knowledge or even “philosophizing” for the passion for philosophy.
Some sample skills I have:
- guitar playing
- Internet marketing (follow me on Twitter!)
- workout knowledge
Some sample passions:
- women (haha)
- helping others
Chances are, your list is going to be much longer than what I put here. Be sure to include everything, and be extremely honest with yourself. If you’re a big macho guy, yet you secretly hold a deep passion for puppies, then write it down. It doesn’t pay to lie to yourself.
Brainstorm for Various Fulfilling Crossroads
Now you’re going to be creative. Think of as many ways as possible for your various skills and passions to intersect in the form of job and lifestyle opportunities. Write these down too. Be sure not to limit yourself. You’d be surprised at what kind of ridiculous things you can make money from.
For example, if you look at my list above, I could combine guitar playing and music to start my own band. I could add helping others into the mix and become a guitar teacher.
What about other possibilities? I could combine my women and helping others passions with my typing, Internet marketing, and writing abilities to create a website designed to help men become better with women. But wait – I don’t have talking to women as one of my skills here. What then?
Don’t Be Afraid to Stretch It
As you look through your list, you’ll probably come up with some ideas that almost match your skills and passions, but not quite. Make a separate section for these. In parentheses after those ideas add what skill you would need to learn, or what you would need to become passionate about. If the results make sense to you, then keep it. If not, then mark it out.
So if I had all the above skills, but puked out of nervousness every time I even thought of talking to a woman, I would add girl skills in parentheses by my online dating website idea. Then I would decide if it was reasonable and desirable to me to become a Don Juan-style ladykiller. It’s important to be completely authentic when doing this. If you don’t, you’ll end up with ideas that you either can’t do, or aren’t interested in.
Take the time to really create this list to the best of your ability. By the time you’re done you could have anywhere from 5 to 20 ideas that you’re both skilled in and passionate about. Now you’re probably wondering, “How can I take this list and apply it while generating money?”
Stay tuned because in part two (edit: clicky) I’m going to show you how to monetize your idea and finally be able to make money from doing what you love.
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