What is the one thing you would do all day because you love it, even if you weren’t paid to do it?
I recently finished listening to Super Rich on audio book by Russell Simmons. This book is very inspiring, and I would recommend anyone with an open mind and love of self-help (and yoga!) to check it out.
Russell emphasizes the importance of sharing our gifts with the world, even if no one is paying at first. It can be scary to put ourselves out there, to offer our gifts to the world and wonder if they will ever be valued, monetarily or otherwise, by others. So scary that we might hold ourselves back over it.
Give, Give, and Give Some More
I write because I love it, and I hope that other people will benefit from me sharing what I love to do. What sometimes feels confusing is the whole issue of money.
Aside from volunteer work, it can feel almost pointless in our society to “work for free.” Except that gifts and dreams don’t feel like work. I spend a lot of my time on days off and weekends working on my blog, not because I feel obligated to, but because I love it. It makes me feel like me.
I am not saying that it isn’t challenging, or sometimes I wouldn’t rather go watch a Hallmark movie instead. But I can’t deny that I love writing. In fact, without it I feel kind of depressed and empty. That must be another sign of what you are supposed to do – the absence of it makes you feel sort of lack luster.
In Super Rich, Russell offers several compelling examples of individuals who at first gave away their gifts for free, and later rose to the top of their industry because they did their work with such passion and excellence without expectation of compensation in the beginning (Sean Puffy Combs, among others).
Not to say that these individuals didn’t need money to survive. But they did survive. They most likely had other sources of income at the time. They could have chosen to rely on their current income sources and turned down the opportunity to share their gifts with the world. And still survived.
But they chose to rise above, to do what they were passionate about for the sake of feeling passionate. Maybe they did think someday I could make money doing this, but right now I am giving it away for free. Or maybe that wasn’t even a factor.
Give, Money or Not
What matters is that when the promise of money wasn’t apparent, they persisted on faith. They persisted because they knew that was what they were supposed to be doing. The lack of money didn’t hold them back.
Money is tricky. I have been thinking and reading a lot lately about where money fits in with my dreams, and how I can allow money to help me live my dreams. I am confident that focusing my thoughts towards what I want to see unfold in my life will help me take the necessary steps to monetize my dreams.
What’s your dream? Are you living it, or taking steps to work towards it? Even if it isn’t monetized yet, that is no reason to prevent yourself from the joy of doing what you love. In fact, we are only closing ourselves off to the infinite possibilities and opportunities available to us by not putting ourselves out there. You are too expansive to allow that to happen, so get going and expand your world!