What is a passion? and how does that relate to money? And what is a passion income? I like to define a passion as something you love to do. Something you love so much that you will do it even if you don’t get paid to do it. Like someone who loves to work with children would want to engage herself in a vocation that involves working with children and would probably do it even without financial considerations. In some cases you might even pay to be given the privilege to do it.In the context of income-building; a passion income is therefore an income you make doing what you love. Think about that, wouldn’t that be fun? I have a number of my Money Mastery Community members who loves to share and to add value to people’s life. They share the same passion as myself which is to train and to coach. And that would be a good example of a passion income.
A passion can be a job, a business, an activity or an indulgence that you find meaningful, that you can relate to; something that you enjoy and that you can’t wait to do. It is your purpose in life. It is what you classify as fun. It is what you are made for. When your income is a passion income, you wake in the morning every morning and you cant wait to go to work. You whistle your way through the day simply because what you do is no longer work. Confucious apparently said that, “Find a job that you love and you never have to work a day for the rest of your life.”
The same thing that is a passion to one person, could be chore to someone else; such as cooking might be a passion to a celebrity cook but could be a menial task to a maid. As would be speaking to a group of people – it could be a passion for someone but a frightful and unpleasant task for someone else.
Why do we need to find our passion and embark on it? Because let me ask you ….how many life do you have? If you say one (and you should) then shouldn’t you want to spend the rest of your life doing what you really love to do?Discovering your passion is finding your key to happiness and success in life. What you are passionate about, you will do with enthusiasm and energy, which you then will excel in, and that will lead to great success. As an old adage in I Ching says: “He who possesses the source of enthusiasm, achieves great things.” When harnessed well, passion becomes a powerful creative force in literature, art or any other profession or calling, including of course wealth creation.
When you do what you love to do, invariably you will do it better and more successfully. Why? Because passion sells. Passion gets you noticed. Passion adds meaning to your life. Look at Oprah. Look at Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs , Barrack Obama, Bill Gates and Richard Branson… countless others whose passion has gripped the world. People who love what they’re doing so much that even if they put their life on cruise control, they will never take their foot off the accelerator.
Is happiness more important or money more important? If you believe that happiness is more important, then we need to know what happiness is. So what is happiness? Happiness is when you can do what you want to do. If you agree with that then finding your passion is finding your happiness.
Your end goal should be your passion. Money should not be the end goal. However money could be the means to help you achieve your passion. It provides you with the time and the ability to do what you want to do. However if you make money without know what your real passion is then you can still be very rich but possibly still unhappy.
However having said that, there are many who goes to work every day wishing that they can do some thing else. Most merely wishes but never are able to get out of their comfort zone. As work occupies a significant part of our life; working without passion would be like having a dispassionate life. That if you think about it, is really sad. To be willing to compromise on our life and to accept the idea that you can spend 8 hours doing something that you don’t really want to do and that you find little sense in it, is tragic.
Why does that happen? The main reason is simply because we are brought up by our education system and by our society to accept that. The other reason is because a large portion of people don’t really know what their passion is. They don’st really know what they want.
“Most people don’t get what they want in life because they don’t know what they want.”
So in conclusion, to add meaning and purpose to financial successs we must end up doing what we really love to do and want to do.