How to make a living doing what you love.
For far too many of us, work is a dreaded burden to be endured; something to power through on our way to the weekend. But living only for our off time does us a huge disservice.
The work we choose to do is a significant contributor to our quality of life and overall happiness. After all, we spend 40+ hours a week at it, and it dictates how we spend a hefty chunk of our lives. It shouldn’t be a dull daily grind.
I speak from experience. As a self-employed writer, I’m living my dream on a daily basis. But it wasn’t always this way. TRUST ME. Like so many others, I had a string of jobs that made me totally, utterly, completely miserable. But I kept striving for something that made me happy, and eventually, I found my bliss and went after it like Miley Cyrus after a photo opp. There was risk and uncertainty involved, but hell, that’s life. That’s the good life, anyway.
And while you might not be able to call it quits with your job tomorrow, what with bills to pay, mouths to feed and responsibilities to meet, there are steps you can take to start moving towards a career that keeps you stoked to get out of bed every morning. It may not seem simple, but it is possible. No one should be made miserable by their 9 to 5.
Here’s what you can do to start moving in the direction of your dreams.
  • If you’re not sure what you’d love to do, look for it. Ask for it. Release the intention that you want to find something that brings you joy. Notice bits and pieces of what others do that interests you; imagine your ideal work/life situation and what it might look like; think about how your hobbies and passions might play into a vocation.
  • Find things to love about your current job. It could be as small as an annual meeting you attend or a daily task that fulfills you. Focus on that. Put your attention on the positive and you’ll manifest more of it.
  • See yourself doing something you love. Visualization offers all kinds of benefits, and notable people throughout history have often described that they mentally rehearsed the achievement of their goals long before they ever came to fruition.
  • Don’t believe the dogma that dictates an arduous path or a rigid set of steps in order to reach your goal. That’s limiting and discouraging. The universe offers countless ways to live your dreams, often in the ways you least expect. Read accounts of people who’ve found uncommon routes to success or happiness to inspire you.
  • Don’t settle. This is a biggie. I’ve met so many defeated people who settled for a crappy job or a lifetime of drudgery because they felt they had to. You don’t HAVE to do anything — there are always options, possibilities and other choices to make. Not all of them are easy or comfortable, but this is your life — it’s worth it.
  • Listen to your intuition. This advice applies to anything and everything in your life, and certainly to work, too. Intuitively, you know if a situation or career path is right or wrong for you. Tune in. When it’s right for you, you’ll know.
  • Brainstorm. Get creative. People invent new jobs, new industries and new ways of making a living every day. Think outside of what society currently offers. There are always needs to fill and lots of uses for your unique talents.
  • Take risks. It takes guts to go against cultural norms and the expectations of others. Maybe you’re currently a doctor but your real passion is growing organic produce — it’s likely a lot of people will think you’ve lost it if you leave your practice to start a farm. Who cares. It’s your life, not theirs, and the only person who knows your joy is you. Don’t listen to anyone else, and don’t accept society’s limiting beliefs. The possibilities are infinite, just like the universe.
In the wise words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living … I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

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