Everybody wants to be successful. At least, everybody that I’ve ever met. But I should clarify success doesn’t just mean wealth or business. Unfortunately the word is becoming more and more associated with both of those things but what I believe it truly means is the achievement of happiness in your life.
Reading that back it sounds somewhat pretentious, which I can assure you I didn’t mean to be. So I shall expand on it further.
For me success is achieving your goals. Those goals could be in wealth and business, but they could just as well be in family, travel, charity amongst many.
You’re probably wondering what I would consider my personal success. Well for me there are many things and a certain level of wealth is definitely one of them. But it’s not the most important one. The most important for me are family, travel and the ability to make a living doing what I love.
In fact it is that last one which I firmly believe is the key to all successes. If you are trying to have success in something that you don’t love then…
Simple as that.
If you don’t love what you do then you won’t have the passion and drive to continue doing it even when the going gets tough.
Of course, it’s possible that you’re not yet sure what it is that you love doing. There’s nothing wrong with that. If anything that means you’re about to take part in the most exciting part… the discovery!
Start by writing down everything that is most important to you and brings you the most happiness.
This is your starting point.
Next, forget for now about coming up with ways to make money from it. If you do that then it’s going to ruin it for you. I promise you that. There’s almost always a way to generate revenue from something you love, but trying to discover it at the beginning has (for me) never worked. Instead it’s come about later once I’ve got further into what I’m doing.
For example, travel is one of my big loves. It always has been. I have a fascination with other cultures, particularly those that don’t use currency. After all, if money isn’t a key part of your society then very different things become important and support from the community is paramount in surviving!
It’s a great feeling staying with people who live like this.
But I’m getting off-track, back to travel.
Okay I love it and I’ve always wanted to be an altruistic traveller and do it to help the people I visit. But I’m going to be honest, I’m not. Travelling for me is indulgent. I love it for the experience and feeling I get from visiting other places and seeing other cultures.
And I’m happy with that.
For a long time I looked for ways I could make a living while travelling, but never found one that suited me.
Yet now, without having ever done it on purpose I’ve found one. I can work remotely, as long as I have an internet connection, from anywhere!
And I love it.
But even better, I’ve recently started a new site with two friends, Mark Eveleigh and Narina Exelby called Kitbaggers which is a travel blog. Admittedly it’s Mark and Narina’s travel blog, but I’m doing the marketing side and I may be able to persuade them to let me write the odd article when I’m out and about.
So, if there’s one thing I would like you to take away from this blog post. It’s that you should do whatever you love doing. It doesn’t matter if it makes you money, start doing it today and you may find that tomorrow, next week, next month or next year you are able to make a living from something you never thought possible. Take action and don’t be afraid.