How to monetize your dream and make a living?
We often hear terms like “pursuing dreams”, “landing into a new job”, “launching out”, “starting up” etc. While these are very exciting stuff to think, how do they stack up in reality? is the major question running through most of our minds.
Suddenly, in a fascinating burst of imagination, we start living in our dreams. We dream about doing this, doing that and changing the world. For a moment, we get a euphoric feeling of owning the world and we can do anything we want, only to be struck down by the next wave of thoughts accusing us that dreams are only meant to be squashed down and reality is very different.
I am sure most of you could relate to what I am trying to convey. We need to have dreams as Eleanor Roosevelt rightly said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”, what a powerful statement it is and let it always resonate in our minds.
We have discussed about dreams, but excuse me “dream job”? what is it? I want to be very clear about one thing, “One need to keep their dreams and jobs separate”. You may say that musicians, writers, athletes and artists have converted their dreams and passions into a career which pays and supports their livelihood. Yes, it is very much true and they are the fortunate ones. But, never forget the fact that they had paid a huge price for it in terms of sacrificing most of their life’s time into it. Hours of practice, toil, sleeplessness and loneliness. They had a dream, followed it up with a vision to accomplish their mission. It is not easy and not everybody can afford to do it. If you really have it in you to take that up and your situation supports it, I am not going to stop you.
I know a rich youngster who quit his high paying job to join a music school to pursue a career in music. But how many can afford it? This is a luxury for the majority in the world. I am going to spend the rest of the article on helping those who have a need to stick to their current job and at the same time pursue their dreams with a hope that they would make money out of it at some point of time. I am going to give you three very important steps to follow and these are life changers
- Acceptance – We all need money to run our life, don’t we?. We should always be grateful to the current job that pays for our living. When you consider the millions of people around the world who are unemployed and are ready to do anything for a living, you should consider yourself fortunate that you get a pay check every month. If you have 100 reasons to hate your job, just have this one reason to love it “It pays you to live”. Acceptance of your current situation will take most of your frustration away. Don’t compare yourself with others as you are unique!
- Reflect – As you have accepted your current position, reflect upon your life. Think about what gives you the highest satisfaction, about your passions and the things that you love to do. Also, analyze the reasons that prevent you from accomplishing them. Think about your childhood, about the appreciations that you got from your friends, teachers etc. Prepare a list of items that you enjoy doing. Don’t think about making money through them. Your attitude should be that by doing these things, you are going to just enjoy your life
- Monetize – As you are enjoying doing the things you like, you have the desire and temperament to practice them more and more. Now a magic happens, without your knowledge you are becoming an expert in your chosen area and this is the first step of making people pay for your services. Yes, people will pay you when you offer them your valuable service which comes with mastery over the craft. Don’t think that thousands should become your fans and pay you immediately. Start with satisfying one soul and try to make them pay for your service. This the flood gate that would open up the money chain for you.
- Change – As you have monetized your passion, it is time to take the full leap of faith. At this stage, the money that you make by indulging in your passion should be able to support your basic livelihood. If not, don’t ever dare to make the transition. It is better to be in a job and be happy than to beg someone to make the ends meet. Be very cautious and never let your emotions misguide you!
Let me wrap up this article with a beautiful quote from Jon Acuff in his book Quitter
“Hustle isn’t just doing the things you love all the time. Hustle is doing the things you don’t enjoy sometimes to earn the right to do the things you love.”
I think this statement by Jon sums it all. Folks, the world is beautiful ripe with loads of opportunities. Go ahead and harvest it, but with caution!