How To Charge Money For Your Passion


 

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Disclaimer first: I always emphasise that you can prioritise your passion(s) even if you’re only a beginner or simply don’t want to ever make money from them. That’s still true.
 

However, a lot of Wild Spirits do dream of making their passion their income or business. Most of them have no idea where to start, and the internet is full of “how to make money doing what you love with no preparation and no investment!” type of scams.
 

Your mission is to learn how to turn your passion into profits.
 
 

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Task 1: Sort out your mindset

 

Attitude is everything in business. Even if you work online, it’s as though people can smell if you’re not sure about yourself. Best to get a few things straight from the start:

  • You absolutely deserve to be paid for what you contribute.
  • Realise that it’s really about an exchange of energy: your passion for money.
  • Do some market research to get an idea of what others are charging.

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Task 2: Be ready to invest

 

50 years ago, you needed money for premises, staff, stock, etc. to start a business. These days we can work from home and online, whether we’re selling arts and crafts or provide a service.
 

It’s a lot cheaper, but it’s not free. A website alone doesn’t get you customers; you need money for marketing/advertising, and most of all you need to learn how to spend that money, or you’ll end up wasting a fortune.
 

I’m not an affiliate of Maire Forleo’s B-School, so I can recommend it without bias. It’s the best program around! To get started, you have to sign up early in the year (it usually starts in March).
 

If you’re broke, look into my Wild Money program. And if you’re too broke for that too, download the free “10 Ways To Get Money For Anything, Fast” cheat sheet on the same page.

Are You In Limbo? Here’s How To Get Out


 

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Preparing for the big leap of giving up my daytime job and making my business my living, I was working all hours. I hadn’t been to the woods for archery in weeks.
 

These things happen, and they’re ok, as long as they’re temporary. But often we’ve got a dream, a plan, a passion, and it just isn’t happening. The circumstances aren’t right, we keep putting it off and exist in limbo.
 

Limbo is not meant to be a permanent state. Anything over, say, three months, and you need to snap yourself out of it. Here’s how.
 
 

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Task 1: Come clean

 

Take stock and be brutally honest. Do you really have “no time” or do you just like to spend a couple hours a day on Netflix? Are you really “completely broke”, or could you work in a cafe one evening a week to earn extra cash?
 

Also realise that circumstances will never be right. If you’re waiting for the universe to send you an invite, you’ll still be waiting ten years from now. Make a decision to get going right now.
 
 

Task 2: Beat the overwhelm

 

There’s something comforting about limbo. You can’t fail if you’re not doing anything, after all.
 

It can be overwhelming to try and think where you’ll even start! Therefore, structure your goal by doing the following:
 

  • Brainstorm every last task you’ll have to do.
  • Sort out what needs to be done a) at first, b) soon, c) mid-term, d) long-term

Once it’s in writing, it’ll seem a lot less daunting.
 

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Task 3: In limbo no more

 

This is where it gets hard. When we’re in limbo, we hate action. Planning is fine, “tomorrow” is fine, but now? Today? Nah.
 

Trick yourself by scheduling one task you listed under “at first” for today. The next you put in your calendar for next week. And then the third, two days after that.
 

Give yourself permission to start slowly, because hey! Yesterday, you weren’t going to start at all. It’s not failure, it’s success, and brilliant. Keep going.

Break The Vicious Cycle Of Perfectionism And Fear Of Failure


 

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One thing almost every one of my clients has in common is a belief that they somehow fail at life. I usually spend a lot of time assuring them that they’re doing well.
 

There are many aspects to why we feel bad about ourselves, but a lot of it has to do with the modern world of interconnectedness and the way we see so much apparent “perfection” on social media. Our competitive upbringing is to blame as well.
 

Your mission today is to learn how to break the cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure, and security thinking.
 
 

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Task 1: Where does our perfectionism come from?

 

I believe a number of factors work together here: We’re brought up in the spirit of competition (who’s best in class, who’s the fastest in sports…). We’re also taught to fear mistakes (that’s how school exams are graded by, after all).
 

By the time we’re grown, we’re conditioned to fear mistakes and compare ourselves with everyone else. Our parents and grandparents had their neighbours or colleagues to compare themselves to – thanks to social media, we have hundreds of people plus celebrities! No wonder we feel like we don’t measure up.
 
 

Task 2: Learn to recognise the consequences

 

All this has consequences we’re not even aware of a lot of the time:

  • We look to feel secure, and that means playing it small.
  • No risks or new ventures we might be “bad” at.
  • Perfectionism and the fear of visibility.
  • Overachieving and burning out.

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Task 3: Break the cycle

 

You may have guessed by now that breaking this cycle of perfectionism and fear of failure isn’t a quick or easy task. It’ll require long-term commitment. Here are some easy first steps to get you started:

  • Try not to judge anyone for 24 hours (people you know, politicians, …).
  • Meditate on the concept that everything is worthy just by being.
  • Look for ways of celebrating other people’s successes. Notice your feelings.
  • Take regular breaks from social media.

The One-In, One-Out Method Of Having Enough Time


 

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I’ll talk about prioritising passions until the cows come home, but the last thing I want is to add more stress to your life. Passions aren’t supposed to be yet another item to fit into your schedule.
 

Fortunately, there’s an elegant way of making space for your passions whilst at the same time easing the overall pressure on your time. It’s very clean and logical, just like maths!
 

Your mission is to learn the one-in-one-out method.
 
 

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Task 1: Learn the method

 

The basic principle is that for everything you add to your schedule, you take something else out. Sounds easy, right?
 

The rub is that most of us are too busy as it is. Adding in passion just by eliminating an equal number of chores doesn’t cut it. Passions don’t fit in neat slots; they require peace of mind as well as simply blocks of time.
 

That’s why it’s important exactly what you add into your schedule. You’ll learn this in Task 2.
 

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Task 2: What to add to create enough time

 

Get pen and paper and write down the following:

  • Anything passion related you’d like to create time for (i.e. practice the guitar, read up/study your chosen subject).
  • Find an equal number of chores or other items in your schedule that you can eliminate. Be ruthless!
  • Now, find an equal number of self care acts (anything from doing nothing to taking a walk in nature).
  • Again, find the same number of chores or other items you can remove from your schedule.

This may sound crazy, but I promise you, it’s always doable. The truth is, you only have 24 hours a day. If you’re not letting go of some things, you won’t make room for others and create more space and peace of mind.

Can You Endure Happiness?


 

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Whenever I bring up this subject, people are incredulous. “Give me happiness, I’ll endure it!” they laugh. In truth, nobody is happy most of the time, because how happy we feel is habitual. I’ve called it the “happiness thermostat” in the past.
 

T. Harv Eker teaches something similar in terms of money. There’s a reason why 98% of lottery winners end up broke. They’re not stupid; they just don’t have their financial thermostat set to wealth.
 

Your mission is to learn how to increase your happiness capacity.
 
 

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Task 1: Determine your happiness level

 

Remember a time when you were intensely happy. Maybe you fell in love with the partner of your dreams or you got a great job. Try and tap into the actual feelings of happiness then.
 

Then try and remember how long these feelings lasted. You may still be happy in your relationship years later, and that’s great. But maybe something else went wrong in your life in the meantime?
 

Be very honest with yourself and determine how much of your time you spend happy, sad, indifferent, depressed, moody, content…
 

Task 2: Escape the tyranny of positivity

 

I’ve talked about the tyranny of positive thinking before. It’s not a matter of never feeling any anger, sadness or disappointment. These things are part of life.
 

We’re talking about a habitual state of mind here, which is much harder to pin down. You need to observe yourself, so this task goes beyond the video. Be sure to notice, but not judge when you feel bad.
 

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Task 3: Steps to increase your happiness capacity

 

Now you’ve got an idea on your own happiness level, here are some steps to increase it:

  • Read The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Use his affirmation every day.
  • “Check in” three times a day, and consciously remind yourself of what’s good in life. Set reminders on your phone.
  • Establish a morning routine to set yourself up for a happy day.
  • Practice gratitude.