How To Convert Your Passion To Income

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Did You Know That Living Off Your Passion Is a Right – For Everyone?

I bet you there’s something you love doing that someone else would be happy to pay you for right this second.

Let me ask you a few questions:

1.  What are the things that consistently allow certain people to build a business and living around the things they love most, but allow the other 80% of the world to continue to drag themselves, day in and day out, to a job they can’t stand?

2.  Why can some people charge seamlessly from one creative endeavor and passion project to the next, experiencing all sorts of success along the way, while many others can’t take the first step to finding their passion, let alone building a career around it?

As it turns out, the answers are pretty simple…

The passionate people simply know what’s actually possible.

They are crystal clear about the steps that work, so they don’t think twice in applying them to whatever the excitement of the day is.

The rest of the world doesn’t know the first move to distinguish up from down.

“It doesn’t have to be that way”………says Scott Dinsmore (the founder of Live Your Legend, and the author of Live Off Your Passion: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Passion and Getting Paid to Do Work You Love.)

Living Off Your PassionLiving Off Your Passion Is a Right – For Everyone

Living off your passion is more possible than most realize.

You just have to condition it.

By following Scott’s 3 steps below, you can monetize your passion in record time if you want it badly enough.

The 3 Sacred Steps to Converting Passion to Income

 1. Separate passion from reality.

Start with brainstorming your passion projects in a way that encourages success.

As humans, our immediate reaction to someone’s new idea (or our own) often is to figure out why it won’t work.

The problem is that when you get critical of something the moment the idea comes up, it gets stomped out immediately.

But if that idea were given say five or ten minutes of brainstorming whiteboard action, along with a solid dose of open, creative and non-critical discussion, it’s very possible that the idea would turn out to have some merit.

This happens with passion every day—even if we’re just doing it in our own head (which is the most likely and most dangerous case).

A lot of times when we task ourselves to think of our passions we only allow ourselves to play in part of the sandbox.

Since the end goal is to find something we can make a living from, we subconsciously discard the ideas that are totally off the wall.

We stifle our creativity without even knowing it.

In order to have a fighting chance at developing world-changing business ideas or personal passion pursuits, you absolutely must separate the creative and the critical stages.

Brainstorm your most far-out dreams of passion careers you can think of.

Then wait for at least a few days if not a week or more before you start to get practical and critical.

Mark my words”, says Scott , “for every wild idea you come up with, I’m sure there’s already someone out there making a great living off it (and that’s a good thing)”.

 2. Be the expert you already are.

One of the most common barriers keeping people from making money from their passion is the belief that you don’t know something well enough to get paid to teach it to someone else.

That’s just flat wrong – You know more than you think.

Being an expert is purely relative and based largely on perception.

The crazy thing is once you find something you’re passionate about, you’ll likely realize it’s something you’ve been learning and improving upon for years and maybe even decades.

You have more experience with your passion than likely 99% of those around you, simply because you love doing it.

If you’ve been on this earth for at least a couple decades, I guarantee you’re an expert at something.

Give yourself some credit.

Find what it is and find the people who desperately need your help.

Combine the two and living off your passion starts to become a reality.

3. Do the impossible.

We’ve been largely conditioned that it’s not possible to build a career around passion.

So many people hate their jobs and many of us have decided to accept that as a fact of life.

I did too, right up until I started meeting people who showed me another way.

  • Listen Carefully.

The most crucial ingredient to loving your work and living off passion is to surround yourself with people already doing it.

You must reverse the brainwashing.

Spend time around enough people living squarely in their dreams, and living off passion not only becomes possible, it becomes probable.

That shift in psychology will change your world.

Once someone knows the process and is convinced not only that it works, but that it is indeed possible, their creative and business potential becomes limitless.

It’s just a matter of time before they turn the passion of their choosing into a full-blown career.

Start surrounding yourself with people doing the impossible.

Don’t look back.

Often the first step to living off passion, and the most realistic for those scared of the threatening income gap, is to start working with people one-on-one.

Remember, there are things you are better at (and enjoy more) than the great majority of those around you.

There are also people actively looking for the expertise you have.

Find the right connection and you could begin making money from a passion tomorrow if you wanted to.

The great majority of people who have not been able to monetize a passion does not come down to lack of skill, nor lack of credentials or lack of experience.

It comes from lack of creativity and courage.

Combine those two with something that makes you come alive, and the world will be beating your door down to give you their money.

It’s that powerful.

And it’s that fast.

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20 thoughts on “How To Convert Your Passion To Income

  • October 4, 2014 at 9:16 am
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    this is incredible advice. i am trying to turn my passion into income and i some times get overwhelmed or lost in the steps i should be taking. but i really should be brainstorming more and making it happen! i love that quote too- for every wild idea you have someone is making a living off of it. YES! thanks for the post, it’s completely inspired me.

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    • October 7, 2014 at 6:54 am
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      That is awesome, Ashley! Thank you for sharing – and overwhelm will come in any business – I’ve learned systems that help tremendously – my overwhelm then came in not teaching this to others – but, in writing it out with clarity so others could follow.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 9:58 am
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    I have found that when you follow your passion, everything falls into place. There is a book out, “Do what you love and the money will follow” – I didn’t really believe that until I followed my passion and my life is awesome right now.

    I love your remark to “Do the Impossible!” Amen!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • October 7, 2014 at 6:52 am
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      So nice to hear, Paul – thank you for sharing that! I have to have a passion for what I do, or it just isn’t fun! 🙂

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  • October 4, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    Very good article on following your passion and how to do it. Inevitably when we are passionate, it pays off. I’m a conventional person living with an unconventional guy. Hope we rub off the good stuff on each other. 🙂

    Lily

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    • October 7, 2014 at 6:51 am
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      Hi Lily, I enjoyed Scott Dinsmore’s article and it was genius that Joan shared this for my blog – and I am thankful! Yep – when we have a partner we either mirror and help each other or mirror and can’t stand that! lol

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  • October 4, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    Awesome post on the realities of making a living from your passion. As a serial entrepreneur who does charge ahead, I know how hard it can be to take the leap of faith and face the inner demons as well as naysayers and just go for it. But it is so worth it when it all starts working. I agree that lack of creativity and courage are big inhibitors when it comes to making money! So much great info here!

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    • October 7, 2014 at 6:48 am
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      Thank you, Minette – I also identified with Joan’s article on Scott Dinsmore (the founder of Live Your Legend) and his writing!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    Love Scott Dinsmore and what he has done. That’s one of the tricks to living your passion – find who has done what you’d love to do and follow their footprints until you start to make your own tracks. Enjoyed reading this post – thanks.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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      Thanks Mel – Joan reviewed his information wonderfully –

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  • October 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    I love the idea of being an expert in what you already know. We always believe that we don’t know much of anything, completely forgetting all the times in everyday life when we solves someone elses problems or offer up solutions when a question is posed.

    We need to be more aware of our own knowledge and use it to help others and make a little cash if possible 🙂

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      Thank you, Victoria – Yes being the expert that we don’t even know we are takes inner knowing and acceptance! 🙂

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  • October 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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    Great post, Joan. I like your tip about finding people that are already living out their dreams. Nothing else encourages me like seeing my fellow marketers succeed.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm
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      Thank you, Aver. Yes Joan selected the perfect information for my type of audience and what I like to share.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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      So glad you enjoyed, Thanks Meck! 🙂

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  • October 5, 2014 at 12:30 am
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    People are different and the reasons behind not moving forward aren’t always rolled into having enough courage or creativity; it’s the steps that follow that stifle the passion inside for many people.

    I hear the same complaint all the time. What do I do AFTER the product is created? It’s the unknowing that kills the dream for many passionate individuals. Sad, but true.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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      Thank you Bonnie – yes I agree – the courage and passion to move forward start us and then we get road blocks that stop us – and it takes a different approach – it seems to go in steps like that until we have our confidence and systems in place – so glad you stopped by!

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  • October 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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    I agree Donna. Having a passion for what we do and getting paid or to live off of what we love is great. I know many people who do not believe they can do it, and they hate their jobs yet they believe they will have to be there forever. Also your tips on being the expert are right, we are all experts at something or can be. Great content Donna!

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    • October 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm
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      Thanks again, Jaye – Sometimes it takes a long while and courage to make decisions that are better for us.

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