Editor’s note: This post was updated in July 2018 for clarity and additional resources.
For the past decade I’ve been a speaker and book author. I wake up every day thrilled to run to my computer and get to work!
I am so psyched about my career because I let joy and purpose become my life’s work. We all have the power to turn our passion into our paycheck and wake up psyched every day!
How to wake up psyched every day
Watch the video below to learn my three tips to turn what you love into your career. You can also keep reading for a breakdown of the three steps.
Honor your effortless actions and what you do by choice
The first step is to identify your effortless actions. What are the things that you do because you love them? Maybe you love being of service and on the weekends you volunteer in a soup kitchen.
Or maybe you love throwing parties and you’re awesome at it. You’re the girl that throws the best parties in town and this is your favorite thing on the planet to do. Maybe you love styling your best friends. Maybe you write short stories because you have so many to tell and love creating characters!
Those effortless actions, if you practice them enough, can become your career.
Be willing to work for free — for a little while
This step is crucial. Be willing to do what you love for free for a period of time. I want to emphasize this last part of the sentence: for a period of time. You don’t want to get stuck in doing what you love for free forever, because that’s not going to fly. That’s not a career. You want to be paid for your good work. But there is a period of time where it’s crucial to just give and be of service and get really good at what you do.
When I was running my PR business, I was speaking publicly at the Learning Annex, women’s organizations and seminars. I would talk about how I was running a business at 21 and what I was doing to transform my life. I did this for five years for free. When I started giving motivational talks, I just showed up to my community center and library and spoke for free to learn how to speak in this new way.
It didn’t actually feel like I was doing anything for free because I got so much joy out of it. It was so fun for me. Doing this public speaking for free prepared me for the time when I was ready to start to charge for my trade. I had worked out all the kinks. I felt confident in this new skill, and I felt like I really earned my way.
When I started to sell tickets to my live events and people would ask me to speak I would say, “My fee is this.” It was very natural for me to begin to ask for money because I’d put my time in and I’d nurtured my craft. Today, it is my primary profession.
The time where you are working for free is crucial because it gives you an opportunity to hone your craft and get the word out about your skills. Don’t be afraid to work for free. But only for a period of time. You will know when you’re ready to start charging.
Energy flows where intention goes
If you’re out there doing your work for free for a while, you’re focusing on it. If you’re staying up late at night and on weekends practicing your craft and your work, you’re focusing on it.
Find the time to bring energy to that work that inspires you that you feel passionate about. In a short period of time, that passion will soon become your paycheck. Infusing that passion with your energy will bring forth all that you need to make it your career.
How I followed my passion!
I have one more short video for you! Check this out to learn how I went from color-war captain to New York Times bestselling author.
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