Getting Paid to Be Who You Are (or why you need to create your own livelihood)

Have you ever felt like there was a divide between your work, and the rest of your life?

Experts say we need more work/life balance. That we need to leave our work at the door, and create more boundaries and limits. (I say screw the experts, be your own authority.)

What if creating more boundaries was actually counterproductive? Maybe the answer isn't trying to compartmentalize our work further so it doesn't "poison" the rest of our lives. Maybe the answer isn't to bandaid the symptoms, but to look at the deeper cause of the imbalance.

What if instead of creating neat little boxes for each area of our life, we tried to eliminate the distinctions as much as possible?

While helping guide hundreds of people to create a livelihood doing what they love, I've found that most people do not want to be able to tell the difference between when they're working and when they're playing. The experts tout separation to find solace and balance. But what people really crave is integration and for labor and leisure to be almost indistinguishable.

Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs that will fulfill this desire. So, if you want to get paid to be who you are, you'll probably have to create your own livelihood. There are three steps and three questions to ask yourself as you embark upon this journey of work/life fulfillment.

Step No. 1
Ask yourself: What am I deeply passionate about? What could I talk about for hours without tiring, and explore for years without end in sight?

Step No. 2
Ask yourself: What can I offer to the world? Where does my passion line up with what other people need?

Step No. 3
Ask yourself: What's incredibly easy for me? How does my story make me uniquely qualified to help people with this?

Of course, the next step is to find the intersection, and build it. Create a blog, share your story. Cultivate a burning desire to serve, and cultivate your skills to become a leader in your topic.

And don't try to make it happen. Know that it will happen and it's just a matter of time.

Walls and compartments are made for machines and kitchen cabinets. Neither of which you are. Your purpose is to become who you are, and make a living doing it.

We're waiting for you to build it. When will you start?

3 Responses to Getting Paid to Be Who You Are (or why you need to create your own livelihood)

  1. Right on Jon, I'm right with you buddy. I believe we must never live our lives trying to fit in cookie cutter lifestyle of the "norm". Normal people live their life day to day feeling "fine", which really means freaked-out, insecure, neurotic and emotional unstable.... I believe if we are going to transcend beyond realm of living a "fine" life we must find and live passion. However, we must not "looking" out side ourselves into the world as if we are searching for something missing. But rather we must look inside ourselves to reconnect and align with what makes us truly feel "alive in side". I believe the 3 question you ask to help us find fulfillment is an awesome start....The only person who can truly determine the quality and standards of the life will live is person we all call "Me". With faith and courage to live your life in alignment with your passion you are destined for an extra ordinary life. Thanks Jon for sharing....

  2. Anonymous says:

    Here here Jon! We can see clearly now the lines are gone...gonna be bright bright sun shiny day!

  3. Anonymous says:

    great post. My partner Sam is a potter and I reckon he does a pretty great job of blending, I set out as an entrepreneur 6 months ago and am working on heading the same way. It takes a bit of figuring out by as you say, if you are clear about your purpose and passions in life, you'll get there in the end!

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