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It’s a Living…

If you’re not living the life of your dreams right now, it’s not because you don’t know how.

There’s a good chance you know exactly what it is that you love to do.  It’s that thing that feels totally natural.  The thing you do that you feel like you could do all day, every day and never get tired of.  When you do it, that’s when your true talent and unique gifts are being used to their fullest.

So why aren’t you doing it every day?

There’s nothing or no one that can stop you from doing what you love.  Provided of course that it’s legal and doesn’t involve hurting anyone…

Seriously though, WHY aren’t you doing the thing you love to do every single day?

I’m going to speculate a little and say that you probably came up with an excuse that sounded something like this, “I can’t do what I love every day because I have a job to go to”, or “I could never make money and make a living doing what I love”.

Am I right?  I’m sure I’m pretty close.

And that represents the great dilemma!  We’re all so busy trying to make a living, that we forget to make a LIFE!  We can’t choose to do what we love every day, because we feel like we have to do what we hate, or at least dislike, or maybe if we’re lucky don’t love, in order to pay the bills.  Sounds pretty miserable, doesn’t it?

It’s the reason why Mondays feel like Mondays and Fridays feel like Fridays.  We LOVE our freedom, we LOVE our weekends, and we despise and detest the start of the work week because it means five grueling days of enduring and just trying to get though it all, so we can salvage just enough of our self-respect and drum up just enough energy to spend a little quality time with the people that supposedly mean more to us than anything else in life.  Do you see something wrong with this picture?

I read an incredibly motivating book about two years ago called Your Portable Empire, written by my friend Pat O’Bryan.  In the book, he references a Charles Bukowski quote that hit me like a bolt of lightening between the eyes when I read it, or maybe a 2 x 4 across the forehead…you choose the analogy which represents the stronger version of a cosmic wake-up call to you…

Here’s the quote,

“How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force feed – there is, naturally, a scatological dimension to this – brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

Wow.  Did you get the board or the bolt?

I like to embellish it a little and ask, “How in the hell can you get up at an ungodly hour each morning, put on a suit you’re not comfortable in, scramble to get ready, get in your car and commute for an hour to get to a place where you spend the next 8-10 hours around people you don’t particularly care for, and are mostly stressed out around, so that your energy, both mentally and emotionally, has been completely sapped, get back in your car, drive another hour to get home…only to be so exhausted that you have nothing left to give your spouse or loved one, or kids, or anyone else you care about?  And this is what you do for a living…?”

Seriously, are we all insane?

Perhaps you are already doing that thing you love every single day, and your life is filled with passion and purpose.  If so, why re you still reading?  No, no, don’t go away!  Actually, I’d love for you to leave your comments so that you can be an encouragement and an inspiration to the other readers here.  Tell us about it, not just so that some of us can briefly live vicariously through your words, but so that a bunch of people will be inspired to follow in your footsteps and become that version of themselves that they have always dreamed of becoming.

And speaking of that…

What is it that you should be doing every single day?  What are your talents and your gifts?  What is it that you feel wonderful about every time you do it?  What is it that you want to do every day?  Have you got it in  your mind?  Well guess what?  THAT…that thing or things you’re thinking of right now, is exactly what you need to do every single day.  Starting TODAY!

If you’ll do that, then before you know it, you’ll be living the life of your dreams.  Literally.  You will truly be living with passion.  You will be in perfect sync with your greatest purpose.

Okay, okay, you’re saying that it sounds great, but it’s not grounded in reality, right?  Money makes the world go ’round and you have to make the house payments, so you can’t just tell your boss to shove it and start playing around doing the thing you’re most passionate about…

Really?

Well then, how about this

How about if you start doing what you’re most passionate about as often as you can and start shifting as much energy and focus toward it as you possibly can, while still being responsible and taking care of things the best way you currently know how?  Will you commit to start there?

I’ll tell you what will happen if you will.  Pretty soon, you will become inspired in ways you have never imagined, and you’ll find even more ways and times to do the thing you’re most passionate about.  You’ll meet people and be directed to resources which will give you even more ideas and move you closer to being able to do what you love every single day.  And eventually, your life will become consumed with that thing (or things) that you’re in love with.

Then, you will honestly know what it means when someone says, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”.  Because right now, in your current situation, you probably want to punch the person that says that kind of thing in the stomach, don’t you?

I’m challenging you to punch yourself in the stomach.  At least, metaphorically speaking.

Wake up.  Start living.

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9 Responses to “It’s a Living…”

  1. Hi Mike,

    wow, you’ve written us a wake-up call! I know I’m one of those who has been (and sometimes still is) caught up in the dilemma of “work” vs. “passion” – although now that I’m working for myself it’s a whole lot better!

    I enjoy helping my clients get themselves an online presence, and making it simple & easy for them when in the past the internet has terrified them … BUT I would also love to study photography & make a living from that too… but for the moment the computer-based stuff wins out as I don’t have to start from scratch with that.

    But I can take a photography evening class!!

    “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” – I really like that 🙂

    thanks,
    Tracey

  2. avatar Lisa says:

    I like this post a lot, Mike. I agree with all of it. Sometimes though the day job finances the passions until you can make your passion your career. It takes perspective to see this when you’re going through it, and it can help to see it as having a purpose to your real purpose. Or, in the case of some of my loved ones, they see their day job as a way to finance guitars, amps, and travel for their music careers. But, I agree…it’s not fun to work in a job that sucks the life out of you. Hopefully, our world is heading towards everyone doing work that they love more.

  3. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Tracey –
    I think it really is a dilemma becasue of the way we’ve all become conditioned to perceive “reality”.
    It seems risky and uncertain to us to do those things we love, are totally passionate about, and which make the best use of the talent we are hard-wired with…yet, it seems safe and secure to reluctantly struggle and stress our way through the days in order to bring home a paycheck which reflects what someone else has decided our efforts are worth.
    It really seems backwards, doesn’t it?
    And I guess, therein, lies the challenge!
    All the best with your photography!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    MS

  4. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Lisa –
    I agree with you about the day job. I think it becomes most effective when we change our perspective, like you say, and realize that we are doing it for a greater purpose.
    I also tend to believe that if we see it like that, we can put more good energy into it (no matter how miserbale it feels on a Monday morning), and by doing this, we actually attract to ourselves more positive circumstances, and get closer to doing those things we are passionate about every single day.
    Then, it’s bye-bye day job and hello life’s purpose!
    MS

  5. avatar Gillian Zali says:

    Great post Mike. I’m living it and loving it. Sometimes it gets scary, but I have great support and it’s worth every insecure moment to be in control of my life like this. Feel the fear and do it anyway!!

  6. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Gillian – I love it! Thanks for sharing!
    MS

  7. avatar Lisa says:

    Mike, so true! I am so lucky that way and still hold on hope that one day, it will happen for my hubby too! By the way, your blog posts are so good here, I meant to ask if you ever thought of writing a book?

  8. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Lisa – so awesome! And I’m sure your hubby will make it happen as well!
    Thanks for your kids words abot the blog.
    As a matter fo fact, I have written two e-books, “How To Win Your Office Pool” and “Stop Procrastinating Now” (This one is a freebie for joining the blog).
    I also wrote “Habitual Victory: The Truth About Achieveing Success, Finding Happiness and Living the Life of Your Dreams”. (If you’re interested…here’s the book: https://www.createspace.com/3482278)
    I am currently working on two book projects, and helping with the final editing of another, written by my mother, called “Alzheimer’s A to Z: A Caregiver’s Story”
    Take care!
    MS

  9. avatar Lisa says:

    Wow, Mike, thanks for sharing! 🙂 I’m going to subscribe to your list since I really need to stop procrastinating! 🙂

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