What gets you out of bed in the morning? If it’s money, you’re going to opt to stay warm and cosy, under your doona, soon enough. Of course, making money is going to be part of whyyou started a business or the reason you chose the job you have – but it shouldn’t be the only thing that motivates you.
To put your all into anything, it needs to light up something inside you. Money comes and goes. It’s renewable which is an important thing to grasp. Is it ever really ours? Yeah, you might earn $100,000 a year, but how much of that do you keep for life? It cycles in and out, in different amounts.
The point is, money shouldn’t be your only focus. You’ll sacrifice things (mainly your personal time) to get further in your career. Business is about discipline, whether it’s your own company or not. You’re going to be pulled in a million different directions. The small daily habits that you do mean more than you think. They mirror how you live your life. What do you eat? When do you go to bed? Who do you spend time with? Do you read often? How do you keep calm after a stressful day?
Being happy with what you do comes back to (you guessed it), your personality. If you’re struggling in your Monday to Friday, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Don’t stay in anything just because the money is good or there’s other external pressures. Nothing is more important than your happiness. Once you get this right, everything else will follow.
What are you good at?
Usually the things you’re good at are also what you enjoy the most. It’s not a coincidence. It’s because this is what you spend your time on, igniting your soul in the process. This is art. Don’t be afraid to spend time exploring what your art is. You mind find it in surprising places.
What you do for a living is more than just a job or something that you do 40+ hours a week. It’s part of your identity. By just going to work for the money, you’re shutting out a part of who you are.
Find that perfect balance between passion and money. It’s not easy, but the biggest gift you can give yourself is a life where you’re excited for the morning… not the money.
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