Love Your Work
People like us love our work. We help people. And we help them in our own ways while making this world a better place. So, of course, we love our work, right? We bravely create our own paths, and we make the world a better place. It’s what we do and who we are, right?
And for most of us, our books and our self-publishing business is just an extension of who we already are and what we already do in our day job if we still have one. I’m a teacher. I learn. I share. I teach. I take care of others. I help them build a bigger and better life as a teacher. And then I do the same as an author and publisher, too. You probably do, too.
Hey, many of us indie-authors are just natural teachers. It’s just what we do. We’re good people who like sharing cool stuff and good stuff with others. We want the world to be a better place. We love our fellow human beings. And we want everyone to have a better life. So we share everything we can with everyone we can. That’s what makes us home-grown teachers.
As authorpreneurs, we’re taking this sharing and teaching to a whole other level in making a business and a living out of it. Hopefully, if things go well for us, we’ll do more than just make a living out of what we do. Ideally, we’ll design a life that’s worth living and sharing through what we do. Hey, we’re making the world a better place and purposefully creating goodness in it! What’s not to love about that?
Bottom line: We help others. We make the world a better place.
If you’re not loving your work at this moment, my advice to you is to become a student again. That’s right. Become a student of your work again. Learn everything you can every single day, for the rest of your life. And while on this journey, teach others what you have learned and know at that moment in time.
I have always said in order to get you need to give first. And in order to learn best, you need to teach first. Become a student again, give and teach, and you’ll fall in love all over again with your work and your life’s mission.
Next, I want you to imagine that you just won the lotto and that money is no longer an issue. You have all the resources and funds you need now to do anything you want for the rest of your life.
So, what do you do? Well, maybe you buy a new house. Perhaps a new car. Maybe you travel around the world. These are all cool things, but at some point, we all need to get back to meaningful work, right? We thrive on purpose.
So, now that we have all the money that we need, what should we do as authorpreneurs? Come on… really visualize this. If we could do anything we wanted as authorpreneurs, what would we do?
Got it? Did you figure it out? Good. I bet you it’s a really cool thing, huh?
Okay, here’s the deal. Now go do it!
Don’t be afraid. It’s just a big, hairy, bodacious goal of yours. But, it’s also a goal that will give more meaning to your life. It will also help you be in love with what you do and how you spend your time. What could be better than that, right?
In addition, I want you to seek out your passion.
Every week, I want you to spend some time and energy thinking about your passion. Try at least one thing different every week. Go to a different meeting. Meet new people. Watch or read something you wouldn’t usually watch or read.
You see, the secret here is to expand your horizon outside of your niche to gain some range and make some new connections to what you’re already doing. This will help you to live a fuller, more successful, passionate life that you might not have been able to do otherwise.
Spend some effort finding something that feels effortless. And when you find that special thing, then share it with others. Write about it. Blog about it. Talk about it. And do whatever else you can think of to share this special thing with others. Teach others.
Eventually, with enough effort and introspection, you will find your sweet spot. Your sweet spot is where your passion and profits intersect. What’s sweeter than that, huh?
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