How To Chase Passion & Follow Your Dreams

The Buried Life

The Buried Life

In a previous blog post, I wrote about doing stuff that makes you feel alive. But while its great to seek adventure and find things to do that are out of the norm, its easy to neglect the most important thing in all of our lives – finding passion in your work.

Most of will spend at least 40% of our waking ours working – some of as even more. Life is short, but if you hate what you’re doing, it’s going to be awful long. Here are a few tips to help you out if you’re on a path that doesn’t lead to passion.

1. Have The Guts To Chase Your Dream

It takes guts to chase your dream. It may sound cliche, but it’s true. It takes an inner strength that everyone has within themselves, but many of us never exercise.

No matter how you cut it, if you’re currently trapped in a job and you’re scared to leave the security of it to pursue something else, you’re going to have to find a way to overcome that fear. I personally like to check out quotes about strength from individuals I admire and respect, but you may have your own way. Whatever it is, start working on building strength and character in every aspect of your life, so when the time comes, you’ll have the guts to follow through and not give up.

2. You Have Time

That being said, there are steps you can take to minimize risk. If you want to start a business or pursue a creative dream, who said you have to quit your job? Instead of saying “I don’t have time”, make the time. How can you not have time for your dreams? You can’t wake up an hour earlier before you go to work? You can steal a couple hours at nigh after the kids are asleep? You can’t devote a weekend morning/afternoon to chasing your passion? Stop being helpless and take responsibility for your own life.

3. Distinguish Between Reality and Fiction

For whatever reason, we’ve been programmed by society to think that – if our most obvious dreams (becoming a rockstar, actor, billionaire tycoon etc) are out of grasp due to physical limitations, the only alternative is to get a job we hate and grind out our days.

That’s simply not true. You might never be an NBA player, but you could be a sports reporter, physical trainer, agent, even a blogger. You might never be a rockstar, but you can teach music, perform locally, become a producer, cover the music scene – the internet has made it easier than ever to make a living chasing you passion. So go out and do it, and stop saying you can’t.

3 Tips For Your Next Salary Negotiation

negotiationYou may be good at your job, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting paid what you’re worth. Does the thought of sitting down at a table across from your both and negotiating your salary with your boss

1. Show Numbers

If you’re going to demand a higher salary, you have to backup your argument with numbers. Too many employees spend their time focusing on what they want, when really they should be thinking of things from the employer’s perspective. If you were the employer, do you have a financial incentive to give you the raise? Try to calculate exactly how much value and revenue you’ve brought in for the company in recent months. If you can’t do that, then you’ve got your work cut out for you.

2. Get Your Employer To Make The First Offer

It might be temping to go in guns a blazing and demand a raise, but the key to having power in the negotiation is getting your employer to show that they want to keep you first. If you can do that, then you can go in to negotiate your salary confident that the employer is anxious to keep you on board.

3. Show Enthusiasm

This goes without saying, but if you can show a real passion for your work, it makes you seem irreplaceable. People who truly care about their job and excel at their work are rare, and if you do great work and you’re enthusiastic, your employer will do everything within their power to keep you on their team.

Keep in mind you’re not going to be paid the salary of a Neurosurgeon (yes, they make a lot) just because you apply these 3 tips. For one, they spend nearly 15 years in school and residency to get paid what they do, and secondly, its important to consider what you’re worth to the company when performing negotiations with yourself. This is where its very important to be 100% honest with yourself. If you deserve to be paid like a brain surgeon, then by all means, ask for it, but unless you can be objective, you may overshoot or undershoot your number. If it helps, consider getting a second opinion before going in for salary negotiations. It might give you a boost in confidence, and more importantly, it might give you a more objective picture of your worth.

For more tips on how to negotiate your salary, check out this article.