Sometimes you can’t pay the bills by pursuing your passion, so what do you do?
There are 2 options.
1- You give up on your passion. You hide it. Ignore it. Suppress it. Force it back inside. Then you grow old, become bitter, sad, and filled with regret you never pursued your passion. (I hope you don’t pick this one!) It’s easy to make excuses for this option. You’ve got bills to pay. You have a family. You have other responsibilities. So how could you possibly do both?
2- You pursue your passion by giving up all the minor components in your life. You work on it at night. You cut off the TV. You skip a few football games. You get up early. You put in hours on the weekends. You leave the clubs in the garage. You keep working the job that pays the bills and pursue your passion with your spare time. As my friend Jon says, “You can pursue what you love if you give up what you like.”
Here’s a great example.
For 20 years, Inigo Montoya looked for the six fingered man that killed his father. His passion was to find him and say, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die.” Every spare moment he had, he worked on sword fighting so he would be prepared for revenge. He explains, “I’ve trained for 20 years, but I work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There’s not a lot of money in revenge.” You may be thinking, inconceivable!
So, you have a choice to make. You can pursue the God-given passion and calling–even if it takes 20 years of part-time work, or you can bury it.
What is a passion that you want to pursue but have yet to go for it? How can I help? Can you name the movie?
I’ve never painted a painting, but I now understand a painter.
I’ve never designed clothing, but I now understand a designer.
I’ve never taken family portraits, but I now understand a photographer.
I’ve never sang in a musical, but I now understand an actor.
I’ve never recorded a CD, but I now understand a musician.
I learned this week the following about being an artist (like any of those mentioned above and many more people like them)
- You don’t make art for the money. Money is a bonus.
- Few, if any, will care as much as you do about your art.
- Few, if any, will know how hard you worked.
- It’s scary showing people your art. After all, what if they don’t like it?
- It is the best compliment when your closest friends support it and don’t expect SWAG. (I’ve got some great friends!)
- You don’t do art for them, you do art because its inside of you.
- Even if no one likes it, buys it, supports it, or shares it, you’d do it again.
What have you learned about being an artist?
Here are some of the guest posts I did for the Passion Is Not Enough book launch. Be sure to follow these fine folks. It was an honor to share on their sites.
- Michael Perkins: Passion Is Not Enough
- Lindsey Nobles: http: World Changers Aren’t Necessarily News-makers
- Jenni Catron: Passion Is Not Enough
- Jay Hardwick: Passion Is Not Enough
- Geek For Him:
- Seth Godin:
If you have not got your copy yet, you may want to check out one of the above sites for some special deals.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the research for Passion Is Not Enough, was talking with people today that were changing the world. I want to introduce you to a few people that were included in the book.
What do you do when you want to impact the world and you are a professional photographer? Well, if you’re Jeremy Cowart, you start a little project called Help Portrait, which is a movement among photographers to give back to their communities impacting thousands of people. It was an honor to share Jeremy’s story and I hope it will inspire you in your effort to change the world.
To read more of Jeremy’s story, pick up a copy of Passion Is Not Enough today.
Click here more information on Help Portrait. There’s still time to help a local Help Portrait site on Saturday, December 4.