A few weeks ago I journeyed back to my old high school to speak to the sophomores about health and nutrition. While I was there, I ran into my former art teacher whose class I had loved in high school. Of all the classes I have taken in my life, his was probably the most inspiring and life-changing for me, so I was excited to get to catch up with him for a minute.
True be told, he seems pretty burnt out. He’d been teaching the same curriculum for probably decades and was now feeling pulled to work on his own art instead of teaching it. During our conversation, he indicated that there was never enough time to work on painting because he was so exhausted from teaching. He said, “Just because I want to paint for a living doesn’t mean there’s a way to make money at it.”
I’m sure for him it did seem impossible. He has a young kid, a wife, a mortgage and probably tons of other responsibilities, just like so many of us. Just because he wants to paint full-time doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a way for him to do it and pay all his bills at the same time.
BUT…I disagree. (You probably already knew that if you’ve been reading this blog). I believe that if you have the longing in you to do something—that deep down desire inside your gut that won’t go away no matter how many years you try to suppress it—then you are meant to do it AND that there is a way to do it. That doesn’t mean that the path you should take is always obvious, but it’s there.
According to Wallace Wattles who wrote The Science of Getting Rich, “All that is possible to anyone is possible to me.”
That means if someone else is doing painting full-time, you can too. If someone is making money through a music career, you can too. If there are people out there who are living their dreams and making a good income while doing it, YOU CAN TOO. No exceptions. No excuses.
What if no one is making money doing what you want to do? Well, there’s still a way to do it. Look a Steve Jobs. He didn’t let anyone tell him what could or couldn’t be done. All it takes is a good idea (or talent) and the passion inside of you to bring that idea into reality.
Start saying this to yourself every day: ALL THAT IS POSSIBLE TO ANYONE IS POSSIBLE TO ME.
Make this your daily mantra. You deserve to live the life that you want (whatever that looks like for you) and make plenty of money at the same time. Throughout the next few weeks, focus on being open to opportunity. Be open to change. Read this blog. Put together a mastermind or support group. Do what you need to do to start living the life of your dreams.