A writer named Charles Kingsley wrote “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is having something to be enthusiastic about. For too many, the enthusiasm of our “jobs” quickly disappears, and some of us haven’t had “fun” at our jobs even from the first day.
Many university studies studies backed up the notion the as enthusiasm increases, so does income. They are directly related. If you are passionate about your work, money will follow. Mostly, if you are working at a “job” you don’t like, you are actually LOSING money and opportunities. The more that a person works at a job he/she dislikes, the higher the chances of major depression in their lives.
In his poem,”My Heart Leaps Up,” William Wordsworth says, “The Child is Father of the man”. If we are children at heart, the inner child will teach us and remind us of the great and the wonderful things we find in life. So many philosophical books and self help books, we are asked to “tap in” to our inner childhoods. There is a quote about “Why do adults keep asking children what they want to be when they grow up? The answer the author gave was “So the adults can come up with ideas on what to you”
Far too often, if we had a passion as a child, we were told “that is unrealistic”, “you can’t make a living on that”, and so on. That is a rather absurd thing to surrender yourself to things and notions that people older than you are saying. So think about your early days, what excited you? What made you become passionate? Did you dream of being a sculptor, did you dream of being horseback rider, did you love animals? Did you want to write? To sing? To act in a play? Look for ideas of where you want to go after a downsizing at your company or anything where you have to reevaluate your “work” and income.
As we discussed many chapters ago, one of the keys to getting started is “going to ground”, and spending as little money as possible while you start your own business and “passion work”. With VERY few expenditures, you have a great chance to make it on a shoestring and buy time for you to see your business grow.
If on the other hand, you spend gobs of money on entertainment out with friends, a fancy Mercedes, nice new clothes, a nice expensive condo/house, the chances for your own success diminishes quickly. Remember: No attachments = High equanimity (which equals a high chance of your success… Little Overhead = High Probability of Success.