There is a pervasive and misleading myth in today’s culture about what passion truly is. This myth says that passion means doing what you love and loving every part of what you do. Our newborn son recently showed me just how wrong this myth is.
Do What You Love…Then What?
There is a famous quote attributed to everyone from Marc Antony to Confucius to Harvey MacKay. It says:
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
In other words, follow your passion and the “work” will seem easy.
This myth says that if you can only find something you are truly passionate about, you will never know pain, hard work, or toil a day in your life. This myth could not possibly be more wrong.
Our three-year daughter Aracelli sings, dances, shouts with abandon, like no one is watching. At a recent concert, all of those were on display.
We recently took Aracelli to her first concert. She danced like it was a private show, just for her. No embarrassment. No wondering whose watchful eyes were judging her. No fear of pointing fingers or snickering voices.
She sang at the top of her lungs, sometimes when the music wasn’t playing. She shouted in response to the artists. She felt no shame.
What are your passions?
If you read my recent post, Do You Even Know What Your True Dreams Are?, you know what I am truly asking. Even if you didn’t, you still know what I mean on some level. What wakes you up in the morning. What keeps you up at night? What has always fascinated you? What questions do you want answered?
Now, how can you make money from those passions? That’s what today’s episode is about.
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Today, I interview former rockstar (seriously, he toured the country in a rock band) A.J. Amyx.
We discuss his background, what it was like to give up his identity as a rockstar and trade it for something so much greater, and how to get paid for your passions.
Aj Amyx is the Creator’s Mentor, Host of AMYXtv and founder of the Passionpreneur Academy.
Some people say he’s a business coach, smart marketer, consultant, brother or a free spirit. At his core, he just wants to help people get paid from their passions and make a difference in the world – since that is what he gets to do everyday.
What if I told you that most people don’t even know what their true dreams are?
What if I told you that the things you say are your dreams aren’t actually your true dreams? That they don’t really wake you up in the morning, keep you up at night, or keep you going when life gets tough.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Yes, you have dreams. You have goals. You have aspirations. But do you know the things deep down inside that drive you?
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So what are your true dreams?
Most of us have an entrepreneurial spirit whether we realize it or not.
You’ve probably started more businesses than you realize. Yes, I am counting your lawncare business when you were ten. Yes, I am counting the spy agency you started when you were twelve. And yes, I am even counting the time you thought you could somehow profit from making a giant ball of rubber bands (or was that just me?).
Most kids started businesses what seemed like all the time.
As a child you said…
When you were a child, you saw problems with the world and said:
“I need to do something about that.”
“I should _____.”
“I can solve that.”
I left the restaurant manager in tears…
…and saved a dollar.
Neither of these was my intention. They were both unexpected results.
I was in a particularly bad mood when I arrived at the restaurant. It was late. I was hungry. I knew what I wanted and I wanted it now.
I stood with my arms crossed and an obvious look of annoyance on my face. I was the only person in line and yet I was asked to wait.