Monday 30 November 2015

How To Create The Work You Love - Shaa Wasmund

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 For many years, I ran the type of business I thought I was ‘supposed’ to … you know, the one with investors, board directors, 50 page business plans … Now don’t get me wrong, there was much about that business that I loved, but also a lot that I didn’t. I was building a business based on what I thought I ‘should’ be doing.

Growing up the way I did, stability and financial security were paramount to me. I thought the only way I could create that was by building what I thought was a ‘proper’ business. I needed an office, staff, investment, a full time FD, share options, the whole 9 yards.
I believed that if I did this, everything would work out just the way I wanted it to.

For a while, at least on the surface, this was true. I had the material trappings that most people associate with ‘success’. Beautiful homes, fabulous holidays, and all the MacBooks a girl could wish for, but there was so much more missing.

The joy from waking up every day totally loving what you do.  Being on purpose. Being in flow. Being able to truly tread your own path.

I know it’s easy to say when you have enough, but money really is just a small part of real success.

I’m pleased to say I not only found a way to create the work I truly love, but I’m doing it each and every day … and making more money than ever before.

Is that really possible?

Yes, it is and this is how you can make it happen it too ….

1. Believe it can. 

I know this might sound trite to some of you, but if you don’t believe it can happen, I can guarantee you it won’t. Lots of people call this a ‘soft skill’, in my experience, our minds are actually the hardest skill to master.

2. Get really, really honest with yourself. 

Don’t limit what you want to do or how you want to do it by other people’s limitations. This is your life, not theirs. For way too long, I lived my life according not only to what other people thought I should do, but what I thought I should do … which was quite different to what I really wanted to do! We have one life, surely it’s time to live it fully? Dream big, plan well, work hard …

3. Learn to say no.

Stop saying yes to things you don’t want to do so you have more time to say yes to the things that really count. Like doing the work you love.

4. Find your flow.

Think about what you do now, then think about all the things you’ve done in the past … what part of all that work, of all your experience and all you expertise truly sets your soul on fire? That’s where you  find you flow. That’s where your genius lies.

5. Now find a way to monetise it.

Think you can’t? Think again. There people out there making $1m a year from a site dedicate to green smoothies (and it’s the bomb) there are other’s making $50,000 in online fitness membership courses, not to mention the photographers making 5 figures a month teaching regular people just like you and me to take better photos … if you’re passionate about it, if you’re in your flow, doing work you truly love, you CAN and WILL make the money you need too.

6. Don’t let others try to put you off.

There will be plenty of people who will tell you not to even try. They will want you to stay in your comfort zone, doing the things that you do now, doing what they know. The thought of you truly pursuing your dreams will take them out of their comfort zone, not because they don’t love you, but because it scares them. That’s OK. Just remember, in this world, we regret far more what we didn’t do than what we did. When it comes to creating the work you love … Regret always weighs more than fear.

7. Start.

Now. You don’t have to jump ship altogether in one go, but stop procrastinating. Get on with it. What could you start doing now that would pave the way to creating the work you truly love? I started the beginning of 2014 by talking on stage with Brendon Burchard, that one talk led to my first workshop, then my second … and as they say, the rest is history!

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Old Chinese Proverb

I’d love to know what work you’d truly love to create ….

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