“You can’t live on what you like”.
When listening to this statement, you may find yourself in two situations:
- Thinking you already knew this. The motto “dedicate yourself to your passion and you won’t have to work anymore in your life” is very fashionable, a message that is repeated by many gurus in many places.
- Or on the contrary, you think this is not true. Because if not, what is the alternative? Dedicate yourself to something that does not satisfy you and in which you feel a deep demotivation and lack of self-realization?
You are surely in one of these positions. And this topic is what I want to talk to you about today.
Perhaps now you are in a job that does not motivate you, where you are not being able to perform all those qualities that you would like to be able to bring out, or you do not feel fulfilled, you do not feel that you are aligned with the values of the company…
That is, you are feeling a disconnect between who you are and what you are doing there.
My recommendation is that if you detect that you are in a situation like this, start considering making changes.
The changes do not have to be sudden, or without thinking or working on them beforehand.
But if you do begin to ask yourself what do you want, if it is really the point where you are, and if not, that you begin to move, to consider a plan B.
And then when you consider that plan B is when the whole issue of dedicating yourself to what you are passionate about appears, if it is possible, or not?
As I said at the beginning: It is not possible to dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about, but now I add: “exclusively to make it something that you are passionate about”.
Yes, you can dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about, as long as another series of aspects coincides, which are what I want to comment on today.
There are 4 specifically. These 4 come from a Japanese concept: IKIGAI.
The meaning of Ikigai would be like the reason for living, the purpose, what gives you happiness.
And for Japanese culture it is that. Dedicating yourself to your ikigai is dedicating yourself to what gives you happiness and meaning in your life.
The ikigai is when you manage to dedicate yourself to what you are good at, what you are passionate about, what the world needs and what they are willing to pay you for.
If you manage to combine these 4 aspects in an activity or profession, you will not only have found your ikigai or purpose, but also it is perfectly feasible that you can make a living.
And there notice that it does include the fact of what “you are passionate about”.
Therefore, it is possible to dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about, as long as you are able to include the other 3 aspects.
So my recommendation for this would be that put aside for a moment thinking about what it is that you are good at or really passionate about and think a little further about what you need in the world.
That is, what value or need can I cover in the market? How can I help other people?
This applies to both individuals and companies. You can consider doing a professional reinvention leaving aside the work you have been doing so far because you feel that disconnection with yourself to start focusing on something that is consistent with you.
For me, that you can reach finding that point is the result of a previous work of self-knowledge to understand well what you are good at and what you are passionate about, and then the analysis of what need out there where you can contribute.
Fit the piece
And from there, when we see that need, that’s when we try to fit the pieces. And you can fit the pieces by changing the job in a company, as long as you check that it is aligned with your values, your motivations, your what for.
And another perfectly feasible option is that you start developing the activity on your own, that is, undertake.
One option is to start from your knowledge, offering your services as a professional.
Seeing what need you can cover out there by providing your knowledge, your services, etc.
How? Well, through advice or consultancies, for example.
Both are a great way for you to start monetizing that passion.
So ask yourself, how could you do it to accompany or teach other people to help them with the problem they have about what you understand and can help them.
And if not, think about it. Are you going to dedicate the best years of your life to something that has no real meaning for you? Just being in a nutritional job?
Perhaps your circumstances are not the most favorable at the moment, but if you really connect with believing that your job has to talk about you, it has to mean something more than just a salary at the end of the month, start thinking about developing your plan B.
As I said at the beginning, it doesn’t have to be quick or imminent, but you can start preparing that plan.