going to workThis blog is about everything related to following your passion. Almost every post is a tip or collection of words that hopefully inspire you to start or continue following your passion. The blog has explored almost every aspect of following your passion, but today’s topic. Did you know that sometimes in order to follow your passion, you have to grind for those things that aren’t quite your passion?

If you’re like most Americans, your day-to-day work that fuels your livelihood is NOT your passion. It’s the ‘must’ in our lives. You know. The sacrifice. You must work in order to have a place to live, eat, and sleep. Every day or whatever your defined schedule is, most Americans go to a place within or outside of some walls where they are required to perform daily responsibilities that aren’t related to what they LOVE to do. I raise my hand as high as I can on this point. I am definitely one of those people.

Today as I sat at my desk, I realized that I have to continue to grind on my day job to insure I can continue grinding even harder for my passion. For now, I need my job. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, my job actually serves as a way for me to support my passion. While I’m not doing what I LOVE to do, I’m doing what I have to do, so I can do what I love to do. Case in point. I am now a novelist. To be a novelist, it required the following from me:

1) Money

2) Time

3) Connections

All three of those pieces were tied to the fact that I am employed. I was able to save money to pay for my self-publishing process, such as printing, marketing, etc. Because I am employed, the time that I’m not required to work, I am able to spend time focusing on my writing. If I didn’t have the financial resources, I would’ve been stressed over how I would fund the publication of my book. The time not spent stressing, was time I was able to actually produce my book. And believe it or not, there were co-workers that played roles in my journey to becoming a novelist. They became my connections. And when the book was published, those same co-workers and others became supporters and purchased copies.

I’ll go even further to say that in some ways I am using my passion while I work day in and day out. I am a writer. I love to write. My job requires me to do that. I find ways to be creative, suggest projects, use my writing skills to continue being an asset to my employer. No… it’s not being used solely the way I wish I could (which would be sitting at home every day and producing all types of writing pieces from screen writes, plays, short stories and novels), but the silver lining is that in some ways, I’m still following it.

Don’t become discouraged because you can’t follow your passion full-time. Just know that what you do day in and out is necessary. There may come a time when you can follow your passion full-time. Don’t be put off by the fact that you have to give so much energy to things outside of your passion. You’ve got to give 100% of yourself to it. Make the best of it. Look for ways to incorporate your passion into your daily work. You’ll be surprised how it can make a way for your happiness to continue to flow.