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26 Steps to Living a Life You Love

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26 Steps to Living a Life You Love
Have you dreamed of doing something big with your life? Are you longing to find your passion - something that makes you come alive? We all want to live a passionate, purposeful life, but most people have no idea how to go about doing that.

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Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

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Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

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Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.

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What drains your energy

What in your current life are you just tolerating?  

Address these things one by one to make room for the new, more important stuff coming your way.

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Make an appointment

Set regular weekly appointments with yourself to work on your life passion actions.  

If you don’t set aside the time for the work, you will never get to your goal.

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Finances

  • Save money and set it aside for education, to get a business started, or to sustain you financially as you transition.
  • Determine your lowest acceptable yearly inc...

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Start reading

Read everything about your passion and take notes. Look at how other people have translated that passion into a career. 

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Refine your search

You may find one or more career options that jump out at you.  

Delve deeper into your research on those topics to find out exactly: 

  • what kind of education is neede...

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Find a mentor

Find one or two people who are successful in doing what you want to do.  Connect with them. Make a list of questions and ask for their advice.

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Transition

  • Take action.
  • Write down all the action steps you will need to take to get you from here to there.
  • Set up a calendar. Assign your action steps to specific d...

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The Process

  • Stay financially prepared.  
  • Stay inspired by reading motivational books.
  • Expect bumps in the road. 

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Keep in mind this question: How much are you supposed to enjoy what you do? If you underestimate your answer, you'll tend to stop searching too early.

Liking your work does not mean doing what makes you happiest in this second, but what will make you most satisfied over a more extended period, like a week or a month. Your work should be your favorite thing to do. It should be something you admire.

What you should not do

  • Don't worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends.
  • Don't worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious.
  • Don't be led astray by money, especially when money is combined with prestige.

A test of whether you love what you do is if you would do it even if you weren't paid for it. (Even if you had to work at another job to make a living.)

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Practice is all about perfecting skills

True practice and learning force you to deeply examine the chinks in your armor. You are only as strong as your weakest link. In a world that tells you to ignore your weaknesses, true practitioners do the opposite.

Don't follow your passion

The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 

The problem with following your passion

  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 

Learn from Startups

  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.