I love it, but can I live it?

Posted: 18 June, 2012 in Goals, inspiration, writing
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Making a living from what you love sounds like a dream but I’ve come to realise that it is possible.  While there aren’t many people in my immediate circle living this dream I have found so many inspiring stories in blogs, newsletters and books written by people doing just that – living their dream.

One of those people is Chris Guillebeau. I have been a follower of Chris’s blog (The Art of Non-Conformity) for a while now and was eager to read his latest book, “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future“.  I was excited about this book before I even read a page of it because of the philosophy that Chris has that he shares with his followers every week. I knew it was something I wanted to read and, more importantly, take on board and use to live the life I want.

When I did finally read his book, I wasn’t disappointed. He had me hooked from the first line: Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do.

I did imagine it.  That’s why I left my job at the beginning of this year, because I could imagine that life.

I’ve always wanted to write and to make a living from my writing, and that is what I’m working towards every day.  I’ve had jobs where I loved the work I was doing but I knew I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life.  I loved it, but I couldn’t live it.  I’ve had jobs where I loved the people I worked with more that the actual work I was doing.  Again, I loved it (because of the people) but not enough to want to do it forever.

Writing is the only thing I love so much I can imagine doing it every day for the rest of my life.   I love it, and I can most definitely live it.

Today, I am living the dream.  And I encourage everyone to give it a go.  You have no idea how wonderful it feels to know you live a life doing what you love.  I didn’t believe it once either.  But it’s people like Chris Guillebeau and Barbara Winter whose inspiring lives, encouraging words and wonderful books have shown me that it is possible.

The proof is also in the thousands of people who have made big changes and are successfully living their dream every day. Now that I know they’re out there, I want to join them in their pursuit of something better.

  1. Julianna says:

    This is the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve heard of this book. Might be my sign to go get it. And hooray for you for having the courage to follow your passion! That’s what this gig is all about…

    • RickyB says:

      Thanks so much! It’s been an experience, that’s for sure. One I wouldn’t give up for anything. And I definitely recommend Chris’ book. It’s so inspiring.

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