Some say that you should either make a lot of money doing your “job,” or that you should love doing that job so much that the work itself doesn’t matter. I say that you should love what you do and make a lot of money doing it.
Through decades of personal experience – trial and error, victory and defeat – I have learned that by having a clear vision of what is important to me that I can have both passion and money in my professional life. I traveled a long bumpy road to come to this understanding, but fortunately you do not have to.
You can “live your truth” professionally. You can love what you do every day, and you can naturally earn a great living in the process. In this first blog post, you will take the first step necessary to designing a life of world impact. This will lead you to a life of truth. A life of truth gives you both passion and “true” wealth.
Step 1 – Align Your Passion and Gifts with Your Career Path
We often make our career choices for the wrong reasons. Here are a few examples of “the wrong reasons.” Perhaps they will sound familiar.
My parents want me to do it. Your mom and dad harp at you.“Your uncle is a doctor, your father is a doctor, you should be one, too.” But you faint at the sight of blood and you love to work with your hands. You’ve already got a part-time job as an apprentice with a local construction company. You are mathematically inclined and you dream of becoming an architect. Do you think you’ll be happy if you drop that apprenticeship so you can take pre-med classes?
My friends say it would be really cool if I do it. Maybe it sounds great for a recently-graduated young man to become a bartender. What could be cooler than mixing drinks for a living? Your friends can all visit you on your job. Let’s even say that you like bartending. Going after a business degree so that you can open your own bar would be a much better choice than going after the cool gig of just pouring brew. No, it may not be cool to head off to business school, but it will serve you well in the long run so you can do what you love indefinitely.
It seems like you can make a lot of money at it. You’re mid-way through your working years and you get laid off. There are get rich quick schemes all over the place. Many of them are sales positions. Don’t fall for the one that has the big dollar sign in front of it. Instead, go for a real sales position selling a product you yourself would use. If you’re a man, you’ll be much better at selling cars than cosmetics. If you’re a woman and you love to cook, think about opening a bakery. Don’t just take the first dollar sign that comes your way.
It was just listed as one of the safest career paths. Forget trends – they come and go. Something that is a passing fancy is actually the antithesis of truth and passion. You may find that what you love to do is indeed in vogue right now. That would be great. But don’t let the trend lead you. You should lead it.
Don’t get me wrong, none of the above reasons is inherently bad on its own merit. It becomes bad when it conflicts with what your soul, spirit and heart desire.
On the other hand, by choosing a career path that aligns well with your inner passion, desire and unique gifts, you will experience infinite levels and benefits in both the short and long run. For example:
You will never work another day in your life again.
Yes, you will be doing something to earn a living, but it won’t feel like work. I help individuals and companies define, create and achieve their goals. For me, I’m passionate about business strategy and personal growth. I simply love to see people succeed. When I interact with my “clients,” I lose track of time.
You will create mastery and have breakthroughs. When you’re passionate, you are also persistent about accomplishing your objective despite how grueling the work may be. That is what leads to breakthrough, fresh, creative thinking. It can also lead to world impact.
In the weeks to come we will learn steps 2 through 4 of designing a life of world impact. In the meantime, I would like to leave you with a question to ponder and discuss with your closest friends. What is it for you? What is the one thing that, when you do it, you lose the track of time? Write this down on page 1 of a fresh notebook that you buy for the purpose of “Discovering and Living Fully in Your Truth.”
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We Look Forward to Seeing You Next Week For Step 2
Landon Taylor is Founder and Chief Vision Officer at Wealth Triangle Enterprises LLC. With over 25 years of high impact market, organization, and human development experience, Landon has developed a human development formula called the Wealth Triangle Principle. The Principle empowers performance-driven men and women to overcome the 7 Deadly Shackles and to catapult both their external performance and internal fulfillment in order to achieve “True Wealth.” Connect with Landon at www.WealthTriangle.com, www.Facebook.com/wealthtriangle or on Twitter@wealthtriangle
That picture of the woman with her head in her hands, that looks like me. With jobs and money scarce, I’ve been just taking anything part time to make ends meet. I do have my resume out there, but I haven’t really been looking at jobs I really WANT to do. It’s been, “will I get hired.” I may not have as much experience as the next person in the business sector at a job I’d really love, but I think I am going to expand my horizons. You’ve inspired me to see that I have everything to gain. Thanks!
Awesome! Way to go Jennifer! James Allen says it best.. “As a man/women thinketh, so shall they become” So by you shifting your belief and focus to aligning what you WANT based on your gifts then the expansion of your horizons will be even greater than you imagine. Best to you!
Great blog AND…its about time!!! With all the negativity that’s floating around out there in the world its nice to have a little ‘gospel’ every now and then. The truth is…and the good news is…we can make a very positive impact in our own lives and the lives of others by getting in touch with ourselves.
Landon has impressed me from the moment we met as someone who is unafraid to step out into the unknown to pursue his true mission and purpose in this life. I have also observed a few haters that he so respectfully ignore and kept moving. We can all learn that lesson. Getting bogged down in what others think or believe is only giving your power to someone else who simply doesn’t have your best interest at heart.
I can’t wait to see what the Wealth Triangle has in store to help people unlock their future success! I’m sharing this site with everyone I know…
Thanks Doug! We are super excited about the launch and spread of this work. Just think of what a world full of authentic Wealth Triangle Warriors would be like. Everyone clear and comfortable with who they are living fully in their gifts! Appreciate your support friend!
I have made the mistake of listening to others when it comes to career decision and I paid dearly for mistake. I wish I would have had your insights 30 years ago; I wonder if I would have been too young to grasp the importance. Now, in my mid 50’s, I am finally following the path that makes me happy; a path that I am passionate about. Now I know the money will soon follow. Keep up the great work at WT
Thanks Martin! We do this work for people exactly like you my friend. Timing is exactly right. Your 30 years of life experience makes your victory now that much sweeter. Keep living your truth my friend and keep us informed and inspired by your progress!
December 9, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply
This rings true to me. It wasn’t until after I turned 50 that I realized that work can be truly fulfilling only when it’s something that I am passionate output.
Agreed! Sometimes hard but always worth it! Thanks for the comment!
December 17, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply
I agree, wholeheartedly, with your advice to ‘Align your Passion and Joy with your Job’.. I think the title said to align with your career. Whatever.. 🙂 Decades ago, I went with some friends to a quaint little restaurant for lunch. I loved it because the walls were covered….. and I do mean covered… with quotes about life. From that day to this day, thee OnLy quote I remember from hundreds on the walls of that wonderful restaurant was: “Find a Job that you enJOY doing it so you don’t have to ‘work’ another day of your life. I believe that when you choose a career where you can use your talents to serve others, then it’s no longer a JoB, but rather a JoY! Wouldn’t you agree? Mother Teresa knew at age 12 – without a shadow of a doubt – that she simply wanted to help the sick, poor, and hungry. Is there any better example of seeing how much (millions) were helped when she, first, identified with what she wanted to do, then, started doing it? I’ll close with how I began: Choose a job that is really a joy vs the wrong reasons you listed so that your choice is loving to both you and those you serve.
Hi Anita, thanks so much for the awesome comments! Yes, I totally agree with your example of Mother Teresa. She was about her purpose…. period. In later parts of this blog series I will be talking about the power that comes when one is totally aligned with their purpose and singularly focused on its fulfillment. Most of our worlds break through, history changing events (like the impact of Mother Teresa) have been the result of a man or women of extreme passion and dedication, focusing their God given gifts on a problem or cause that had them so absorbed… they never thought of it as work. I want to go find that quaint little restaurant you visited decades ago! 🙂
This is a great blog! The message challenges me to take a deeper look inside my life and discover what I am truly passionate about and how to use my passion to make a difference in my community and in the world. Overcoming the fear of failure and the opinions of others is one of my biggest challenges that I must overcome if I’m going to reach my potential and achieve all that I was put on earth for. Thank you for setting such a great example in life for me and so many others. Your blog calls me higher and I’m looking forward to the process and the results.
Hey Jake… thanks so much for your comments! Your reaction is exactly the impact I was hoping for. You are the type of guy who WILL change the world when you get super focused on your God given gifts and passion. Will be keeping a look out for big things to come! Keep Living Your Truth my friend!
That is an excellent text for think about, I’ve sure that today unfortunately the people (Particularly younger) think first in receive good money and then start to think about the passion for the job or about the People that have been there every day.
In my mind, we really need to find a job that have a good environment for to work and be fair with the money, for example, According to the knowledge and the studies of each.
Lucky are those who find passion and money together without lot of effort.
Thanks Daniela! Yes… I agree with your remarks. The great thing is that we won’t even need luck if we just focus on finding our passion and then give 110% effort at the work. I’m totally convinced that if anyone gives 110% effort to any job or business that they are passionate about, eventually the money will ALWAYS take care of itself.