Be Brave. Be Bold. Get off your ass and do something.
I feel like I am finally beginning to come home after a long Chevy Chase style vacation. I used to be all about doing what you love. Then at some point, I fell into the mentality of, "do what makes you money, because money is key to freedom, and you can't really do what you love and make money."
I stayed on that path for about a year or so...
But it didn't feel right. I felt like I was missing the boat so to speak; I felt torn and empty with these types of thoughts making themselves at home in my life.
Then this past week I submitted an application to Seth Godin's 7 month internship to launch one of his new ventures. Even now as I speak of it, I get butterflies in my stomach at the thought of being part of something so amazing.
I realized how badly I wanted to take part in creating something bigger than myself that would be revolutionary.
A light went off.
Another "Ah- hah" moment was born.
And that is what it's all about.
The truth is that I felt more excited and thrilled making this video than I had in I don't know how long. I was scared shitless as well.
I felt alive and totally youthful, like I was 12 again. I was creating, I was brainstorming and I was having fun.
Don't ignore that energy and passion. It means you're on to something.
A Final Thought
Passion is such an amazing gift, and I'm tired of people throwing it away to pursue other ventures, simply because they don't believe it's possible to live the life they want (in terms of wealth) and pursue their passions.
Challenges arise in every single camino that we take.
You owe it to the world to use your natural gifts and to leave mankind with something amazing, whether that be a Youtube video that makes people laugh, or the recipe to the best chocolate cookies in the world or the cure for cancer.
No gift is too large or too small.
What matters is that you use it, and that you allow yourself to be excited about it.
I realized the power behind laughter and loving what you do this past week. The application process demanded a lot from me. I had to believe in myself, and in my ability to do what I have always dreamt of doing. I had to challenge old belief systems. And for a moment, I was afraid enough that I wasn't even going to apply.
But where I ventured off too... it's amazing to be in that place.
I now can say I am part of an amazing team and project that is indeed bigger than tiny old me.
This is where I'm supposed to be and it feels amazing.
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Photo taken by Chris Willis.