America is known as the land of the free, the place to achieve the American dream. It is the place we are led to believe we can reach out and touch the sky. But in reality how many people do we know that are actually doing exactly what they love and not just trying to get by?
America is at a turning point. With the amount of unemployed people, a distrust for big companies or the “corporate ladder” and a new generation of Millennials beginning to lead the way…people are turning to doing those things that make them feel good about themselves. Not because they have to but because they want to. Many people are making careers out of their hobbies and many are changing careers in search of a purpose.
This 2011, while it is unrealistic to ditch your job in search of what many might consider a pipe dream, try to find time to do what you love aside from of your 9-5. Whether that is helping people by volunteering, writing that book or starting that blog you’ve always wanted, or perhaps teaching others a skill/talent. You will notice that while this may not make money at first it will compensate you in other ways that will make you feel great about yourself.
Don’t believe me? Check out some great stories I found on the latest copy of xx magazine where people are living their dream and are truly going after their passion but even more incredible…they are making a living out of it. Many believe following their dream or passion is a gutsy and risky thing done primarily by entrepreneurs.
While this may be easy advice for many focused Latinas to follow, the concern lies in the larger amount of Latinas who don’t even know what their passion actually is. Here are four tips that can guide you and get you started in finding your passion.
1. Ask yourself, What are you really good at? Or what really excites you? Is there something that you have secretly dreamed of but have never really pursued? Perhaps there is a topic you find yourself reading a lot about.
2. Find the time to bring that passion you have just identified to life. “I don’t have time!” is just an excuse.
3. Get better at it. Practice. Experiment. Volunteer somewhere to perfect it and attend seminars. Reading books/articles on it can only make you better.
4. Once you feel comfortable. Try to make a profit or a business out of it. Just like Confucius once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
To sum it up, there are many ways, dreams and roads open to you to fulfill your desires in creating a better life for yourself and achieve happiness. You just need to identify those signs and allow them to enter your life.
The bottom line is your commitment to invest in yourself, your access to the necessary resources and tools, and your continued passion. As long as you have those, anything is possible!
Liliana Cerilo’s piece was featured on The New Latina Guide to a Fabulous 2011 Year!, a collection of insights and tips from a group of talented latinas (and one Latino) on how to live life to the fullest.To download the free New Latina Guide, click here. To learn more about Liliana and her work, visit her blog, Latinas y Punto.
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