In Finding Your Purpose: Part One we talked about brainstorming what our interests are and connecting with the talents that come most natural to us.
In Part Two we will share the steps to take to help you get there. Below you'll find some tips that will help you along your way. Dream on, dreamers!
Save Your Dough
Where there's a dream, there's a dollar. Put aside 10% of whatever you earn and start a "Dream Account". This savings account will accrue funds that will help you cover expenses like business licenses, logo design, web design, inventory, travel expenses, etc.
You don't have to be a millionaire to start a blog or to start selling you family's sauce recipe -- all you need is a little money to get started. The more prepared you are, the better off you will be. There are so many miscellaneous expenses that will pop up when you start your project!
When we think of making sacrifices, there's always a negative association that we have with giving up certain things. Ask yourself, are you really missing out on life if you skip a few Sunday brunches or postpone your regular boozy girls night out with friends to work on your project?
Coming from someone who doesn't remember what I or my friends did for our 21st birthdays, let me just say that as time goes by the little things do not matter. What matters most is your happiness.
The closer that we align ourselves with our life's purpose, the happier we are -- and everyone benefits from a happy you!
Now don't go on a social event cancellation spree. Just develop the discernment to know what is important and forget the rest. You will learn how to value your time and in turn, cultivate your project's growth.
Need tips on how to value your time? Check this post out!
Create Many Paths
I cannot stress how important it is to NOT commit yourself to one way of attaining your goal. Doors will shut, opportunities will present themselves and fade away, people won't help you all the time (or ever in most instances).
Think of different ways that you can get to where you need to be. For example, if your purpose is cooking wholesome food and working with children you could take the following steps to get your name out there:
- Develop a cool Instagram with styled photos of your best kids dishes. Use creative hashtags to gain influential followers.
- Collaborate with your local Whole Foods to teach a class on how to create simple organic kids meals. Use Whole Foods products during your demonstration to encourage sales.
- Become a contributing writer for a well known food blog and share your favorite healthy meal tips.
- Partner with a charter school in your neighborhood to cook a dinner for a school event (for free). If they like your dishes, write a proposal to cater school lunches for the next school year.
Four small ideas can potentially lead to someone living their life's dream full time! As mentioned before, the more prepared you are the more successful you will be. There are always many paths to attain one goal -- be creative!
No Egos Allowed
Most people's passion project never makes the light of day because of insecurity or an ego. Get used to the word 'No' because you will hear it a lot more than 'Yes'.
Being comfortable with rejection is a huge part of this process. Some rejection will be straight up hurtful while others will be indicative of bad timing. When you look back and connect the dots as visionary Steve Jobs famously mentioned, some of the rejection that you experience are blessings in disguise.
Remember, rejection doesn't mean never, just not right now or not this way. Don't take things personally, just keep pushing forward. It will all work out in the end.
Learn From Mistakes
Now that your ego is out of the way, learn from your mistakes.
Maybe a venture capitalist said no to your startup because your presentation lacked important information or you missed a business grant deadline because you didn't put an alert in your calendar.
Be honest with yourself about your shortcomings so you can be prepared and thorough when the next opportunity comes around. Putting a blind eye towards mistakes is a surefire way to fail.
News flash: family and friends will not be supportive of your project for a number of reasons. Self-interested people don't see the importance of dreams that exist outside of their own. Others find it hard to watch someone pursue their dreams when they are afraid to chase theirs. Some will be jealous of your gifts, talent, and the amazing strides that you have made.
Haters don't matter because their true issue is with themselves. No one can stop you from living your destiny. What's for you is for you and no one can change that.
Once someone reveals who they truly are, believe them. The universe tells us who's for and against us through life events. Listen to your gut instinct and act accordingly!
What is your purpose in life? What have your experiences been as you pursue your life's passion?