If you love mowing grass, making $150k a year business from it is going to be hard.
If you love plastic surgery, making $150k a year business from it is going to be easy as hell.
The gurus pounding the idea of visualization, persistence, marketing, and so on need to shut up for a second and say, “Hey, before I talk about the 8 secrets of an amazing Google AdWords campaign, are you even in an industry where there’s money to be made?”
Thankfully, your happiness maximizes statistically around $70k, and lots of jobs / businesses in many different industries can hit that level.
But if your goal is to make some serious cash for whatever reason and you insist on trying to do it in the industry you know / love, then you need to find someone else doing the same thing you’re doing. If no one else that you know of is living the life, doing the work you want to do, making the money you aspire to, then you need to pause and think whether whatever ‘edge’ or difference you have is enough to make it possible, because it’s likely not.
Considering all the industries and passions that people can have and so few having massive income behind them, you’re likely not getting rich what your passionate about.
Tom Bilyeu was a co-founder of Quest Nutrition Bars. Sounds like his passion is nutrition! But Tom wasn’t in the nutrition industry, he’s in the business industry. His daily grind is managing employees, signing and negotiating contracts, dealing with sales, growth, marketing, taxes, etc. That’s business…not nutrition.
A doctor doing brain surgery actually has a grind where he’s doing what he loves – cutting into gooey brains. He’s also an employee though, and it’s worth noting that being an employee is often the ticket to doing something you’re truly passionate about.
In fact, if you’re NOT passionate about business, entertaining, finance, or real estate, and want to make $150k plus, you’re probably not getting rich on your “passion.”
First off, that’s ok. Secondly, it’s easiest to simply find out how many people are doing something similar to what you want, living the life you’d like and modeling (mimicking) them.
Finding a hero will confirm that what you’re wanting has been done and is possible. Start with finding your hero – not a goal. Then you can alter and reshape that model to be uniquely yours.
Most people won’t be able to make it past the first step here:
1) Find someone who’s day to day life you’re envious of. If it doesn’t exist or even close, you’re on your own kid.
2) Determine if how they got to where they are now is acceptable / possible for you (eg. did they win the lotto, got lucky, disciplined, etc) . If not, go back to #1. If so, go to #3.
3) If #2 was positive, then model the hell out of them.