THE PASSION TO PURSUE: WHAT IS DRIVING YOUR CAREER GOALS

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“The will to work.”


your passion

In my life, I had plenty of things that I was good at, but not a lot of things that I was passionate about. That was until my senior year in undergraduate school when I started to write my first screenplay. For personal reasons I found that writing was a way to shift how I felt into something outside of myself. But it wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I decided to embark on a career pursuit to become a writer as a career. That quickly became filmmaking and now has opened into photography as well. I never had any interest in the arts outside of listening to music and watching television. The thought of filmmaking, becoming an author, and photography was not on my radar by a long shot.

wanting to give up

If you have never been down this road of wondering what the hell am I doing, then you are definitely not truly pursuing the dream. Meaning, no matter how much you love what you do, there is something internally telling you to run and run fast. That is not only fear talking, but it’s nature. Nature has placed that inside of man because it is what has aided in our survival as a species for so many thousands of years. And for most people, they listen to that inner voice and run to what is safe and makes sense. Then there are the people who jump out there and take the risk. They fail and they fail until they succeed. It is something that so many people admire about them; that fearlessness. But even the most fearless question their abilities at times.

getting good

Everyone is so convinced that we are these amazing creatures. We think and feel that just because we are endowed with a conscious it means something. Which is why it’s hard to be honest and admit when we are good or bad at something we love. Now, what’s interesting is that we can be better if we are honest with our current status. But so many can’t get to the point of improving because they are stuck on the fact that you criticized their work. And that criticism is needed; as long as the person giving the criticism knows what they’re talking about. There is no real way to describe it, you just know when it’s right and when it’s not. What’s sad is that not everyone gets that internal response from nature.


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INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE: PUTTING UP DOLLARS TO BUILD YOUR DREAM

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“Put your money where your mouth is.”


put up

A lot of times when we need to build our careers, it takes financing. Financing that the average person does not have in their pockets. So what do you do when you need the money to get started. For me, I have an interest in filmmaking, writing, and photography. So my initial investment in writing is cheaper than filmmaking and photography. Filmmaking and photography are both expensive, so you have to start with small investments. Or, you could try saving up over a long period of time. Then again, there is the reaching out to family and friends, or trying to crowd fund, or trying to get grant money, or a loan, or contest. So as you can see, you have to look under every rock for resources.

how to start

Everyone needs to have a start in life. For me I started writing at the age of 23 years old. I am now 7 years into the writing experience of the novel and screenwriting process. I started filmmaking at the age of 26 and photography in the past 1 year. I started writing with Microsoft word on the school’s computers and eventually bought myself a laptop. But raised funding for my short film through Indiegogo website. I also just so happen had a refund from grad school and bought a starter camera. Since then I bought a prime lens. And now I am taking more and more photos while also writing my first book and self-publishing it.

next step

From the previous passage, you have to now take it a step further by growing your audience in whatever it is you’re doing. For me, I have my social media platforms that I have invested a lot of time and energy. And yet, it is still a work in progress. This is a growth stage that seems to be going nowhere, because in the paradigm there is no movement. You are up and then back down. But over time you start to see the results. Results that typically take years to accomplish.

living life is more important

The reason so many can’t save money is not because of bills. But it’s actually because they want to live their lives. People want new clothes, a car note, and date. And who can blame them, but you now have to be willing to sacrifice your dreams. Because in the building stages, there is no room for both. You have to put these types of things on hold for something much greater.


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THERE IS LEVELS TO THIS GAME: KNOWING YOUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD OF SUCCESS

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“One win leads to another challenge.”


winning

There is nothing like the feeling you get once you have accomplished something big. Mine have come in the form of education and sports growing up in life. I have yet to hit that momentous point in my career. But, I will say that it is a work in progress. Yet for those that do win, they must understand that the fight is not over. Not only is it not over, but you have to continue to play the game like you have not won much at all. You should never get complacent because there are more people ahead, and even more behind you. So be practical with where you are in life. Know that you are not in first place, more like 4th place. And that there are three people ahead of you, and four people behind you just as hungry.

cocky is a death sentence

Understand that even with major jumps in your success, you’re in reality not on top of the world even though you might think you are there already. What do I mean by that? Well, you have for instance, entertainers that get one hit song and think they have just conquered the world. And that is because the heat is so strong. But in reality, they have done what the greats have done, 20, 30, and some 40 times over. This is how some of those people with a new hit become one hit wonders. Because by next year, everyone will want some new hit music. And with no new hits, they fall through the cracks. So don’t get too beside yourself where you’re not able to fully gauge your level.

appreciate your current space

As you come into your success, don’t get complacent and don’t get cocky, but also appreciate where you are at this stage. So many people get caught up in the idea going forward, sometimes they forget how far they’ve come thus far in life. And that loss of appreciation can prove to be disastrous as well. Because you may rise, but not appreciating where you’re at and stacking yourself up against others can lead to depression. You will never feel good enough to continue forward. So persevere, but don’t think you’re bigger than what you are; yet at the same time know you have come far and appreciate that move forward from where you used to be.


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SELF-EMPLOYED: IT SOUNDS MORE FUN THAN IT REALLY IS IN LIFE

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“Nothing moves if you don’t move.”


working for self

Working for yourself sounds good until you have to actually make things happen to bring in an income. The only thing we think about is the lack of boss and making our own hours. You don’t realize you’ll be working longer hours, with fewer days off. Not mention when you first start, you have to continue to work your day job until you get on your feet financially. And that is a process that can take years to be able perform. And here is where the majority of people give up. The idea of working for self sounds good, but not as fun as you thought it would be.

what to do

Most people who says they want to work for self have no clue what it is they want to do. Hell, some people continuously change their passion over and over again. And what happens in this regard is that you never find your home. You stay jumping around from job to job. So, in order to find what you like, try it out. Fall in love with the thing that you want to do. Because once you fall in love with it, you’ll eventually become great at it. Then you will start to generate an income later.

the fall

Everything you try will have a degree of failure. No matter good you think you are, you will fall. Why, well it’s because you’re a novice. In order to get good, you have to keep doing it and failing and keep doing it and failing. Some people might ask, when do I get it; well, it’s called, when it happens. There is no date on your success in life. You have to just sit back let the process take time. It’s like my blog you’re reading. I have been writing for the blog since August of 2015. I have found a lot of my voice, but the initial points were just writing, trying to find my voice. Once you find it, it’s impossible to lose, as long as continue to work.


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FOOT RACE: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THOSE CLOSE TO YOU ARE LEFT BEHIND IN YOUR PURSUITS

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“Run your race.”


running toward first

In the course of trying to climb toward the success you want in your career, you are going to run into a problem. And I am not just talking about a problem in your career pursuits, but one more personal. As you climb you will notice there may be people who are not moving in the same direction as you are in life. So what do you do when those around you, close to you, are not making those same strides. You might have to make a choice to either encourage them to be better or leave them behind. Now, as I say this , I don’t mean you must leave people behind because you’re more successful. I am talking about the gap that will widen in respects to some people around you.

the gap

In the previous post I spoke about the gap widening. And that gap means you and your friends entering life at the same time. And some of you might climb quicker than others. Where you might find yourself having to leave friends behind means the slowing down to let others play catch up. That level of compromise is not something I would advise you to do. You never compromise your success because others might feel some sort of way. For example, you’re about the start a race with everyone at the start line. In the course of the race, you find yourself in 4th place, but you have friends in 5th and 6th. Never slow up to let them catch up. Because 7th and 8th are near and once they pass all three of you are in the back. They’re happy because you’re together, but you could have won. So what’s more important 1st place with few people around or last with your closest friends.

leaving those behind

It’s easy to say, just leave people behind, but it’s much more difficult than that. Especially if the people you plan on leaving behind are friends and family. How do you know if someone is just not where you’re at versus being a ball and chain? Certain indications will let you know when they are a hindrance to your progress. When you’re progressing and they throw out hints about rarely seeing you. They should know that you are trying to build a life for yourself. Or when they take little jabs at the vacations you take or items you purchase. You are not picking up on it because of the sarcasm. But you never want someone to see your success as their failure. Otherwise you will have to remove yourself from the social circle.


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BUILD WITH OR ALONE: SHOULD YOU FIND A MATE TO BUILD A LIFE OR NOT

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“Building together is easier than separate.”


the union

When it comes to pursuing your career, you have to think about some things. One of those things is should I pursue this career alone or with someone by my side. We all would like to go into the world and build, but alone. I mean alone, wouldn’t it be easier with someone. At first we try to go at the build by ourselves, but soon learn how difficult it is to climb alone. And in the process, we meet our significant other and learn two heads are better than one. And here is where most people will build a sustainable life together.

the journey with self

Even with someone in your corner you will have to build a career to some degree alone. So when building purely alone, there comes this hardship with always being to yourself. You don’t have anyone to share anything with; time or stories. The experience of being able to get to that point of success together is diminished. For instance, myself; I am taking this road alone, but I don’t regret it. But that is just me talking, not to say that it’s for anyone else. You just to have a very strong mind, otherwise you will throw your hands in the air and give up. But how will the career build in a relationship be beneficial? I mean after all, the person is not on the job site with you. Your skills are your skills, not their input.

what is the mate’s purpose

When you go to work, it is up to you to be there in the moment and build. Your mate is doing their own thing on their job. So what is their purpose really? Well, for starters, like I said before, you have someone to share your journey with. But besides that, the agony of working a job and then coming home is tough alone. But when there is someone there, they are able to take off the extra that you would otherwise endure alone. They will give the courage to continue forging forward. So the feeling of dealing with work’s struggles are shared.


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FAILURE IN PURSUIT FOR SUCCESS: HOW TO MAINTAIN WHEN FACING FAILURE IN LIFE

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“Keep forging ahead.”


living in the paradigm

While in our pursuit for success, we often find ourselves wallowing in our own self pity. Why, well because in the paradigm of trying to succeed, we are not able to see success as much we are able to see the failure right in front of us. We don’t see the small successes and gains along the pathway because we’re stuck in our hurt. We also don’t see the gains because we are constantly chasing the bigger picture. So you don’t see the small gains when you’re focused on the greater things you seek to achieve.

be easy

Try not to get too caught up in the fact that you are not making the gains you want just yet. Those internal feeling can manifest themselves outwardly. And from here on out, you will experience yourself moving further away from your point in life. So instead of focusing on the fact you are 10 steps ahead, you inadvertently pushed yourself 12 steps back. So it’s ok to be a critic of yourself. But don’t push it too far because you will become your biggest enemy in the process.

more success equals more work

People seem to think that once they arrive where they want to be that the work is complete. They have not made it, they have simply arrived at a certain point. So now, there is constant work just to maintain that point in your life. And here is and even bigger true testament to your standing power. Because a lot of people fall from grace because they cannot maintain their position. They can not keep up with the constant for more and more. So you have to work for years just to make yourself strong enough to deal with the wave ahead.


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