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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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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AGE OF PURSUIT: WHEN SHOULD YOU EMBARK ON A CAREER

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“When should I start?”


the start

When you are first entering life, the question looms, “What should I do with my life?” And the answer to that takes time for so many looking to succeed in this world. But when is the best time to pursue your career? Because the quick and easy answer is to say right out of college. But most young people have no clue what they want to do with their lives. And for the few that do, they are usually like myself at the age of 23/24 years. And I would say I got truly serious about the age of 25 years. Now that I am about to be 31 years old, I have made considerable progress. But how do you find that path to starting your career? First you have to make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses before starting. Then find something you love and are good at before pursuing. The reason you have to love it is because you will go years without making money.

the paradigm

Along the path to success, you are going to find yourself feeling so bored and restless. You will think that what you are doing is for nothing because the success takes so much time. And most will give up at this point and take what is given to them. Because most people are not wired to continuously deal with lose after lose after lose and still be left standing. So don’t be stressed out by the fact that you are not moving much in life. You are experiencing little successes so you are progressing. For me, I like to add to my personal website milestone news updates just so when I look back I can see that historical progression. This way, there is a trail to allow me to see how much I changed what I changed about myself to grow.

serendipity 

You will have these euphoric moments where information will start to come together and things will just make sense. And from that everything you do will do and plan on doing will be crystal clear. It makes you sit back and wonder, like, “Oh, this is how our descent ancestors navigated the Earth.” We were able to figure things out, and harness parts of our minds that we didn’t know we could. And over time that growth has led to our vast productivity. No one really has an “Ah Ha” for real in life with no work. The “Ah Ha” is from time put in which leads to these types of moments.


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JOB VERSUS CAREER: WHY SHOULD WORK TOWARD THE CAREER

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“One is a struggle the other is  dream.”


working in life

We go to our jobs on a daily basis and then come home. We go to the workplace then come home. Our lives take on this mundane process that seems to never go anywhere, until we realize there must be a change somewhere. So what is that change that must take place? It’s the change of finding a new job. But you also think about whether you want a job or build a career. Because building a job and having a career are two totally different goals. A job is a wage you’re paid for performing a task and a career is a lot more specialized.

the job

This is what most people have, a job. They go to work, and they perform a task that pretty much anyone can be trained to perform. But it’s just that a task. And when you are working a task that virtually anyone can do, you now put yourself in a binding position. Because now, if anyone can do this you will easily be removed by someone else. But also, once a better means of productivity takes hold, you will be replaced. So without specialization certification you are literally holding to life by a thread.

the career

Let’s get into the career, and acknowledge that this is what most people strive for in life. The difference between a job and career is that working on the register or grill of McDonald’s is a job, but the Regional Manager role is a career. One requires job training to complete, and the other requires your skill to contribute to the overall productivity of the organization. The main reason you want a career is because it doesn’t seem like work. You are doing what you love, so you’re theoretically living out your dreams.


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LIMITED INTEREST: WHAT TO PURSUE WHEN YOU LACK SKILLS

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“I wish I had the it.”


finding talent

All of us have some sort of hidden talent whether we know it or not. And it’s all about unlocking that skill. Now most people will go to work everyday, and never realize their skill. So what do you do when you have limited interest and you have limited skills to become successful in life. You want to do all these great things, but you don’t which way to turn or how to get there. That’s why it’s good to prepare and start off when you’re young, so this doesn’t trail you all through life.

try things

Before I chose to pursue writing as a career interest and now photography, I tried other things. You have to try law, engineering, science, and even general business. And when I say try, I mean you don’t have to dive in full force. There are aspects about each that I looked at and said, “no, this doesn’t fit.” Then I started to write and realized I liked writing screenplays and books. I realized I like photography and filmmaking. And that liking became a career pursuit. So you have to be willing to put yourself in harms way to allow things to formulate.

get a job

Work until you figure something out. But while in the work, try not to get discouraged by the daily grind. Because after all, you have to survive in the world. We have goals and dreams and passions. But you must live from day to day. Just don’t get distracted by the day to day life. Everything becomes so routine that you don’t even think about living anymore. So the days turn to weeks, then months, and before you know it years have gone. And through it all, you still haven’t found your passion.


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LIFE’S PREPARATIONS: WHY FINDING YOUR WAY IS SO HARD IN THE WORLD

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“Ready, set, take on life!”


You go through elementary school, go through middle school, graduate high school, and then graduate college. And once you have complete school, you step into the world and, nothing. Just like that, you graduate on a Sunday and nothing on that Monday morning. That pot of gold that everyone has been telling you about as it pertains to attaining a college education is false. You sit at home in your parent’s house thinking to yourself, “Where should I turn next?” “What is going to be my next move?” “And if I move, how do I find my way from that point on?” That is why it is important to prepare in life for your next move you’re going to make in life. It doesn’t guarantee your plan will work, but at least you have something to keep you on track. But what is it about life that makes things difficult to find your way.

When navigating this terrain called life, you most often receive your initial life training from your parents. They are supposed to provide you with a basic template for where you should be headed in life. Your trajectory comes from them which involves going to school, getting a good job, and starting a family. Yet it’s not quite that simple when you step into the world. Your parents know what’s good for you before you leave the house, but only you know what’s good for you overall in life. So as much as parents think they know, they don’t know your strengths, weaknesses, what motivates you, and what doesn’t motivate you. All of that comes from you as that person. Even after you graduate college, the degree is the icing on the cake toward your success, as I have stated in previous posts. Everything that goes into making that cake comes from you.

So if you want to make that cake that is you being successful, where do you start? Because a cake is a mixture of different ingredients placed in a pan and put in the oven. So what I am saying what constitutes for the flour, corn meal if needed, sugar, butter, will you need crust because instead of a cake you’re making a pie. But wait a minute now, there are some unique cakes that are made with pie crust. Then conversely, can you make a pie cake? As you can see there are so many options to choose from, but the road to making that cake is up to you. Here is something interesting about learning to make a cake. Initially, you’re going to screw up on so many of the cakes you bake. Your first five to ten cakes might turn out to be shit. You have to throw them in the garbage and start out fresh. And it is the failure that terrifies people when navigating through life.

Only baking a cake is easy failure to deal with, yet it is the same path you have to take in life to being good at your career endeavor. We look on and mesmerize at how the person who we look up to are living their lives. But we are only looking at the finished product; we don’t see the whole process. The process that took years to get to this point. I remember hearing Kevin Hart make a statement about how he has only been really making hits for the past four or five years. And you think about that, he has been around for eighteen or nineteen years. But Kevin was on the comedy circuit building himself a name. We only see the highest paid comedian, but we don’t see when he was barely surviving in Philadelphia or Los Angeles. In the end, success is hard to attain because it’s like crossing an alligator swamp with no boat. You have to swim across, and to get to the other side of the swamp, you’re going to have scares of battling gators. And everyone wants to get across with no gator scares, but that’s not possible.


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