Successful people all have one thing in common; they enjoy what they do. This is what determines their success; not how much money they make but the fact that they enjoy their work and happen to be rewarded handsomely doing it.
Often, what stops people making money is the word ‘work’ itself. The word ‘work’ has, in the modern day, attracted a negative association that it has to be something we don’t enjoy. “Oh no, not work tomorrow!”
It’s pretty hard to understand why we spend 70% of our lives working, yet the majority of people don’t enjoy or even feel remotely inspired or rewarded by what they do.
Okay, agreed, seldom will you come across someone who enjoys every aspect of their work, and by nature of its modern-day definition, there will always be aspects of work that are compulsory and unenjoyable; end of month accounting is one of those aspects for me!
Turning the Table on “Work”
But let’s flip the pre-programmed meaning of the word ‘work’ for a moment. Work means making money, right? It doesn’t have to mean sitting behind a desk being bored for 8-hours a day.
However, many of us need to endure the boredom to earn enough money to get by, and yet we are still left needing some extra money at the end of the month.
So, how about this. What if making money became a hobby, something you did in your spare time to relax, de-stress and enjoy life. If this were the case, work would become interesting and fun, and in turn, making money would become easier. Think about it, you would naturally work harder doing something you enjoyed.
Making Money as a Hobby
If you need extra money but don’t want to take on extra hours, then think about exploiting your skill set and putting your talents to work – talents being things we usually enjoy but rarely get time to nurture.
For example, if you love fashion and design you could sell clothes or collectables on eBay, if you are entrepreneurial you could hold car boot sales or trade stocks and shares. You could use your creative touch to make handicrafts, music or paintings to sell. There are multiple enjoyable ways to make money, which can be considered hobbies.
The point here is to understand that although you will be doing something new to make money, the money will become the secondary focus point of the activity – the reward for your enjoyment.
The primary focus is on doing something you enjoy, undertaking a challenge, using your skill-set (often unexploited at work) and partaking in work that doesn’t equate to boredom, stress or frustration. Once you start to change your mental association with the word ‘work’ to a positive one, you will be amazed at the possibilities that open up. This is exactly how successful people end up doing work they enjoy.
If you have a talent or passion you think could be monetised, then make making money your hobby and stop associating work solely with things you don’t like doing. Once you start down this route of re-association, doors may well open up that lead you away from that day job you dread so much and into a realm of successful and enjoyable money making.