The Leap of Faith – Why Should You Follow Your Passion?

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs

We live in a society where many things are expected of us. What you should do. How you should live. What you should aim for.

Go through school. Get good grades. Go to university or college. Work hard. Get a well paid job. Buy nice things. Settle down.

Somewhere along the line, we created this perfect picture of life, the ideal model that we’re all supposed to strive towards. In this model, success is often determined by how many zeroes you have at the end of your salary, rather than what you spend your time doing.

For some people the model may work just right. It may allow them to pursue their passion, and do exactly what they planned, regardless of the money. If so, that’s great, keep following that dream!

However, many people follow the model not because they want to, but because:

A) They don’t realise they are following it, or

B) They are scared to do otherwise.

Human beings like the idea of security, of comfort, of a predetermined outcome. They will work hard and stick to the model, but only because there is seemingly a set path, and they know at some point they will be rewarded, often financially. They put their real dreams on the back burner, and instead opt for safety.

Sometimes the safe option isn’t the right one. It may not get you to where you truly want to be, and it’s not always as secure and clear cut as it first appears. How secure is an income stream that could be finished in just a few words: “You’re fired”.

Instead of blindly accepting the established model, stop for a second and think about what you really love doing. What are you good at, and what would you do if money were no object?

It may be crafts, martial arts, blogging, writing, triathlon, racquetlon, travelling, building, helping people. Whatever it is, it really doesn’t matter – everyone is different.

If you are only on this earth for a limited amount of time, does it not make more sense to spend every day doing the things you love, rather than working really hard at something you don’t enjoy and waiting until those few days of holiday you get each year, or in some cases until retirement?

Rather than focussing on the money and taking what appears to be the safe option, does it not make more sense to value your time more than your money, and spend it following your passion?

It may sound farfetched, but in reality it’s not so unreasonable. Many many people do it.

Alex Honnold dropped out of university to follow his passion of climbing. He didn’t even know there was such thing as a professional climber, or that he could get paid for doing it. He just chased his dream, and now is one of the most successful climbers in the world. Stories like this are a lot more common than you think.

One of the main things that stop most people from following their passion is uncertainty. The fear of failing and not being able to make ends meet – and it’s completely understandable.

Healer and international speaker Dr. John Martini said: “if the why is powerful enough, the hows will take care of themselves”. In some strange sort of way, sometimes it seems the universe rewards us for following our hearts, for letting go of the fear.

But it takes a lot of courage to take that leap of faith, into the unknown. There’s no guarantee of success. No mapped out path. No definite reward. It’s hard, scary and often lonely. But the rewards can be massive, compared to a life spent stuck in the old model, doing something you don’t really want to do.

Following your passion is one of the keys to a happy, healthy existence. Working a job you hate just to earn a high salary is stressful, unnatural, and in the end often leads to disease. It’s also very difficult to produce great work when you are not in the right mindset. The best is only produced by those who are passionate about what they do.

When you are passionate, you can become a master, and can inspire others to do the same. They can then inspire many others, and before you know it we have generations of people following their dreams, and producing great work.

Some of you may currently be stuck in the model without even realising it. Some of you may be on the edge of the precipice, wondering whether to take the leap of faith and begin your own escape journey.

It can be a difficult decision to make, but ask yourself; if you carry on the path you are currently on, will you truly be satisfied? Will you have no regrets at the end of your life?

If you can answer with a resounding ‘yes’, that’s great. Keep doing what you’re doing.

If not, it may be time to make some changes. Put in place a plan to get you where you want to be, regardless of what the model says. What action can you do today to take you closer to that goal?

Then, be brave, and take that leap of faith. And don’t look back. You may fail a few times, but don’t be deterred. Pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes, grow from them, and keep working hard.

Smile, breathe and keep moving forward – and get to where you want to be.

Forget the money. If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing, in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, and it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it.

Alan Watts

What can you do today to take a step towards your dream? How can you get to where you want to be? 


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Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

26 Responses to “The Leap of Faith – Why Should You Follow Your Passion?

  • Reblogueó esto en Tu eterna estudiantey comentado:
    “No hay nada mas poderoso que una idea a la que le ha llegado su tiempo” Victor Hugo

    Cada vez son más las personas que proponen “otros modelos de vida” y cada vez son más los ejemplos de personas que buscaron su propio modelo de éxito y triunfaron.

    Os recomiendo la lectura de: ” El elemento” de Sir Ken Robinson. Es un canto a la creatividad y a descubrir nuestros talentos personales, además de poner de manifiesto lo que no funciona del actual sistema educativo.

    Me despido con la canción de Galadriel:
    (Sindarin)

    I amar prestar aen
    “El mundo ha cambiado”
    Han mathon ne nen
    “Lo siento en el agua”
    Han mathon ne chae
    “Lo siento en la tierra”
    A han noston ned ´wilith
    “Lo huelo en el aire”

  • Yes, yes, yes!!! Thank you for a fantastic post.
    I’m an vegan/veggie food photographer – talking of finding a specialised niche! I passionately love what I do and truly believe that I can make a difference with my work every day! Follow that dream 🙂

  • Really inspiring. Wonderful Job!

  • This is exactly what I need today! Thank you!

  • Great post. I found it thought provoking and it’s liberating to see that living your purpose and dream is possible. Are you happy for me to reblog this post on my blog?

  • Great post. Masters love to find students who have true passion / love for the mastery, whatever their particular thing may be.

  • That was a good article, I totally agree and couldn’t have written it better.

  • I’d love to throw caution to the wind and open a vegan cafe, but London is an expensive place to live and whether I like it or not, money is a priority at the moment. I do have a plan though, and I WILL fulfil that dream in about 3 years, until then I need to save enough to get it started! Great blog, I like the bullet point kind of theme you have. Thanks for the follow too! 🙂

  • Some good points. I also wanted to follow my passion and so I started a blog 🙂 However it’s more of a side gig since I get no money. In real life I am an office drone 🙁

  • Mitch K
    4 years ago

    If you take the leap how do you explain to your children that they have to dress in rags from the cheapie shop because although daddy is following his passion it doesn’t make enough to feed, clothe and house them decently?

    • Yeah that’s definitely a tough one. But making incremental changes, day after day, that take you closer to your desired goal may be an option. This would then reduce the width of the precipice so to speak, so the leap of faith isn’t so scary, and wouldn’t have such a big impact if it failed. There’s still an element of risk, but it’s definitely reduced somewhat.

      I’ll be writing a post on this soon, thanks for the comment!

      Luke

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