How far should you follow your passion?
In a bad economy, savvy entrepreneurs can capitalize on low overhead costs, cheaper commercial leases and advertising
More people are unemployed. There are more spaces for rent. Advertising is cheap. This is a perfect time to start your own business. To put it in a different way, a bad economy is the perfect time to fail a business. You don’t have to invest so much money. There will be more qualified and unemployed people for you to choose from. And you get to do what you love.
A failure could be a great learning experience that will bring you closer to your dream. Yes, even failures can help people realize their dreams. Not everyone knows if their passions are their true calling or just an idea that someone embedded in their minds. A failure can open your eyes. Consider this option if you are unmotivated.
It is easy to lose sight of the big picture when everything around you is failing. It is important to keep focus and know that your health and your family are usually the things you hold dear. Here are some tips to maintain your health and avoid getting stressed out.
1. Stop watching the news and the changes in the Stock Market. Most people are not in the market for short term gains, unless you are a day trader. Keep focused on the long term gains and stick to well managed companies. Remember to diversify your portfolio.
2. Enjoy nature. It’s free and some extra sun will help boost your mood up.
3. Organize your bills and payments. No need to add more stress by missing deadlines. Write down the dates when bills are due.
4. Cook your own food. You will know exactly what goes in your food. Sometimes it’s cheaper to make your own food. I know I tend to eat more when I make my own food. As long as you keep some leftovers for lunch, you won’t have to spend money on another meal.
5. If you have friends or family that you can talk to during this period of financial turmoil, please do so. Relationships can easily be ruined by money and it’s important to let others know how you feel. Don’t put all the financial burden on yourself. It is also a good way to create social networks.
6. Be happy! Smile every day. You have your health. Remember that.
How about doing what you love? For some, this might be the best time to reflect on your life and take a chance. Think of the recession as a wake up call for the dead end job myth you continue to perpetuate. If you’re unmotivated, forget about seeking a job in your field. It doesn’t sound like you like your field anyway. Instead go towards your passion in life and you’ll be more motivated to pursue a dream. An engineer couldn’t find work in her field and so she followed her passion in hairdressing.
Still, the college-educated professional recently struggled to find an engineering position in the dismal job market. “I decided to get creative and completely shift gears.”
She decided to invest in her talents and make the best of it. Stop being job field specific and learn to be talent specific. Get the jobs that you can use to exploit your talents. Go forward with the intention of gaining a new skillset. She didn’t stay home or stop searching. She got creative and made things work for her.
Unmotivated and No Passion to Work?
Usually when people are unmotivated, it is because there is nothing going on in their lives. The repetitive motions of work are making life boring and purposeless. How can you even know what your passion is, if your brain is not working. Your brain is getting lazy and it needs a spark.
Change your environment
This does not mean you need to move out of your comfort zone but it does mean for you to experience new things. A change in environment can provide a new outlook on your life and give you time to reflect on what you have, rather than what you do not have. If you have been on the same path to work every day, then mix it up. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Say hello to someone you would normally walk past. Ask your employer for a new responsibility, or perhaps a job promotion. Create a list of things you can do differently, everyday, for at least 3-4 months. Do not respond to questions like “What have you been up to lately?” with “You know, same old stuff.” Your goal for the next couple of months is to know what makes each day different from the next. Hopefully this type of psychological and physical action can bring back that motivation and help you find your passion.