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    I'm so sick of the whole get a high paying job just to have status and a ton of money. I want to do something more, contribute in some way, serve sort of like how Jobs lived his life. He always advocated doing what he loved http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/j...bs-061505.html

    I googled how to find what you love and this came up http://briankim.net/blog/2006/07/how...ou-love-to-do/

    I had an idea of opening a sort of spiritual bookstore but obviously Amazon is killing that idea. I just don't want to be like the majority of people who are just goign to jobs they hate just to survive. That's not living. That's just existing.

    Anybody here able to "escape" the system and do what they love and survive?

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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    I have a book suggestion for you:

    "Crush It"

    In this book the author tackles this very subject and give you a road map to see it through.
    “Bundinn er bátlaus maður”

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    Quote Posted by Rambo45 (here)
    I'm so sick of the whole get a high paying job just to have status and a ton of money. I want to do something more, contribute in some way, serve sort of like how Jobs lived his life. He always advocated doing what he loved http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/j...bs-061505.html

    I googled how to find what you love and this came up http://briankim.net/blog/2006/07/how...ou-love-to-do/

    I had an idea of opening a sort of spiritual bookstore but obviously Amazon is killing that idea. I just don't want to be like the majority of people who are just goign to jobs they hate just to survive. That's not living. That's just existing.

    Anybody here able to "escape" the system and do what they love and survive?
    You can do what you want, but you have to really work at it. Anything is possible, it really is.

    The mind tends to project onto the world the things that you're interested in and this manifests situations (you have to learn to recognise them) that can help you on your way.

    K
    In all ages, in all lands, there have been those who seek truth. This seeking is an individual's search for something more than self, and much more than the confines of this worldly system. It is the seeker, who understands there is more than what meets the eye, who is not afraid and makes the choice to go into the unknown. The process of awaking has begun, the discovery is underway.
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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    will be soon

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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    No, currently I do not make a living doing what I love. This, however, is my life's dream. Sometimes it feels so elusive and far off. Other times I can feel it right around the corner. However, in my heart I know it will happen, it's just a matter of time.

    Good luck in your search.
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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    I am doing what I love to do ....enjoying life.
    I do not work, I am on welfare.
    All I do is fish and phuck

    and I don't fish much


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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    Quote Posted by Rambo45 (here)
    Anybody here able to "escape" the system and do what they love and survive?
    Yes. The more things you love, the easier it is.

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    After retiring from The Police Dept. carrying a gun and wearing a bullet proof vest. I know deliver flowers and plants to some beautiful people here in NYC. Yes I Must Say I do Love My Job. Dungarees and Sneakers works out for me pretty nicely.
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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    I was always passionately driven to do interesting and unusual things,
    luckily some of those activities turned out to be commercially viable (small scale)

    I think the main reason for people not doing stuff they love, is a lack of passion... I dont know how to fix that....

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    I do indeed enjoy my job. I do this every weekend all year round. Now it's summer and I'm doing this everyday.

    You'd be surprised at how many people frown at this type of work. Of course in my face they show respect but they wouldn't want me influencing their kids.. lol

    It's a great escape from it all. I have helped hundreds of people get into this line of work. Especially in Japan. I think there are at least 75 performers now globe trotting from Japan that I helped from the start. Love seeing them live the life.


    Sorry to those that have already seen this

    Oh BTW I'm in Canada now.. I have 3 more festivals to go. Port Credit tomorrow and then Toronto and then Niagara Falls. I'm meeting a few members in Toronto.

    Ski-

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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    yes I do!

    I am a very successful "Sign Artist" on the Olympic Peninsula. I started doing what I love in 1979 after several years as a paid firefighter. Now I get up every morning and go next door to my studio and build beautiful signs and do murals and other odd pieces, I still use a brush to handletter and build all my own signs. I also have a beautiful place to live here in the Olympic Mountains. The straits of Juan De Fuca in my front yard and the Olympic National Park in my back yard............ Life cannot get any better than this.

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    .......also I forgot to add my philosophy........"Do what you love....the money will always be there" Besides...it is never about the money...it is ALL about following your bliss!

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    I am working towards this as well. I've got 'the doing what you love' part down perfectly...just need to get the 'make a living from it' part happening. I am mom to a three year old boy and taking care of him is (most of the time ) a joy. But I am also an artist and writer, and really want to be able to make a decent living from these things. Right now I just keep following where my energy draws me, I spend a few days writing, then I get down on the floor and play with wire and wool and fabric etc and make some cool dolls, then I might feel to do some digital art....I call it the 'love experiment'...because I believe that the new paradigm that is emerging supports a position where we are in a natural flow, putting out what we love and getting back what we need. But we are in a transition period, so the old energy of having to compromise yourself for money is still weighing on our belief system.
    I am lucky though because my partner has a great satisfying job that he loves (ecologist finding endangered plants and animals which protects these areas from being logged). Because his job takes care of our basic needs (we live very simply) I can pursue what I love.

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    Quote Posted by SKIBADABOMSKI (here)
    I do indeed enjoy my job. I do this every weekend all year round. Now it's summer and I'm doing this everyday.

    You'd be surprised at how many people frown at this type of work. Of course in my face they show respect but they wouldn't want me influencing their kids.. lol

    It's a great escape from it all. I have helped hundreds of people get into this line of work. Especially in Japan. I think there are at least 75 performers now globe trotting from Japan that I helped from the start. Love seeing them live the life.


    Sorry to those that have already seen this

    Oh BTW I'm in Canada now.. I have 3 more festivals to go. Port Credit tomorrow and then Toronto and then Niagara Falls. I'm meeting a few members in Toronto.

    Ski-
    Damn Ski, that's awesome brother!!! No, I hadn't seen you in action before, thanks. Which one's you?

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    P.S. If I had a kid, you could influence them any day. So how are you with dogs then?

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    I sort of fell in to picture framing, and I have indeed learned to love it. It is just the day job however, and family, kitty cats, and podunk magic occupy my free time and receive the warmest fuzzy feelings, for sure. Lord knows what I do for a living isn't saving lives or anything noble, but when that little old lady comes in with a fifty year old picture of her dead husband, that picture is just as important to me as it is to her while she stands there selecting her framing materials, so in a way one could say I make a very big difference in a very small way. That is a general example, but you get the point. My attitude towards what I do is not at all what I am paid to do, I am paid to sell frames and manage the store, but my attitude does turn most of what I do into service to others, in a sense. It will do until the SHTF, or doesn't. Then I will make the quick shift from fRAmer to fARmer. Once I decided I had enough non perishable food stuff, I started throwing all my spare change at heirloom seeds. I am wandering off topic, so I will leave it at that.
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    Yep....I'm a glassblower and I love it. I used to make a much much much better living doing something that I hated. My future is less certain doing this, because I will have far less saved up along the way to show for my journey, but that is just part of the journey as well. The fact that you've starting looking for the thing you love to do to make a living is a pretty good first step, I'd say. It's like taking the red or the blue pill....once you start the process of searching for it, it's not likely you'll stop. Good luck!

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    Yes, I'm doing what I love to do. Living in the country, surrounded by animals and my family. Working toward being completely self sustaining. Pleasing myself how much I work or how little I work. Learning to farm holistically so the farm will actually make some money also. Plenty of space, nature. Lots of hands on work but that is satisfying. Most things just happen or manifest when I focus on them long enough. A sense of the miraculous which is a delight.

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    I'm the mancunian little **** ..lol (the white one) The mongolian moody monkey is my partner lol.. sorry 10 years working together.

    I just noticed also in the video.. there is a clip where we are outside a cathedral, yes thats the one in Christchurch and we were performing in Feb 2011, later that week that steeple fell over onto that exact spot at about the same time of day we were performing. Incidentally we missed that earthquake by 48 hours.

    It's a shame that I don't get a chance to speak to the audiences much. Last month I was bored and I was googling about and found a page about our show in Singapore and this girls mother had lost her husband and was house bound for nearly a year and was pretty ready to give up on life. The girl watched our show and then the next evening dragged her mother out to watch our show.
    She said she never watched any of our performance that night because she was just watching her mothers laughter as she cried.

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    Yes. 14 years in the fire service and still loving it. Took 2 years to get in and I took a big pay cut from being a telecoms engineer but it was worth it. I was at a point in life where it felt like there was no meaning. It was conscious intention to do something i was passionate about regardless of all the other options. Never looked back.

    Funnily enough it eventually led me here to Avalon. When I watched 911 on the tv, I knew (because of my training) that something was fishy. Buildings dont just fall down like that. I began to dig ....next thing I'm watching Camelot videos....

    As i assess how things have developed I wonder if its not so important what I ended up doing but the fact that I took control and decided to follow my heart rather than my head. That has led to me becoming aware of the ego and having a spiritual aspect to my life. I now realise this is an extremely important development. I think that is the lesson for me maybe., but still learning every day.
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    Yes, I teach psychology at a community college. Love the work and the time off that it gives me to pursue other things.
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