You only have one life to live. Our guest today on On Air with Axline Solutions talked about how we can live our dreams and have a career. Many people feel like their dreams either need to be their career or they should give up on them. We sacrifice pieces of ourselves in the name of responsibility. Providing for ourselves is a necessary part of life, but it doesn’t have to be our entire life. Jesse’s tips included:
Respect yourself. Often people feel that since they are pursuing something on the side, they value their talent less. They discount their art, they perform for free, they kill themselves trying to take advantage of all opportunities. Value yourself and your talent. People will pay when they think something is worth something. If you give everything away, people begin to think it’s not very valuable. If you take the same product and charge $5 for one product and $50 for the other, people will want the $50 product because they think it’s better. Learn more here.
Don’t get discouraged. It takes work to live your dream. Sometimes there are setbacks as well. It’s important to realize all of these obstacles are learning experiences. Focus on what you have learned, and then apply those lessons to get one step closer to living your dream.
Set up boundaries. It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay to block out time to ensure you have the time to address critical activities. Don’t let your calendar control you; instead, you need to be in charge of your calendar. By scheduling time, you are taking control rather than letting life happen to you. You will achieve more if you take the time to schedule your priorities.
Unfulfilled passion will leave us feeling empty. These passions are a part of who we are, and to ignore them is like trying to look in the mirror and ignore your nose. Be creative and find ways to live your dream on the side. Live the life you love.
Jana Axline is Chief Project Officer at Project Genetics and the author of Becoming You. Through her leadership musings, she inspires audiences to grow as leaders and ultimately achieve who they were created to be. For more information visit Project Genetics.