WHEN TO QUIT YOUR PASSION AND CHANGE COURSE

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I achieved clarity at that moment and decided that it didn’t matter if I didn’t become a great trombone player, band director, or composer. These were things I liked to do, but I didn’t feel the need to push toward them all day, every day.

At that point, I changed the game.
For some, and I believe it's more than we think, following your passion is counterproductive to having a great life.


When to Quit your Passion and Change Course

Joe Mobley
#change #passion #quit
  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    I believe if you have set your mind and heart on achieving something you Really want, no matter what, then you will do whatever it takes to achieve it.

    And doing whatever it takes is a pretty bold statement. Sometimes it means persistence, sometimes sacrifice, usually both. At the end of the day working towards that goal with burning desire is it's own reward.

    When the lights shine upon those who finished that part of their journey, they light a transformed human being, not the one who begun the journey.
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    • Profile picture of the author Aurelijus
      Aggrrh, we will never know correct answer.

      Businessmen tell you to be flexible with your goals, self-help coaches tell you to persist and push forwards.

      It's never ending argument.

      "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
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      • Profile picture of the author John Ebook
        Originally Posted by Aurelijus View Post

        Aggrrh, we will never know correct answer.
        That's really true. We'll never know the correct answer because there isn't one correct answer. It's really what's right for each person. How much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your dreams.

        As long as you're not ready to quit, keep shooting for them.
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        • I read this article also. I think people cut their losses to soon. Generally the clients I work with (and myself included) haven't even taken the minimum steps necessary to accomplish something.

          A couple of examples:

          I had a client that was working on a regimen of going to the gym. I followed up with him a few weeks later and asked how it was going. Essentially he had decided to change course and do home workouts because the gym was a pain to go to and he wasn't seeing results. I asked how long he went, and he said just shy of two weeks. That is changing course too early, I told him to try 30 days and see if there is any result. You have to give some things a chance. People are in the microwave mindset too often.

          Another client was an internet business. He couldn't get traffic. First question I asked was how long has your website been up? He said 6 months, coach, it's time to do something different. I said hold on a minute. What are your traffic methods. He said he was trying to get traffic through SEO and social media. Good traffic methods, 6 months probably should have some traffic from those methods. So I asked, are you using wordpress? He said yup! Great, click on the posts button from your dashboard, how many do you have? 6 he said. Not time to change course, buddy. You aren't disciplined enough to create consistent content. 6 posts in 6 months is not going to get you traffic no matter how good the content is. Changing course is going to give you the same results. Do 60 posts next month and see if you get a visitor.

          In conclusion, I was a bit frustrated by this change course article because I think people change course too often thinking they have given their all, when in fact changing course is going to lead to the same result because they haven't given their all.

          I think everyone that is thinking about changing course should seek the advice of someone in that field to make sure that there is nothing more they can try, before just switching to something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    i really have passion in my cooking.. but i refuse to work in a kitchen . and cook 12 hours a day every day . producing the same dishes day after day .

    on the other hand i want to move to where i can grow some of the top quality fresh ingredients ..can i turn that into something i make money doing some day ..and use modern internet marketing methods to build a local client base and market more profitably than simply going to the farmers market .

    there are also many things involved with growing food that engage many different passions .

    many times the passion itself is not the real passion.. but say by playing a video game for ten hours a day ..identifying the actions you take in playing ..your play style .. you can identify your most enjoyable work patterns ..that can be apllied to building a skill in real life ..or creating a small business .
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    • Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      i really have passion in my cooking.. but i refuse to work in a kitchen . and cook 12 hours a day every day . producing the same dishes day after day .

      on the other hand i want to move to where i can grow some of the top quality fresh ingredients ..can i turn that into something i make money doing some day ..and use modern internet marketing methods to build a local client base and market more profitably than simply going to the farmers market .

      there are also many things involved with growing food that engage many different passions .

      many times the passion itself is not the real passion.. but say by playing a video game for ten hours a day ..identifying the actions you take in playing ..your play style .. you can identify your most enjoyable work patterns ..that can be apllied to building a skill in real life ..or creating a small business .

      Please note everything I say is my opinion, but I think there are a lot of options for someone like you. People are always looking for new ways to cook, new ingredients, where to buy ingredients how to select ingredients, easy to follow cooking instructions, cooking videos, etc.

      This stuff can easily be monetized. Read and recommend cookbooks, use Google ads or whatever, just build your personal brand and get a following.

      Remember, you don't have to personally sell anything (make the same dishes over and over again) to profit. Foodnetwork has made a fortune off just showing people how to cook, there is plenty of room in that space for competitors, especially for those who just are searching for something on demand versus watching hours of cooking shows!
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    the food network starz are generally trained chefs and restaurant owners ..yeah it's the only tv i watch if i watch tv .

    I am putting ideas together right now ..so a you tube channel and a forum or a blog ..will be in the cards in a few months ..once i get to the tropical country i want to be in and start building the life i want ..I have been working on my personality.. presentation and preferred media .

    the goal right now is to get a piece of land big enough that either has food growing on it already or can be planted and turned into a permaculture farm ..but also set up a mini resort for people to come to to eat food prepared with some the freshest ingredients possible during their stay ..so once i get the ball rolling i with be using you tube and a forum ..and a blog to put the best forum post on and add new videos to .. and build a following as i build everything else .

    I just have no money or no income right now ..and i need to stay around until my nephews wedding in early November..
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    • Profile picture of the author desley
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      the food network starz are generally trained chefs and restaurant owners ..yeah it's the only tv i watch if i watch tv .

      I am putting ideas together right now ..so a you tube channel and a forum or a blog ..will be in the cards in a few months ..once i get to the tropical country i want to be in and start building the life i want ..I have been working on my personality.. presentation and preferred media .

      the goal right now is to get a piece of land big enough that either has food growing on it already or can be planted and turned into a permaculture farm ..but also set up a mini resort for people to come to to eat food prepared with some the freshest ingredients possible during their stay ..so once i get the ball rolling i with be using you tube and a forum ..and a blog to put the best forum post on and add new videos to .. and build a following as i build everything else .

      I just have no money or no income right now ..and i need to stay around until my nephews wedding in early November..


      You have some great ideas; however may I put forward is that you don't need a lot of money right now to start selling over the internet - this appears to be a barrier for you starting right now so when you have the land you'll start then.

      May I put forward that all you require right now in the way of $$$ is the cost of:
      • Domain name - which you can purchase for around $10 USD for 1 year
      • Webhosting - which you can either pay monthly for around $8-$9 or if you can afford it 1-2 years of webhosting.
      • A computer, broadband (which you clearly already have).
      • A webcam - hopefully you have one attached to your computer.
      • Maybe a headset with a microphone (Cost around $15 - $30 AUD)
      • Clickbank account (free)
      • Paypal account (free)
      • Recording software like Camtasia (can get free stuff - just Google it)
      • YouTube account (free)
      • Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts (free)
      • Windows movie maker (free with Windows PC's
      • Email account (free if you use Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo)
      That's it!!
      You can put up a Wordpress blog from the CPanel on your webhosting account (free - as long as you have the domain name and web hosting - I don't recommend their free WP blogs with their extension in the domain name as you can't promote any type of affiliate products.) and you now have a website!



      This way you could start your blog; upload pictures and videos or have them streaming from YouTube; make some snappy 1-3 minute videos and host on YouTube and then put them on your blog.


      You could include on your blog Clickbank affiliate products and whalla - you're in business. If you spend say half an hour a day on your blog writing articles or uploading different recipes, photos or whatever - you'll soon see your blog making an impact. This way when you do purchase your land, shift in and start your garden and your offline business - you already have a potential clientele who already trust you and you can tap into and ask them to spread the word for you.


      I guess what I'm saying is that it doesn't take a huge amount of money to get started. Sometimes we put up money barriers, think we need all the bells and whistles immediately, without potentially thinking of ways we can do stuff which is equally cost effective for as little as possible.


      I hope this assists.
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    Following your passion does make things easy. However we can easily mistake for what we like as passion. I like to scuba dive, but not to the point of being passionate about it. I love to write and I am passionate about it. Passion is something you need or must do. Your day is not complete if you don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    The answer will depend on each person. I have always believed that it's not failure if we stopped trying and changed course. It's just that we think we already gave too much of our time and energy that it's no longer worth it and it's making us unhappy. Sometimes, things were never meant to be and if we can accept that, we can be happier.
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  • Profile picture of the author janetjay
    You raise a really good point and interesting concept. In my experience there is a difference between your passion and what you're here to do - your higher purpose. They are not always the same. So if your passion is not in alignment with your purpose then you might want your passion to remain a hobby. Lucky are those who can combine them!
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    • Profile picture of the author BryanEllis
      Great perspectives from everyone. I sure don't know much, but I can tell you that as long as my own passion was attributed to or associated with certain things, actions, jobs, talents, etc....no matter how great I was/am at them, it takes away from the quality of life in all areas. Imagine if developing or finding a passion for the dance between things, between doing, not-doing, and being; could actually be your key to strengthening and developing each of those aspects individually. Meaning: if you can learn to appreciate and even embrace and work with the ebb and flow of life, as opposed to trying to hold on to the mountains and get rid of the valleys, you will find a passion for all that unfolds before you, no matter how uncertain or unexpected, and you will learn how to dance with it, and capitalize on it. Capitalizing on anything, in my book, is hopefully representative of a very mutually beneficial relationship or transaction between all parties involved.

      Mad love.

      Be
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  • Profile picture of the author rdpayne
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.
    -W. C. Fields
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Never give up on following your passions.
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