Think back to when you were a young child. What were your dreams back then? What did you want to do for a living when you grow up?

Are you living that life now? Why not?

Why do we give up on our dreams?

Why do we settle for a “traditional” 9-5 job instead of following our passion?

Maybe it is because a “traditional” job is considered the safe “smart” choice – the road to security. At least that was what my parents thought, and at the time I probably did to.

But is it?

And why is security more important than passion?

Think about it. You are expected to work hard, put in the minimum hours (preferably more) and be loyal to the company & in return, you receive a paycheck. Every day you can read in the papers about companies letting people go because the margin and profit need to improve to please investors and shareholders. People who have been working 20 – 30 years are being let off because their service is no longer wanted. This can happen to every one of us tomorrow.

Where is the loyalty & security in that?

Loyalty in the corporate world is really a one-way street in my opinion.

This is not a SAFE option anymore. Statistics also show that very few people feel passion, love, and excitement for the work they do!

Is this to live life to the fullest? Without security and without passion!

“Follow your passion and then find a way to make a living on it,” someone ones said.

I choose to follow the road without passion and looking back, this is something I regret.

Growing up, I was a sports fanatic, and I was determined to become a professional, first in ice hockey, and later in golf. I remember that I loved to practice, it was my passion – I could train for hours, even when the rain poured down. And I got good but I didn´t make it to the pros but I could have easily made a living in the sport, as a trainer, as a coach, in a golf store or with a manufacturer. But I gave up. To this day I can’t really say why I quit. I still love the sport.

Some of my friends from my youth continued, and looking back now I think they are the winners. Not because they make more money (some do) but when I talk to them they seem more fulfilled and happy.

If I can pass on one thing to my children – this would be it – to follow their passion. The funny thing is when you are passionate – you get good. When you are good – others get inspired. When others are inspired – you can make money.

But if you, like me, didn’t follow your passion when you were young, is it too late to start now?

Absolutely not!

But it takes courage, determination, and support. It is hard to take on a new direction and changing path in the middle of life when you have a family, a house, mortgages, and responsibilities.

Some people close to you won’t understand and support your decision. Some may even question it. This has to do with their own insecurity and, sometimes, jealousy. You see, they don’t want you to change. Because if you do, the relationship with them will change and it is scary and may even force them to change themselves if they want to continue to be your friend. Maybe, they want to change but don’t have the courage to do so, and then seeing you change will be very tough for them. Therefore, it is hard to change, and you need a support structure to succeed. With SFM you have a whole community supporting and cheering for you. This is UNIQUE.

Besides the community, I have been very fortunate to have an amazing wife that supports me in whatever decision I choose to follow and explore.

How do you know if a change is what you need?

Imagine yourself continue the same way as you do today for another 20, 30 years. Are you excited by that picture?

If Not. Time To Change!

“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 other’s opinions drown your inner voice. You got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you consider great work and the only way to do great work – IS TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO”

Steve Jobs

Live with KARMA,

Christer

Founder, UnlimitedKarma.com

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