I have just finished reading an article written by Jim Rohn about life and how it really is just one big canvas. As individuals we all chose what we are going to fill that canvas with.
I appreciate art, some forms more than others. Street art appeals to me, black and white photography appeals to me. I also like old cars, their style, their simplicity. Even the basic Morris Minor, I love the curves that shape it and the chrome that you just don't see on cars any more, but I realise that what appeals to me doesn't appeal to everyone and that's what makes us different. The same applies to who we are attracted to, where we want to live, what foods we like, what type of work we enjoy.
My canvas at the end of the day is going to be completely different from anyone else's, but the important thing is that it is filled with the things I enjoy. How sad it would be to get to the end of your life and view your canvas and either not like it or not recognise it as yours.
This is why I promote personal development and the idea of building a profitable passion project, something that resonates with who you are. I feel that through working on things we love and making the most of opportunities we can build the life we want, not one filled with regrets.
If you want to be able to enjoy a certain lifestyle, you need disposable income and creating a profitable passion project is one way of achieving this. There are other ways such as building up a super fund or investment portfolios through property, stock and shares or trading foreign currency, however, I don't believe any of these strategies would feel as purposeful or personally rewarding as building your own small business from something you really love.
As I have stated in previous posts, it doesn't cost a lot to build a sideline business. It's often just a matter of making time to slowly work at a project, developing it as your knowledge and confidence grow. At the end of the day though you should have a business which is providing you with an extra income stream or two, plus you are building an asset which if built with foresight in mind, could be sold further down the track.
You may already have a business idea in your head, one which has been taunting you for sometime now, get out a pen and paper and start developing your idea, play with it, chat to your friends about it, do something with it. If you go to the passionate entrepreneurs page you will read about how several people have developed their interests into businesses they are passionate about, the most recent featured being Fiona Arthur from Brisbane, Australia. Fiona had an idea floating around in her head, she shared it with friends, her hubby Conrad and after it was keeping her awake at night, she decided to take action and start her own events planning business, all while being a full time mum to her six young kids. Read her story and be inspired, then start adding some colour to your life canvas. You won't regret it.
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