I am now discovering and pursuing my passion. But things are not that easy for me and like what you have written, there are obstacles in claiming your passion. I am a church minister by profession but I am on leave right now because of the sudden death of my wife last year. Lately, I felt that there is something I can do apart from pastoring a church. I feel that my calling is to be a writer; a scriptwriter to be exact, though any kind of writing job will do as for the moment. But with three kids under my custody, pursuing my future writing career is not easy. I have to raise a decent amount to feed my children a decent meal three times a day. Not to mention other expenses that are necessary. I took a risk by filing a family leave from my job and that meant being penniless for a year just to be able to pursue a career in writing. My first year of quest will be over this June but nothing significant has happened yet.
Passion seems to be a “hot” item nowadays. However, pursuing your passion is tough. But I sincerely believe that when you follow your passion, money will follow you. Passion and prosperity are twins. Why do I say this? You see, if you are living your passion, you will be at your best and do things to the best of your abilities and potentials. And more often than not, excellence is rewarded with financial gain in whatever field.
Your decision to take a risk may seem foolhardy to many people but you can take comfort in the following words from this poem that has been handed down from one trainor to another in hundreds of inspirational seminars:
“To laugh to is to risk appearing the fool;
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental;
To reach out to another is to risk involvement;
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self;
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss;
To love is to risk not being loved in return;
To live is to risk dying;
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. ]
A person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and pain but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Charred by his certitude, he is a slave.
He has forfeited his right to freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.”
And may I add, only a person who risks can find his passion in life—and prosperity.
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