10 Motivational Quotes to Conquer Fear and Do What You Love

Like me, you’ve probably stayed at a job you hated for too long or put off doing something you cared about because of fear. Like Robert Kiyosaki said, “Fear is the biggest detractor to human genius.” It literally paralyzes us into inaction.

How many times have you delayed something you really wanted to do because you were scared? I used to waste time reading a bunch of blogging-related articles because I was just too afraid to launch my blog. I’d let my lack of coding knowledge intimidate me instead of building the courage to just figure things out. And when I finally did it, the world didn’t fall apart like I imagined.

If you often hesitate to take action because of fear, these inspirational career quotes will push you to take the leap.

“There are funerals held every day for the opportunities we allow to die out.” – Shirazi

“The tragedy is that society (your school, your boss, your government, your family) keeps drumming the genius part out. The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.” – Seth Godin

“What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Lewis Howes

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.” – Tim Ferriss

 

“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” ― Richie Norton

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Tony Robbins 

“When it comes down to it, nothing trumps execution.” Gary Vaynerchuk

“You will find there are times you must grasp your life with both hands and forcefully steer it in a new direction and then strain to hold your course until the storms of fear, weakness, and doubt abate.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

Your turn to share! Do you have any favorite quotes? Please let me know in the comments.

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4 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year you promise yourself to pay off your debts or visit a new country. Whatever goal you set for the new year, by articulating them, you’ve taken the first step toward accomplishing them. But that’s the easy part.

Identifying our goals is key to reaching fulfillment. It helps us stay focused and gives us a sense of direction. With the new year around the corner, it’s a good time to take a step back and reflect on resolutions that need to be made. But it’s one thing to have a goal and another to make the effort to achieve it. It’s even more important to have a plan for making it all happen.

It’s not uncommon for people to set the same resolutions each year. That’s because they don’t really develop a true sense of commitment. They quickly forget about them after the first few days when all the hype is gone. And I get it, it’s hard. Staying motivated is the biggest obstacle. You usually feel this intrinsic energy at the beginning, but it tends to dwindle as the months go by. There is more to it than sustaining motivation though.

The Problem With How We Set Goals

When it comes to goal setting, we tend to focus on the changes we want to see in our lives, but not on the steps that will lead to them. We aim for things like losing 10 pounds by summer, but we don’t look at what we can change in our diet or commit to going to the gym at least once a week. Or we say things like, “I want to read one book a week” without making time each day to read a few pages.

As James Clear argues in How to Achieve Your Goals Easily, “the problem is this: we set a deadline, but not a schedule.” In other words, we focus on the outcome, but not on the process. As a result, we tend to set goals that don’t take our reality into account and pressure ourselves to achieve them by the arbitrary deadline. We only look at the end goal instead of the building blocks that will allow us to get there. And when it doesn’t happen, we feel like a failure.

How to Set Your Goals

Think about where you are in life. Is there anything you’d like to change? How have your actions in 2016 contributed to your long-term vision? Do you feel closer to where you wanna be? Try to objectively answer these questions.

Did you only work hard for a raise, yet promise yourself you’d diversify your income? Be honest with yourself. We all struggle to create the changes we want to see in our lives, but it’s only by acknowledging them that we can make progress. If your current situation fulfills you, congratulations! I wanna be like you when I grow up!

When setting goals, you’re essentially trying to bridge the gap between your dreams and reality. If you don’t take your current situation into account, you risk falling into delusion.

Take Jamie for example. She has 3 kids and is the only breadwinner in the family because her husband is a stay-at-home dad. She makes about $70K a year working as a communications director at a non-profit and that’s her only source of income. If Jamie makes the resolution to become a millionaire by the end of 2017 without changing anything about her situation, she’s not being realistic. It’s not like she can magically get that kind of promotion at her job. Instead, if she decides to increase her income by $36K, that’s a more approachable goal – and one that can eventually lead to her dream of becoming a millionaire. Breaking it down, she’d need to make an extra $3,000 a month and she can do that if she gets a raise and makes time to freelance on the side. And again, she’d have to take an objective look at her life and figure out these pockets of time.

I’m not saying you should lower your expectations, but rather, stay away from arbitrary deadlines for these lofty goals. Think about what you can do now to create a different outcome and focus on that.

How to Accomplish Your Goals

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Now that we’ve established how to set goals, let’s talk about ways in which you can actually accomplish them.

In the past year, I have set many many goals. Some I was able to achieve and others I’m still working on. I am slowly figuring out the strategies that guarantee results and have come up with a few solid ones:

Be specific

Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. Wishes are nice, but they don’t pay the bills or make us happy. It’s easier to do that with some goals than with others, but you can create a plan for everything. Let’s look at some scenarios:

Example 1: Shaun wants to become a Forbes contributor. Where does he go from there? These are all things he can do to maximize his chances:

a. Develop his expertise

  • Identify his area of expertise
  • Learn as much as he can on the topic (from blogs, interviews, podcasts etc.)

b. Build his portfolio

  • Share his thoughts by launching a blog, podcast or YouTube channel
  • Produce as much content as he can (2-3x a week)
  • Get publicity from smaller publications (Cold pitch editors)

c. Research his publication of interest (in this case, Forbes)

  • Familiarize himself with their voice and try to implement that in his own writing style
  • Look for what they’re missing in terms of content
  • Determine how he can use your expertise to bring value to them

d. Connect with already existing contributors and get their insights

  • Research the content in his specific niche and collect the writers’ information
  • Cold email 2-3 of these people every day and see who responds
  • Invite them out for coffee and ask as many questions as possible
  • Build relationships with these insiders and express his interest in contributing

Shaun can easily just set the vague goal of becoming an influencer. But he knows that’s not specific enough, so he figures out exactly how he wants to do that. Once he establishes that he wants to do it through having a Forbes column, he chooses to be proactive and commit to small, daily goals. With much consistency, he will eventually be able to reach his goal.

Example 2: Cynthia plans to enroll in grad school next year, but before that, she wants to save as much money as she can. A vague goal would be, “I want to make more money so I can save more.” A better goal setting approach would be, “I want to save $12,000 before grad school next year.” For her to make that much, she knows she first needs to make more money at her job or find other ways to make money. Here are steps Cynthia can take:

a. Get a raise

b. Monetize her other skills (i.e. finding bargain deals, travel planning, coupon collecting)

c. Sell a product (i.e. start an Etsy store or resell thrift deals on Ebay or Amazon)

Sometimes, our goals are so grand that they can overwhelm us. Work backwards. From the big vision, determine the small, measurable steps. And by that I mean, outline the entire process. You will not only have a sense of direction, but you’ll be able to celebrate small victories. Create a system and stick to it.

Set visual reminders

On your walls, on your desk, on your fridge, on your lock screen or on your car wheel – set visual reminders everywhere. If you can picture it, you can do it. Visual boards work wonders. You can even host a “visual board” party with your friends where you add pictures or other pieces of content that remind you of your goals. Want to learn photography? Cut out a pic of a camera (okay, this may be too literal, but you get the idea). Seeing your goals is more powerful than writing it down.

With that said, having a checklist is just as fine. To-do lists work wonders for me. They help structure my thoughts and get things done one by one. But if you’re a visual learner, find ways to include post-its in places where you’re more likely to see them.

You can even treat your social media platforms like an extension of your visual boards. Fill your Twitter feed with inspirational quotes or the updates of the people you admire. If you want to become a jewelry designer, crowd your Pinterest boards with techniques and images. Save your favorite motivational TED talks or YouTube videos. You can design your environment in such way that it becomes your visual reminder.

Track your performance

Every 1st of the month is like a new year for me. I take it as an opportunity to review the previous month, see where I stand with my goals and determine what to do next. Whether you do that monthly or quarterly, be sure to set some time to track your progress. This will keep you connected with your goals and ensure you’re going in the right direction.

As some saying goes, it’s only when you look back that you can see how far you’ve come. Be sure to check in every now and then and stay in touch with yourself.

Have accountability

When you have people to hold you accountable for your goals, you tend to feel more motivated to reach them. This probably has to do with our ego – which often wants to “prove something” to others and ourselves. A great way to do that is to tell people.

Sure, it’s embarrassing to share your shortcomings, but you’d be surprised by how much support you get once you tell people what you’re working on. Join mastermind groups or document your goals via public blog posts. It will help you stay in track and you might find out that you’re not alone in your journey.

As I once read, “One year from now, you’ll wish you had started today. It’s that simple. Just start.” It may seem like nothing is changing day by day, but when you look back, you will realize all the progress you’ll have made.

Don’t let your goals drown in your daily routine. Change your routine so that you can reach your goals. Most importantly, make some new resolutions each year.

What are your 2017 goals? Let me know in the comments!

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Your Dreams Don’t Have to Make Sense to Anyone.

When I was little, I felt the pressure to blend in with my classmates when my teachers asked what I wanted to be when I grow up. I’d absentmindedly repeat what everyone expected me to become, “a teacher”.

Exploring My Potential

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At a young age, I taught kids from low-income neighborhoods how to read and write. I really enjoyed the experience; it was not only humbling, but very fulfilling. This is how my family and friends came to think of me as a teacher. I absolutely loved it, but I always felt like I could do more. Yet, my career options were limited – or so I thought at the time.

Growing up, I was never encouraged to challenge the status quo. That applied to my career as I thought having a traditional profession was the only way to success. Despite that mindset, I jumped on every opportunity to release my potential. I created a few side hustles, which I documented here. I participated in extracurricular activities and cultivated hobbies.

Articulating My Vision 

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At 13, I knew how to draw, paint and write poetry. I was also learning how to design clothes and sew. While this gave me a better sense of who I wanted to become, I was still not able to articulate it. It contrasted with my parents’ expectations and deviated from mainstream careers. Fear kicked in and I chose to conform to the existing paradigm.

I didn’t have the courage to completely rebel so I struck a happy medium. I majored in neuropsychology and minored in creative writing and media studies. I needed to nurture the side of my brain that craved creativity. By that time, I knew I wanted to create stuff for a living. While taking organic chemistry and molecular genetics, I ran a lifestyle blog and started a YouTube channel with my sister. I stubbornly fought to keep my passions alive. I had a genuine interest in the brain and its role in behavior, but I couldn’t see myself  following that path after graduation. So I built up the courage to tell my parents I was choosing differently. Few people approved my decision, but there was no turning back. It was intrinsic to being who I am. I felt alone in my quest, but I didn’t let the naysayers stop me. I have since dedicated myself to the pursuit of what I love.

Owning My Dreams

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Just because people don’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s not valid. Your dreams don’t have to make sense to anyone. We all have unique talents and the potential to live the life we want, but too often we choose to fit in a box for the sake of safety. We ignore our inner voice and do what’s expected of us, knowing we need more to be happy. We can always tell when something is not meant for us, yet we let fear hinder us. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointing the people around us. Or maybe we lack confidence in our abilities. As Robert Kiyosaki said in Rich Dad, Poor Dad, excessive fear and self-doubt are the greatest detractors of personal genius.

Let that sink in…

I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years. I know that I’m fueled by doing different things, which makes me the perfect mutlipotentialite. I’m seeing some success with what I’m doing, but not that’s the most important thing to me. The best part is that I’ve learned so much from the process that I’m fine with any outcome. Obviously, I want everything to work out, but it’s not a zero sum game to me. I will win either way because of developing a growth mindset.

Think about it. You take a risk and decide to carve your own path. What’s the worst-case scenario? Failure? Embarrassment? You’ll survive. When your self-worth is validated by an outcome, you remove the possibility to learn from every experience. Every new venture provides information that will allow you to grow. As with everything in life, finding yourself is about the process. Be brave. Take small steps in challenging your fear and give yourself the chance to be.

Here’s the Secret to Financial Freedom

Financial freedom is a goal we can all aspire to. Not having to worry about money would relieve the strains that tend to make the day-to-day difficult. How do we get to it?

The Secret to Financial Freedom

Let me get straight to the point. It’s not starting a successful business, not necessarily. Yes, entrepreneurs have more control over how much they make, but not everyone is born to run a company. However, you need to develop an entrepreneurial spirit if you want to free yourself financially. What I mean by that is, you have to recognize the opportunities to increase your income by diversifying it.

Imagine having a prestigious job at a major company. No matter how great your starting salary is – and regardless of how you frequently get raises – you have to keep working in order to make that amount. Your pay depends on your employer and you’re not 100% guaranteed to always have that job. In that sense, you’re not financially free because you depend on your job for money. You also have to adjust your budget to live within your means so your quality of life is shaped by that fixed income.

If, on the other hand, you manage to set up and maintain a few income streams while working at that job, you will progressively become less dependent on your primary salary because you have options. And this is ultimately what financial freedom comes down to – having options. If they don’t come to you, you can either chase or create them. Are you good at teaching biology, but you’re also a great dancer and standup comedian? Why not be a biology teacher by day and make money from dance shows and comedy gigs on your free time? Is your dream job a marketing director role at a cool startup, but you also love to paint and style hair? Why limit your income to one source?

When you’re a multi-potentialite, you have the unique opportunity to set up different revenue streams. Your skills allow you to diversify your income because they often touch on a variety of unrelated fields. See it as an advantage.

Diversifying your income requires a proactive attitude combined with an effective use of your resources (time and money). I know no two situations are alike and everyone’s responsibilities are different (children, student loans, rent etc.) but the long-term benefits of doing far outweigh the cost so it’s worth making time for.

Read more: How to Maximize Your Time and Be More Productive

You can have everything you ever dream of if you allow yourself to go for it. You know that family vacation to Morocco or new iPhone would make you happy. But you also know you can’t afford it with what you’re currently making. So why limit your financial wealth to that one job? I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s possible. It’s a matter of taking calculated risks and dedicating your time to building the life you want.

If your financial situation contributes to your happiness, do everything in your power to improve it. Don’t be discouraged because the process will take time. The time will pass anyway. As Pat Flynn’s podcast goes, “Work hard now so you can sit back and reap the benefits later.” Decide to set yourself free now.

Read More: 5 Steps to Diversifying Your Income and Making More Money

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4 Motivational Podcasts Every Multipotentialite Should Listen to

No matter how hard you try, there are times when you just won’t be able to motivate yourself. You’ll stare at your long to-do list for a while then take a nap. Motivation is so elusive, but we all know it’s the key to accomplishing our goals. So how can you stay motivated when you can’t find time to work on your personal projects?

Until they invent a motivation pill, we’ll just have to harness it from many different sources. Listening to a podcast is one of them! Few things are better than being told a great story! It’s the undeniable appeal of podcasts. When done right, they can teach and inspire us. With so many options out there, choosing the right ones can be a hassle. So I researched a few and here are some of my favorites:

Two Inboxes

Two Inboxes Podcast

Just as the name suggests, this show interviews people with two or more inboxes. That is, our fellow multipotentialites who are engaged in different creative pursuits while juggling a full-time job. There’s a lot of knowledge to gain from these conversations – from time management tips to career-boosting advice. The other cool thing is that it ends with the “2 truths and a lie” game so you get to learn random facts about a particular industry.

Prologue Profiles

Prologue Profiles Podcast

Similar to Two Inboxes, Prologue Profiles features intimate talks with millennial side hustlers. From these shared experiences, you will feel inspired to keep working and learn how to stay consistent with your creative projects.

Smart Passive Income

Smart Passive Income Podcast

Passive income…who doesn’t like the sound of that? Pat Flynn is an expert at setting up passive income streams online. His goal is to push you to “work hard now so you can sit back and reap the benefits later”. In his podcast, Pat speaks to a variety of experts and asks them pertinent questions because he wants to make sure his listeners take something away from each episode. So you’ll want to take a notebook while you’re listening to his podcast.

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

The School of Greatness Podcast

A podcast that shows you how to unlock your inner greatness? Sign me up please! Lewis goes into details with his guests to make sure you leave with not just more motivation but also actionable tips you can apply right away.

This selection is guaranteed to invigorate you! Time to jump on the podcast bandwagon.

Do you have any podcast recommendations? Share them with me in the comments!

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Embrace Your Hustle. Do Not Be Embarrassed About What You Do.

The other day, I was having lunch with my friend when the subject of our jobs came up. He started blushing then tried to change the topic. I insisted until he had no choice but to tell me. He then hesitantly said that he was delivering food for extra cash on his free time. He went on to explain how embarrassed it made him feel because he’s overqualified for the job and that it’s a temporary source of income. I was confused as I saw nothing shameful about that.

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More often than not, we’ll find ourselves doing things we don’t particularly enjoy to achieve a goal in life. Whether it’s working as a delivery man or selling lemonades, everything we do teaches us something and builds our character. Meg Jay in The Defining Decade would argue that this is how we acquire identity capital, “the repertoire of individual resources we build over time.”

My friend needed a quick way to make money without having to quit his job so he picked up a food delivery gig. You might need to work as a bartender on weekends to pay rent next month. Or you might have to work at a call center to afford next semester’s tuition. Whatever you do, be clear about the why. Keep your long-term goals in mind and let that motivate you.

Doing menial jobs isn’t a step back, but a step forward in the direction of accomplishing your goals. What you find degrading could be someone else’s passion. Your perception of things greatly influences the way they affect you. Where my friend saw shame, I saw courage. I saw someone who could clearly assess his needs and find ways to meet them. “This quality of being resourceful will take you far in life.” I told him.

One of my early jobs consisted of giving out flyers to strangers in the streets. Did I enjoy it? Not particularly. To my creative soul, it was the most repetitive job but I kept reminding myself why I was doing it. I needed money for the equipment to start my YouTube channel. Did it make me more comfortable talking to strangers? Absolutely! I was working full-time and making $15/hour and I felt so rich! I was able to save and buy the camera I started video blogging with. Win-win? I’d say so!

Everyone has to do tedious work at some point in their lives and for whatever reason. These jobs are not reserved to a particular class of people.

If you’re conscious about the way you spend your time and aware of the results your actions will yield, then it’s a worthy investment. Own your choices. They have a purpose. Embrace your hustle. It’s a part of who you are.

What side hustles do you have going on right now? I’d love to know in the comments.

Tell Me How You Spend Your Days and I’ll Tell You Who You’ll Become

The good news is, you have the same 24 hours as every successful person you know. The difference though might be that they spend this time more wisely.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to monitor the things I allocate my time to and make adjustments so that my everyday behavior reflects what I want out of life. In other words, I have to make sure my daily actions are in line with my long-term goals.

The thing that most people don’t understand is that they build their career daily. You carve your own path with every decision you make and action you take.

How do you spend your days? Do you go to work and come home to watch TV before bed? This must mean you’re satisfied with your job and happy with your life. Do you make time to go to networking events after work? Then you probably want to take your career to the next step or continue your professional development. Do you spend your 5 to 9 volunteering or working on your creative projects – whether that’d be writing a book, filming and editing videos, painting, making beaded bracelets etc.? Then you have something you’re passionate about and showing the world what you care about. Do you stay home and binge watch shows on Netflix or mindlessly browse the Internet?

If you do something well and consistently, it will become your reality. Habits develop as a result of doing something long enough. They become the building blocks of your long-term behavior. This in turn determines the course of your life. If you’re unhappy with where you are, figure out what’s wrong and make concrete changes to fix it. Pay attention to your habits and what you naturally spend your time doing. Eliminate distractions and focus. This isn’t to say that you can’t occasionally take breaks and binge watch episodes of Peaky Blinders (*cough*). However, maintaining a balance is healthy.

A full-time blogger didn’t just write one blog post to reach that level of success. A milestone can take years of dedication, smart investments, strategic thinking and planning.

Take a look at your life now. Have your actions brought you closer to your goals? Are you repeating mistakes and expecting to see different results? Focus on what you can control – your thoughts, your actions. I guarantee you the rest will fall into place.

So, what did you do today? Or better yet, what will you do tomorrow?

What if you had the courage to pursue the things you love? What’s holding you back from living your dreams?  Let me know how I can help in the comments. For more articles like these, subscribe to my newsletter.