Three weeks ago, I emailed Penelope Trunk. I begged her to give me advice on how to make money on my work: my meditations, Tuesday Tips, worksheets, my lifestream.
She kindly, graciously, wrote back with this:
There is no money in this. You have to get a job. It's like writing a novel. People respect that as work, but it doesn't pay bills. Just because you have a talent for doing something doesn't mean you need to get paid for it. It's like sex. I love your hair. It makes me think you're great in bed. But I bet you don't get paid for it. It's okay to be good at something you don't get paid for. Mostly, people get paid to do stuff because it's not that fun so it wouldn't get done if people didn't pay for it. Sex is fun. Making these videos is fun. Go figure out what you are good at that people are paying for.
Solid advice, but I have made no move to get a job. It turns out, I'd rather be homeless than work for someone else. If I don't at least try to do the work I feel I came to this reality to do, then I'm dead.
Today, I read an incredible Gary Vayanerchuck quote:
If you go and become a lawyer or go to school and do all the things that everybody wants you to do, and don't do the thing you really love, the real question isn't what's going to happen when you're 23, 27, 31, 36. The question really becomes what's going to happen when you're 70 years old and you look back at your life and you're like, Why didn't I try? There's going to be a regret factor that I think a lot times a guidance counselor or parent or teacher tend not to think about... They're worried about your next ten years. I'm worried about your last ten years.
And then here's James Altucher on Why People Hate Their Jobs:
Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more. Then you take the magic pill and the tears of dirt wipe away ... The government gets up to 50% of your paycheck and then 10-20% of that goes to kill people on other parts of the planet, including our own children.
I'm doing the work I came here to do, no matter the cost. I intend to do more for others. I intend to give all I have to give. I intend to help other people get what they want. I'm on the right path, and part of an enormous paradigm shift. It's all working out. We are being freed by the light!