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Focusing on strengths vs passions

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by golaso9, May 9, 2016.

  1. golaso9

    golaso9 Registered Member

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    So I just graduated from school with a degree in physical and health education. I also play a sport at a very elite level and that is what I am best at in life. I am also pretty knowledgeable about fitness, nutrition, weightlifting as well.

    I am having a hard time choosing a career path and also whether to go for a "safe" option or a risky one such as IM in these two areas.

    My biggest strength is my level of ability in my sport, but almost any form of a career or job in my particular sport does not bring a lot of money. Sure I can do it, I would love it, but i still need to pay the bills right? My 2nd strength that isnt as strong, is the whole fitness thing, but the level of saturation and bullshit in that market deters me.

    The problem with this, is these are my 2 biggest strengths and also my 2 biggest passions. I have spent so many hours training in this sport and it seems like a waste not to do SOMETHING with it. I could have been doing other things in life during that time and could have learned other skills ya know?

    Anyone else have similar situations where they had to give up something they were REALLY good at in order to "live" or do other things in life. This sport is my identity and life, so this is a huge decision i feel. I also feel like i chose a degree that didn't yield the best options because it is a "gateway" degree in a way and requires further schooling for other things...some of which I do not have the grades to get into. Beating myself up for this which isn't making it easier.

    This forum is filled with a lot of great people and would love to hear some input from others about their experiences and/or people they know.
     
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    loedown Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Focus on what is going to get you paid, as everything else is just a hobby.
     
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    Passion can sometimes become more profitable if you're able to boost quality with obsession.

    Overall, the more fun what you're doing is the more you will be able to do.

    Some networks rewards passion with increased rates and exclusive offers... If you mix strength with passion exclusive performance becomes easily accessible & provides much, much more.
     
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    Do what you love, fuck everything else.
     
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    I thought I was experiencing deja vu here, but OP posted almost this exact same question a few months back: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blackhat-lounge/813637-focus-career-income-my-dream.html

    I'll revise my answer from the previous thread based on what is known now.

    If you can only choose one thing, follow your dreams. Don't live a life full of regrets or you'll end up spending your formative years wondering "what if?..."

    Money runs everything, but there can be happiness without money.

    My strongest advice is, if you aren't passionate about IM AND don't have a solid game plan on what you want to do, don't think you can just jump into IM full time and do great. There is an overwhelming percentage of failed attempts at full-time IM than success stories. The difference is, nobody is going to buy a $27 ebook titles "How I failed at making money online, and how you can too".
     
  6. HFlame7

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    Try both. You could get a traditional (full-time or part-time) job with a stable paycheck while doing IM on the side.
    Alternatively, you could focus solely on IM. If things go well, then great! If not, then you could always get a traditional job again for awhile and then go back and try IM on the side until you're ready to do it full-time.
     
  7. Bleght

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    I don't think IM is a risky option. If you put in the time, you will get results. When you work for somebody else, you can also lose your job, you just don't have a say in it. From what I'm reading here, I think you should be an athlete, build your personal brand and use it in IM. The niches your are knowledgeable about seem to be quite profitable so I don't think you have to make a choice. Just carve your own career path and it has the chance to be more stable and profitable than anything else because you can be pretty unique.
     
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    IM ain't risky. If you truly want to succeed you'll make it happen, no matter what.
     
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    Listen to the voice of your heart. Follow your passions and mix them with IM. With unique skills that you learned here, you could rock your target market, teach people your no-bullshit ways, earn money and be happy. You can build yourself as authority, teach people the sport you love, do videos with yourself teaching them, whatever. If you do it right, you can combine your passion with earning money, just a matter of strategic planning. If all market is bullshit, you could be the one to bring the truth to it, people would appreciate and reward you for it.
     
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    get a full time job, stay away from IM, that's what I would've told myself a long time ago.

    Otherwise you become pewep
     
  11. michaeladewale2010

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    I enjoyed reading this thread becos ifaced the same thing over 5yrs ago. Graduated got a job that was paying well but i never felt like i belonged there. Mine wasnt to do with the field i was working in but the 9-5 job structure. I felt miserable everyday even tho i was making good money and living in a high rise condo downtown in one of north americas most expensive cities... bottomline i couldnt punish myself anymore and decided to quit my job. Since then i havent used my IT skillset to make money but ive focused on my other passion. Until late 2014 i realized that i could combine both to become even more effective. Ive been studying the IM market for over a year now and i am just about to venture into my first niche site....obviously i am focused on my passion...that is creating my niche site around my passion...the fact is that if you are giving ppl what they need they are willing to pay u for it....and the more they need that thing the more they arw willing to pay...nutrition, fitness, heslth is a goldmine....and ppl are willing to pay for it long as u are giving them something that they need and is not very common....i think thats where the hardwork comes...finding what ppl are looking for but is nkt readily available....trust me there are many in every niche....

    I havent made a dime in IM yet but i know without a shadow of doubt that im gonna be making six figures in this industry someday....in this industry from what i see and ive learned so far ur profit potential is unlimited provided u do the right things ....and whats better u can focusnon any niche u want....a lot of the challenges i see ppl face in IM has to do with developing content and material for things that they are not passionate about...they see thst ppl need material on spaceships for example and they start tryna gather content on it even tho they know nothing about it or have no inkling of passion for it.... they make money but its the hardway....a person thats truly pasionate about spaceships will develop content for spaceships in no time....and make the same smt of money, feel better abiut themselves and feel like they truly contributed something to the world.

    There is a lot of material here but weigh everything with commonsense...most ppl do not give u the real deal...ull have to think and figure things out for urself with what theyve given u....,

    Bottom line u dont have to worry about choosing a career path...u can combine ur nutrition talent with IM and bank more mobey than most of ur peers ...thats the benefit of being a millenial....take advantage of ur time and era....and dont be afraid of taking the risk...the bigger risk is not doing anything. God bless.
     
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  12. michaeladewale2010

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    Then y are u still here???
     
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    "IM" is just a way to promote services and products. What's the problem in "not doing" it?
    Offer services/products by solving problems or needs; advertise and reach as many people as you can.
    Bank!
     
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    I was fortunate enough to get a career that I'm not only strong at but also have a passion for. At the same time, I've learned that if you go with something that you have passion for, over time you get good at it too. Worked for me, hope it works for you too
     
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    Sometimes passion can change everything when compared with strength. If we want to change with love and it can possible by passion.
     
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    First make identity to others through your sport. Sportsman or sportswoman always get scholarships. And be a professional in your sports which will help you to earn money.