Article by Wendy McCance
I’m sure you are reading the title of this article and shaking your head. You probably think that this is the most ridiculous statement you have ever heard. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but having been there myself a few times, I believe it to be true.
I have read that a good majority of the most successful people have come from absolutely dismal beginnings. There was no money, an abusive home life, lack of an education or health problems. It didn’t matter because the only place to look was up. These people knew what the worst situations felt like because they were living them. They had nothing to lose by dreaming big.
That was my experience as well. I had one bad situation on top of another until I hit rock bottom.
Before I hit rock bottom, I had everything I needed. I was living the dream in a big home in a nice community with a happy family and all the trappings of comfort.
I lost my job due to a plant closure. I lost my home and ran out of my savings due to a lack of a job. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which limited the type of jobs I could take without being in massive amounts of pain. This all came crashing down when the economy was at an all time low.
Finding a job, any job was difficult. Getting a job that worked with my fibromyalgia and had a decent wage was close to impossible to find.
I waged a war with myself. I knew things had to change in a drastic way. I needed a decent paying job. I hoped for a job I could enjoy. I needed to feel that the fibromyalgia wouldn’t stand in my way of achieving my dreams. I had battled so long and hard that I lost sight of what my hopes and wishes were.
I hit an absolute low and then at the edge of despair, I saw a new way to go about the role of living my life the way I wanted to. I began writing which sparked some incredible ideas. I found support in the blogging community which gave me the lift I needed. I began to define what would make me happy if I didn’t have worries of making a living and health issues I felt held me back.
I found that writing thrilled me. Then I went about tweaking what I wanted to do. I found that it was possible to achieve my goals even though I had little money and health issues.
The internet is so full of information that anyone can get the answers they are after without worrying about where to look or spending any money to find it. The internet was a godsend.
I knew that for me, writing was my path in life. I was obsessed with it. All I wanted to do each day was type on a computer keyboard until exhaustion took over and my fingers no longer moved.
I read everything I could on the subject of working as a writer. I joined writing groups, networked and continued to practice my craft. Each day was spent writing, reading, researching, networking and prospecting. I’m not kidding you. From 6am until I fell asleep at night I would work on each area whenever I got a spare moment. All of those hours didn’t feel like work because I was doing what I loved.
That’s the key to opening up the possibilities DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!
I have heard that advice so many times, but it didn’t sink in until I found out what it was that I truly wanted to do.
I have often heard that if you do what you love, THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW.
I was a huge skeptic. How would that occur without what felt like a proper background? Let me reassure you that when you hit bottom and have nothing to lose, you will go after the things that you weren’t brave enough to conquer before. Back then you were too busy juggling too many things to keep your good position in life.
Let me also tell you that when you find what you love, you will become obsessed. If you become obsessed, success will be imminent because of all of the hours you end up putting into realizing your dream.
Sure there will be failures and adjustments, but that is a natural part of the process. When you are up against the wall and have had enough misery, then it’s time to find out who you are, what you love and pursue that dream.
Amazing things WILL happen when you get on the path you were meant to travel.
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