I am so very grateful that blogging is doing just what I was hoping it would do: helping to supplement our family's income while I do something I enjoy. But as I wrote last time, the demands on my time and energy have taken over, so I need to regain some balance. I know there are changes to be made and I have a huge desire to do what fits me, even especially if it means forging my own path.
But this is all so abstract and vague, isn't it? I'm all about concrete and practical. I don't just want to know that I need to change, I want to know how to change.
My first Venn diagram
I've been reading like a maniac recently. One of the books I read last week was Linchpin by Seth Godin. In it, he talks about making yourself indispensable.
He included some Venn diagrams and after reading one night, I came up with my own with regards to the subject of finding work that fits.
This is my quick, not-at-all-fancy rendering of what popped in my head:
Hopefully it's pretty self-explanatory, but here's the gist:
As we think about making an income — doesn't matter if it's blogging, working outside the home or whatever — I think we all have to consider three components: passion, productivity and profit. The goal is to find a way to make an income that is an intersection of the three. What you do should maximize your passion, your productivity and your profit all at once.
Where do you fall?
Perhaps you are one of the blessed ones that has figured out how to land in that sweet spot. If not, consider one of the following:
- Do you have a hobby? – Are you passionate about your craft and able to produce, but aren't making any money from it?
- Do you have a job? – Are you sufficiently productive and you make money doing what you do, but you lack passion?
- Do you have an obsession? – Do you have a lot of passion and are making money, but feel like it's taking over your life to the detriment of your other responsibilities? (This is were I am was.)
Now, hobbies, jobs and obsessions aren't necessarily bad things (well, I suppose obsessions are), but why not explore ways to land in the middle?
If you're like me, you've got limited time and resources. The great thing about the internet is that it provides the "average" person the opportunity to break into business with relatively little initial output of both.
Here's my new motto:
Don't just make an income, make a living.
I've talked a tiny bit about passion, money and time-management, but I'll be exploring them a lot more in the coming weeks. Next week we'll talk about monetization (practical ways to make money online) and I'll be talking a whole lot more about productivity & time-management too.