IF YOU AREN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, WHY ARE YOU DOING IT? (PODCAST SHOW NOTES) |TRAVEL WITH VIRONA

TRANSCRIPT FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT WITH VIRONA’S PODCAST EPISODE. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCASTS

If You Aren’t Passionate About It, Why Are You Doing It?

“IF YOU AREN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?”

SO ONE THING I DO WANNA ADMIT ON THIS SHOW IS THAT THERE WAS A POINT WHERE I WAS JUST SITTING DOWN, WITH A PEICE OF PAPER AND A PEN, AND I WAS THINKING “WHAT WOULD BE GOOD TOPICS FOR MY PODCAST?, WHAT WOULD BE GOOD EPISODES –EPISODES THAT EVERYBODY ELSE WANTS TO HEAR, EPISODES THAT WILL JUST ATTRACT A TON OF PEOPLE..?” AND THE WHOLE PROCESS IT BECAME REALLY STRESSFUL BECAUSE I WROTE ENTIRE SCRIPTS THAT LACKED PASSION AND THE WHOLE PROCESS WAS JUST SO DREADFUL. I WAS QUESTIONING MYSELF THINKING “IS THIS EVEN THE RIGHT THING THAT I SHOULD BE DOING?” I KEPT TELLING MYSELF STUFF LIKE “I THOUGHT YOU REALLY WANTED THIS” AND IT BROUGHT ME TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: “IF IM NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, WHY AM I EVEN DOING IT?”

SO I PUT AWAY ALL MY SCRIPTS AND ALL OF MY EQUIPMENT I WAS USING FOR A FEW WEEKS AND ONE DAY IN THE SHOWER I DISCOVERED SOMETHING THAT I WAS REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT: MY GOALS. AND I HAD NO ONE TO RANT TO ABOUT THEM. SO THE LIGHTBULB SPARKED UP AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER AGAIN. “OH YEAH! MY PODCAST WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO CONNECT WITH AND INSPIRE LIKEMINDED PEOPLE WHO WOULD LOVE TO DISCUSS THE TOPICS WITH ME”

BASICALLY I LOST SIGHT OF WHAT MY ORIGINAL GOAL WAS BECAUSE I WAS SO FOCUSED ON GETTING THE LISTENERS AND AS MANY AS I COULD OUT THERE, THAT IT LED ME TO GIVING UP. AND IT’S NOT THAT I WASN’T SERIOUS ABOUT PODCASTING, I JUST WASN’T SERIOUS ABOUT THE TOPICS I WAS WRITING. I WASN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT THEM AT ALL.

WHY AM I DOING SOMETHING THAT IM NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT THEN? WHY AM I HERE IF IM NOT HAPPY?

WELL I DID MAKE A QUICK LIST OF SOME REASONS WHY YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE MOVING FORWARD RIGHT NOW-BUT I HOPE YOU REALIZE THAT THESE REASONS ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH, AND YOU SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR PASSIONS AND GROWING WITH THEM.

NUMBER ONE- YOU MAY FEEL LIKE ITS THE RIGHT THING

OTHER PEOPLE THINK THIS THING THAT YOUR’E DOING IS BEST FOR YOU, YOU THINK THIS THING YOURE DOING IS BEST FOR YOU, AND IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU REALLY LOVE ITS NOT SOMETHING YOU REALLY ENJOY ITS JUST WHATS BEST FOR YOU. FOR EXAMPLE GOING TO COLLEGE FOR SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANNA DO, BUT ITS BEST FOR YOU. YOU’RE MAKING GOOD MONEY WITH IT, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BUT HOW IS BEING UNHAPPY RIGHT? HOW IS THAT A GOOD THING OR RIGHT FOR YOU IN ANY WAY? YOU’RE GONNA BE UNHAPPY WITH THIS THING AND YOURE GONNA BE STUCK WITH IT SO JUST BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. TELL YOURSELF ITS NOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT.

NUMBER 2 IS THAT YOU ARE SCARED TO MOVE FORWARD.

I STRUGGLE WITH THIS ONE THE MOST BECAUSE I’M INSECURE. THIS IS BASICALLY-YOU ARE INSECURE ABOUT YOUR CAPABILITY. YOU DONT THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. AND YOU DON’T THINK YOU CAN FULFILL YOUR PASSION, BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST NOT FIT FOR ACHIEVING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. WHAT YOU TRULY WANT, YOU’RE NOT FIT FOR IT. YOU’RE JUST SCARED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR PASSION BECAUSE OF THAT.

I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE’RE ALL SCARED. WE’RE ALL SCARED THAT WE MIGHT FAIL. I BELIEVE THAT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, THEY ARE AWARE THAT THEY MIGHT FAIL, BUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARENT SUCCESSFUL IS THAT THEY IGNORE THOSE THOUGHTS. THEY IGNORE THAT THEY MIGHT FAIL AND THEY TAKE THAT RISK, BECAUSE THEY WANNA BE HAPPY. THEY WANNA DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. AND IT’S COMPLETELY NORMAL TO BE WORRIED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD. LIKE I SAID ALL OF US DO. BUT BEING STUCK WHERE YOU’RE AT IS A LOT MORE SCARY THAN POSSIBLY FAILING. I BELIEVE ITS MUCH MORE SCARY. IF YOU REALLY DO HAVE A PASSION FOR SOMETHING, I DON’T THINK THAT YOULLL FAIL AT IT, I THINK YOU’LL FIND A WAY, BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT.

AND NUMBER THREE, YOU FEEL “COMFORTABLE” OR “BLESSED” TO BE WHERE YOU ARE OR TO HAVE THIS THING.

AKA GUILT. YOU FEEL GUILTY, YOU THINK “WHY WOULD I BE WANTING TO ADVANCE MYSELF IF I HAVE SOMETHING GREAT, IF I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE THIS POSITION OR TO HAVE THIS THING THAT I HAVE? I’M LUCKY TO HAVE IT”. IT STOPS YOU FROM MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WHERE YOU’RE AT. AND IM TELLING YOU THAT- THAT CANT BE COMFORTABLE AT ALL. TO BE STUCK WHERE YOU’RE AT. TO FEEL LIKE YOU CAN NOT MOVE FORWARD. THAT CAN’T BE COMFORT. YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT THIS THING ALL THE TIME AND YOU’RE THINKING “WELL I DON’T WANT THIS ANYMORE, BUT IM COMFORTABLE” IT’S JUST A BIG CONTRADICTION HONESTLY. IF YOU’RE BLESSED WITH THIS THING, WHY ARE YOU EVEN ON THIS EPISODE SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS? YOU SHOULD NOT BE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE BLESSED WITH.

NO DISRESPECT TO MY PREVIOUS WORK BUT HERES A QUICK EXAMPLE OF THE POINT IM TRYING TO GET ACROSS. I WAS OFFERED AN AMAZING POSITION AT MY JOB LAST WINTER, AND OF COURSE I TOOK IT. THEY BELIEVED IN ME! (HEH) I WAS “BLESSED”. I TOOK IT FULL TIME. I TOOOK THE JOB AND I – DID NOT ENJOY IT AT ALL. I ENJOYED THE PAY, AND ALSO THE HOURS, BUT I DID NOT ENJOY THE JOB. I WAS ALWAYS STRESSED OUT, I WAS LOOKED DOWN ON, AND I PUT TOO MUCH EFFORT AND CARE INTO THAT JOB. BECAUSE OF THE STRESS, I WAS CRYING VERY VERY OFTEN AND GETTING ABOUT TWO TO THREE HOURS OF SLEEP ALMOST EVERY NIGHT. AND WHEN I WOULD WAKE UP, I WOULD NOT EAT THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE I’D HAVE TO GO STRAIGHT TO WORK. I WAS DEFINITELY NOT THRIVING, AND AFTER THE SEASON SLOWED, I REALIZED THAT MY PASSION FOR TRAVEL COULD ONE DAY MAKE ME INCOME, AND I THINK THATS SUPER COOL. OF COURSE I WOULD WANNA KNOW MORE ABOUT IT. SO I TOOK A BIG STEP FORWARAD, AND I TOLD MY JOB I NEEDED LESS HOURS. I SAID “I NEED LESS HOURS” AND I REALLY WANTED TO STUDY THESE TRAVELING POSSIBILITIES.

AND FOR THE RECORD- I DO NOT MAKE ANYTHING RIGHT NOW FROM MY PASSION. NOT A SINGLE DOLLAR. I DON’T MAKE MONEY (YET), BUT I BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND I BELIEVE IN MY ABILITY TO. THE EFFORT THAT IM PUTTING INTO MYSELF AND MY DREAM IS FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN THOSE EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR PAYCHECKS OF PURE STRESS. I’M THINKING OF THIS TIME TAKEN TO STUDY AND CREATE FOR YOU GUYS AS AN INVESTMENT. I DON’T HAVE GREAT PAYCHECKS COMING IN, BUT I DO HAVE MY LIFE GOALS PLANNED OUT, EVERY INDIVIDUAL STEP IM TAKING TO ACHIEVE THEM, AND I DO HAVE A PASSION AND GENUINE HAPPINESS THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE WORKING THERE FULL TIME. AND THIS WAS JUST A LITTLE EXAMPLE. I HAVE MANY MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN A LOT OF VERY UNHAPPY ENVIRONMENTS, AND I HAD TO LEAVE THEM TO GROW. AND IM CONFIDENT IN SAYING THAT ALL OF THOSE CHOICES HAVE LED ME TO SOMEWHERE GREAT.

WHETHER ITS A RELATIONSHIP, A JOB, A TASK, CAREER PATH, LIFESTYLE, OR ANYTHING. WHATEVER IT IS, DONT DO IT IF YOU’RE NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. INVEST YOURTIME INTO SOMETHING YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY AND IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT THE LOSSES, HONESTLY JUST FIND WAYS TO GAIN WITH THOSE PASSIONS. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THOSE PASSIONS, STUDY THEM AND GROW FROM THEM.

IT SOUNDS SO CLICHÉ WHEN I SAY THIS, BUT DON’T LIVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL. LIVE TO BE PASSIONATE, FULFILLED, AND TRULY GRATEFUL. BECAUSE IN MY OPINION. THAT’S TRUE SUCCESS

DON’T LIVE FOR ANYONE ELSE, BUT YOURSELF BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS YOUR LIFE THAT YOU’RE LIVING.

Published by Virona

My name is Megan Virona! I am very inspired by travel and in love with the planet we live on. My dream in life is to always be on the road while making money from it. I hope to inspire others to not only travel the world, but living the lives they've always dreamt. I currently host a podcast show called Self Development With Virona for anyone who is interested in improving their everyday life and start living their dreams! Hopefully my journey can lead to others being inspired to do what they really want in life.

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