“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” Nelson Mandela
Many of us have hidden or not-so-hidden passions we've never quite got around to making real. If not now, when? If a goal comes with a sizable price tag, or time commitment, here's where you can turn your dream into reality.
If not now, when?
Whether you want to learn to paint in Tahiti or volunteer to work with underprivileged kids, it's likely to involve a trade-off involving both time and money. You might need a new budget to help realise your goal. Think about how many things you can vary short term versus things that you can't easily change. For instance, your first step might be to pay down your debt, so you have enough breathing space to concentrate on your passion. You might consider salary packaging or a new account dedicated to this plan so you can watch your dream fund come to life.
For young, old, and everyone in between
Age is no barrier to doing what you want. Indeed, leisure time is often more readily available as we get older. JK Rowling was 32 when the first Harry Potter book was published. And Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai once wrote that “Until the age of 70, nothing that I drew was worthy of notice.”
(Not) living in the material world
If it's your passion, you don't need to worry about making money out of it from the get-go. Remember, the play (or the volunteering, or the learning to play bridge) is the thing. If you end up making money or even a living down the line, that's a bonus. This one's for you.
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