No Alarms Club

Find Your Passion

Episode Summary

People are going to tell us that we can't pursue our passion. They are wrong.

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Episode Transcription

Garrett: 

[00:00:00] Hello, you are listening to the No Alarms Club podcast. 

[00:00:05] My name is Garrett. 

[00:00:06] This is a podcast where we design a lifestyle in which we can work from whenever and wherever doing whatever we want. 

[00:00:17] And not have to wake up to alarms anymore if we don't want to. 

[00:00:21] Right now we're working through the book Overlap by Sean McCabe at seanwes.com. 

[00:00:28]We're on chapter two, Find Your Passion. 

[00:00:32] This is a short chapter. 

[00:00:34] It's only six pages long. 

[00:00:36] But it is packed with great insight. 

[00:00:39]When you were young, do you remember all the things you dreamed of being when you grew up? 

[00:00:45] I wanted to be a few things as most kids do. 

[00:00:49] The first thing I remember is wanting to be in a band. 

[00:00:54] I still make music today and I do make some money from it. 

[00:00:59] But it is not something I'm pursuing full time. 

[00:01:02]The second thing I remember wanting to be when I grow up is a fiction writer. 

[00:01:09] I do write all the time. 

[00:01:11]I just finished writing notes out for this podcast, which are now becoming this episode. 

[00:01:17]But I never did become a fiction writer. 

[00:01:21]Technically I did achieve the goal of becoming a professional writer, but I don't really see myself as a professional writer. 

[00:01:30] I see myself as someone who writes as a part of my profession, because it's just a part of my life and it's a part of my profession. 

[00:01:39] I can't really do my job without writing. 

[00:01:41] So while I'm not necessarily a professional writer, I do write in a professional capacity. 

[00:01:47]I also very distinctly remember wanting to be a spy or a secret agent when I was a kid. 

[00:01:56]I actually did try to pursue this, which may be a surprise to anyone who knows me right now. 

[00:02:02]When I was 19, I joined the United States Air Force. 

[00:02:07] I scored something like a 95 on the ASVAB exam and was promised a position working in intelligence. 

[00:02:16] My goal at the time was to do that for a little while and then transition to the CIA. 

[00:02:23] I thought that having a career history in intelligence in the Air Force would help me get there a lot better than someone who didn't. 

[00:02:32] And that's probably true, but unfortunately, some unsolvable physical limitations prevented me from completing basic military training and I was sent home. 

[00:02:45]Now in my early thirties, I've discovered that I can actually still pursue intelligence work in the private sector. 

[00:02:53] I do want to do that, but that's my next overlap.

[00:02:57] Right now, I'm overlapping from my day job as Communications Director for a nonprofit to my website, Online Business ONE where I help people start their own profitable websites. 

[00:03:11]Sean points out in this chapter that we are conditioned to think of work as work and not fun. 

[00:03:20]He doesn't use the term starving artist, but he talks about the same stuff that we talked about in episode one, titled Myth of the Starving Artist. 

[00:03:31] We are taught that we can't pursue the things we love because we have to get a realistic job. 

[00:03:38]When we do try to pursue that passion, other people will try to bring us down. 

[00:03:44] Some of them do it because they think they're helping. 

[00:03:47] This could be our parents or our grandparents, or maybe teachers. 

[00:03:53] They don't want to see us fail and they're trying to protect us but this is a bad thing. 

[00:03:59]There are also others who are trying to keep us down because they are jealous. 

[00:04:05] Sean talks about something he calls the crab mentality where in a bucket full of crabs, any one crab can climb out. 

[00:04:14] Which means all of the crabs can climb out. 

[00:04:17] The problem is the other crabs pull down on any crab that tries to get out and so no one can get out. 

[00:04:24]People who are jealous of us for being brave enough to pursue our passions will try to bring us down. 

[00:04:32]Some do it consciously, but most do it subconsciously. 

[00:04:37] Either way we can't let those people get in our way. 

[00:04:41]If you look at your last six months, are you happy? 

[00:04:44] If you continue to repeat the last six months in the next six months will it take you closer or further away from where you want to be? 

[00:04:55]I know that I'm working in the right direction at the moment so I'm going to keep going, but what about you? 

[00:05:03] Are you working in the right direction? 

[00:05:05]In episode 11, we talked about diversifying our portfolio and Sean brings up a good point here. 

[00:05:12] He talks about three foxes running through a field.

[00:05:17] If we try to catch all three at once, we aren't going to catch any of them. 

[00:05:22] We have to focus on one, catch it, and then move on to the next one and catch that one. 

[00:05:29]I totally get this and I absolutely agree. 

[00:05:33] That's why I'm overlapping to Online Business ONE first. 

[00:05:40] After that I'll move on to my next overlap which will be open source intelligence and privacy consulting specifically to help victims of abuse escape their abusers. 

[00:05:53]As time goes on, my portfolio will be diversified, but for now I'm focused on Online Business ONE so that I can catch that fox. 

[00:06:02] How many foxes are you chasing right now? 

[00:06:06] That's your action item for this episode: take a look at all the different things you're pursuing and figure out how many things are you pursuing? 

[00:06:14] We're not gonna worry about choosing one yet. 

[00:06:18] Just take stock of all the different things you're pursuing. 

[00:06:22] In the next episode, we're going to learn how to choose which fox to chase first. 

[00:06:28]My name is Garrett. You're listening to the No Alarms Club podcast. 

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[00:06:52]Thanks again for listening and I will see you in the next episode.