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Life IS Too Short: Find Success Doing What You Love to Do!

By Sharon Capehart

I'd like to start by asking a real simple question. How many of you truly love what you do for a career? Does it excite you, does it motivate you, or does it inspire you to do the best you can? I wish all of you could respond with a 'Yes' but I know that isn't the case. True success comes from following your true passions and allowing them to become what defines what you do.

Many years ago, a friend of mine was a scientist and he was really good at it too. He had professional accolades, a good career, and the respect of his peers. There was just one challenge though. He wasn't passionate about it. He was passionate about taking some of those skills he had learned in the field of science and hitting the 'open market' to see what he could do as an entrepreneur.

This was the best move he could have made and he reached new heights of success once was able to channel his skills and passions into pursuits that would make him happier and more successful. I want you to ask yourself 'What is it that I truly want to do?' Stated another way, if you could make money and a living doing anything you wanted to do, what would that activity be?

The answer to this question should be honest and from the heart. Don't worry about whether or not you think it will work. If you're doing something that you love to do, your passion for it and your understanding of what it means to be successful will open doors that you would have never thought to be there.

Life IS Too Short: Find Success Doing What You Love to Do!

Too many people have fallen into the trap of doing something they were qualified to do but that they didn't love doing. This approach to life does pay bills but it is also not a recipe for success. Only true passion for the things we love can drive the kind of success that will be the most whole and the most fulfilling.

I'd like to offer you a quick two-step formula that will help you in this regard. First, brainstorm your true passions and remember not to discount anything. Just list what you love to do. Next, research your areas of passion and determine what possible business opportunities may lie with your passionate pursuits. Chances are, there is more out there than you first thought and they key now is to keep your eyes open for the opportunity that will bring you the kind of success that you've always dreamed of. It is there waiting for you; you just have to open your eyes and see it!

Author’s Bio

Whether from her home office in Dallas, Texas, or traveling around the country, SHARON CAPEHART, the Empress of Empowerment, makes it her mission to “wake up” women everywhere to the incredible potential they have long forgotten they possess. She is the author of “The Power 2 Be You!,” creator of “A Woman’s Path to Success” as well publisher of the FREE Power Up! ezine. Sharon’s breakthrough “Path To Success” series helps women build a solid foundation for success as Sharon herself guides them on a journey to a life filled with excitement and personal power! “A Woman’s Path To Success” is available now at www.positivelywomen.com.

Sharon Capehart, Empress of Empowerment, is an Author, Coach, Speaker and Entrepreneur. Sharon will help you build a solid foundation of confidence, cultivate a success-oriented mindset, and walk with you on your journey to a life filled with Passion, Excitement and Personal Power. For more information please visit http://www.positivelywomen.com


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      Dawn Sanford wrote Jun 4, 2008
    • I loved the article on living a life you love. That is exactly what I’m doing and I am teaching other women to do the same. Thank you. Inspiration4u



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      Mara wrote Jun 23, 2008
    • What a great inspiring article.  

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      JoAnn Donahue wrote Aug 10, 2008
    • I recently became a true believer in this..

      Work is only work when you wished you were someplace else!

      Great article and inspirational!  

      Peace,
      JoAnn



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      Greytdogz wrote Aug 21, 2008
    • I have been working at a job that I no longer enjoy but stay because it pays very well and I’ll get a decent pension in a few months. I have been running my own business for the past 5 years while working full-time and although it has been very difficult with 2 jobs that take up most of my time, the intention was that I will have the business once I retire. I am now in the process of trying to “grow” it bigger so that I will be able to supplement my pension.
      I would much rather be at home running my business than working the full-time job out of the home. I figure 1 more year and I’ll be doing just that...

      Joanne
      www.greytinspirations.com



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      Mags123 wrote Aug 25, 2008
    • I also was doing the two job thing. My name is Margaret  and I am currently in the pursuit of happiness with my own Internet marketing homebase business (www.arias.unfranchise.com). I am a wife to my wonderful husband and a proud mother to three phenomenal young adults. As an entrepreneur I no longer am simply dreaming of being financially independent, in fact, financial liberty is pursuing me!  

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      Rose Nino wrote Aug 28, 2008
    • I could not agree more. Just 3 yrs ago, I was in very poor health, too tired, couldn’t think clearly, and unable to lose ANY weight despite doing all the right things. I was desperately praying for an answer. That answer came for me with a nutritional cleansing system that changed my life! Within the first few days on this product, I had amazing energy, could think clearer, slept soundly for the first time in years, and dropped 2 dress sizes immediately! AND I got my life back. And without any intentions of building a home based business, I doubled my income while working a full-time job (everyone needs to experience residual income, and quit my job to work part-time from home earning a six-figure residual income! I love my life and I love having the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives as well. I cannot think of anything that I would rather be doing. Life is GREAT!



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      Rose Nino wrote Aug 28, 2008
    • By the way, I TOTALLY enjoyed your article and love to see that others are loving life as much as I do! Thanks.



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      Christiana1 wrote Sep 9, 2008
    • AMEN.
      THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME WORKING IN THE FASHION DESIGN FIELD, DESIGNING, AND A BUSINESS I STARTED IN MY GARAGE.



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      Ramccray wrote Sep 20, 2008
    • Thanks Sharon, your article was a huge inspiration for me. I have a job I go to everyday, but it is in no way fulfilling for me. I have the drive and determination just need a little cash to get me started.
      RuthAnn



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      Tori Santos wrote Sep 26, 2008
    • I am a teacher, and I love my students however it is getting more and more difficult to teach because they are all about a test. There is also a problem about accountability. I can’t do a parents job for them every day. Don’t get me wrong I truely care about whether or not these kids are successful but it take more than I have tooffer at times. I have been doing this for 12 years. I have been thinking about moving jobs, getting a master and teaching at a junior college but I am in debt personally and student loan as well. Any one got any advice???



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      Mamachula64 wrote Sep 29, 2008
    • I’m a stay home and I’m trying to work from home. Not sure what to do ? Any advice ? Are their any stay home Jobs for moms scam free? data entre or typing jobs.



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      Suzann wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • Hi Sharon,

      What an inspiring, intelligent article. Thanks. I’ve been a freelancer most of my life, in various careers - I was a jazz singer for many years, then a voice teacher, and a writer. Some careers have been more successful than others! Once I worked for a year reading Tarot cards on a big 900-line. It’s been awesome, but now I’m like ... okay, where are the big bucks? So I appreciate your article and will take your advice to heart!

      Namaste,
      Suzann
      Women-Lifestyles.com (http://tinyurl.com/59a2r8)



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      Kelly Robertson wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • Great Article!  THANK YOU

      Having been in the mortgage industry for years, I was “woken up” abruptly last summer and had no clue what I was going to do.  I KNEW that I was going to find something that was not an 8-5 (I still have a little one at home) and I KNEW that I was going to choose something that was “Recession Proof” this time.  What did GOD bring me!? Make-Up!  No matter how broke a lady gets, she’ll always find money for lipstick, LOL. I’m happy, I’m making money and I’m identifying myself with not what others think of me, but by what I think of me!  Hugs, kelly

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      Encee wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Here Here!  I can’t say how much in favor I am of following your dream in life!  I’m doing it now, and it feels amazingly awesome!  My biggest problem is shutting down at the end of the day!  Fabulously40 helps...it gives me a nice break!  

      My background is a one-time working mom, I worked from when my daughter was 7 weeks old (very hard) to when she was 3.  I got pregnant a year later and stayed home raising them for 18 years!  A couple of years ago, I got up the nerve to head back to school and pursue my dream of starting my own business.  I have to date earned a degree in Fitness&Nutrition, and 6 (yes, six!) certifications in fitness as well.  I’m working on a Masters/PhD in Holistic Nutrition and also a diploma in Cosmetology and Esthetics.  I have decided to also get my Certification in Advanced Yoga Instruction.  I do manage to juggle everything, and it does help that I have a good base of knowledge of these things to begin with, but it is such a joyous journey!  I’m busy as heck, and sometimes make huge demands on myself - but I’m loving every second of it!  

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      Stellababette wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Tell me how to do this.  I’ve already made the big jump and quit the job I hated for 20 years.  I don’t know how to get to the next step.  How do I go from my list of things I like to do, to making money doing them?

      Add to this, I’m scared.  I’m starting to wonder if I made a giant mistake in quitting my job.  I hated it but at least I knew what I was doing.



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      Kelly Robertson wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Dear Stellababette:  Writing a draft business plan helped me get to my mission statement and get/stay on track. I prayed a lot too!  ox Hugs, kelly



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      Judyo wrote Dec 7, 2008
    • Great article, Sharon.  I realize that life is too short and that it’s time to move on to better, happier, and more fulfilling things so am working on it.  Thanks for the encouragement.



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      Paris Mano wrote Jan 7, 2009
    • Loved your article a lot. I own two businesses. I started a commercial cleaning busines in 2000 and still own and operate it. Two years ago I decided to look for something that I could sell online and offline and that I really believed in. I finally found that product....scented gourmet candles!!! I love the candles because they are non toxic...no paraffin and 90% of all women buy them throughout the year. I could not be happier with the choice I made. I am building the candle business so that I can eventually phase out of or sell the cleaning business. It is stressfree doing what you love.

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      Greenfriend wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • It is a great pleasure to do something that you love, and get recommended by every one that you’ve touched.  

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      Atat2girl wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I worked in an office for almost 10 years. I was miserable for the last 2 I was there.  I just quit one day.  I am a massage therapist now and I work for myself. I love EVERY day of work.  I am so honored to have found something I love doing so much.  I tell me kids, figure out what you love, then figure out a way to make money doing it. We spend way too much time at work to not love it...



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      Rose Nino wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • You said it atat2girl! Great advise & Congratulations on making it happen.

      estatic



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      Fraz764 wrote Feb 3, 2009
    • I really believe this. I gave my notice yesterday at work.  

      Stepping out on my own, time to do meestatic



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 3, 2009
    • Fraz: Good for you and may you enjoy every moment of “DO ME”  We are here to cheer for you.  You go girl!



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      Pam Koppel wrote Mar 18, 2009
    • My husband has written a website to help people with the process of starting a business. He has 30 years of business experience and decided to write a website where people can get a lot of free information on the subject.  The link is www.how-to-start-a-business-guide.com



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      Ulrike Freund wrote Mar 26, 2010
    • What an inspiring article. 10 years ago, with three kids at home, I started to study at University what I ever dreamed to study.

      It was a very good time, studying and being a mother at the same time.
      But now, working as a lecturer and scientist on my University I love every day at work.  

      Sometimes dreams come true. happy



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      Linni wrote Jul 12, 2010
    • heart i agree! life is too short to be miserable! heart



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      Terri Belford wrote Jul 29, 2010
    • I am convinced that being self employed is the best job in the world. I would recommend seriously considering self-employment because it allows you to be a life-long learner, continuously “go back to school” by doing workshops, seminars and other short term classes.  When you are bored or just feel that you want to use more of your talents or interests, you can tweak your business to fit those needs. This is much more practical and fulfilling than spending a couple of years in school, competing with 25 year olds to land a job when you finish. And, you can change it to always keep it stimulating. You don’t need a business degree or even a lot of capital or formal business plan to be your own boss and love what you do every day. There really is a way to make a living out of almost any interest or hobby. A great place to start is by mingling with other “joyfully jobless people“. I am planning to be at the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree in Austin, Oct 15-16. I can’t think of a better way to begin to explore the joy of self employment. (oh, and by the way, this will ABSOLUTELY NOT be a pitch-fest. It is a celebration of self employment, honoring author Barbara Winter of “Making  a Living without a Job” . Check out her book and the event for stimulating ideas.



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      Melanie Morgan wrote Mar 13, 2011
    • Interesting article.  I am totally lost as to what to do and I am 47.  I am need of help.  I did work in the non profit industry administrative field for years and hated it!  I am currently on disability and looking forward to going back to another type of work,but have no idea how or what to do. HELP



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      Mariana Calderon-Thornton wrote Jan 8, 2012
    • what a right time to read this I m in a time where I just cant find passion in what I m doing so I m going to visit her website



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      Twinssupermom wrote Mar 8, 2013
    • This is awesome... I havent given up my day job yet but I have taken on a part time job that if i want it to could potentially be this one day... I love to motivate people it keeps me motivated myself .. This is what it takes for me to keep going to the gym and staying healthy and the shakes i sale are what make me healthier and give me the energy i need to do what i motivate myself for... I love being fit but if you dont have energy you wont get off the couch.. You have to decide your going to do it and commit and it sure helps you succeed if you have someone to account to or push you along the way with lots and lots of motivation



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