Follow Your Passion and You Will Never Work a Day in Your Life

by | Updated on November 11th, 2022

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Are you doing what you love?

Are you passionate about what you currently do to earn a living?

You may have heard it before… do what you love and the money will follow.

When a person is enjoying what they do, it does not feel like the dreaded 9 to 5, it does not feel like work.

Now, just to be clear, when I am saying “do what you love and the money will follow,” I’m not referring to traveling all over the world with the expectation of your trek to somehow pay for your good time.

You can decide to be a journalist or maybe an airlines pilot and be close.

Follow Your Passion – Don’t Settle… Do What You Love!

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius

I don’t believe it has been said any better than this, prior to his death in 479 BC!

Monday’s are usually the days that people dread after spending the weekend doing something that they enjoy. If you are passionate about what you are currently doing, then you will wake up in the morning looking forward to your day, even if it is a Monday.

It does make sense that if we love what we do, we will do it better, longer and with greater passion. There are entire books dedicated to this topic about following your passion, and yet there are so many people still sitting on the sidelines waiting to discover what their true purpose in life is supposed to be.

There have been many that have been fortunate enough to stumble upon their passions early in life knowing that, what they currently do, is what they were meant for.

On the other hand, there are many people that will spend their entire life working at their dead end job just to get by, all while questioning themselves whether there is more to life, knowing that there has to be something better.

Many of you reading this are probably saying to yourself “I have to make a living,” “I have to survive and pay the bills,” “I have to provide for my family.”

All this is true… we all recognize the fundamental need to survive, but many people ignore the thought that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

There is an amazing book on this subject called The Slight Edge – it’s main premise is about turning simple everyday decisions and disciplines into massive success.

Simple disciplines repeated over time will create success, while simple mistakes created over time will create failure.” ~ Jeff Olson – The Slight Edge

You know you can have both, right? You can make a living doing what you love and are passionate about… it’s just a matter of taking that first step.

I have seen and heard of many stories to where a person is not happy in their job, so the person takes that first, sometimes scary, step towards their passion and next thing you know it, the person is living the life of their dreams.

Whether it’s 1 or 2 years later, or whether it’s 5 years later, the person is following their dreams and passions, and leading a fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Many of us have been receiving the message for years now to get a good education so we can find a good paying job. This is great as long as the education you choose will lead you to the job you desire and are passionate about.

For many of you that don’t have the higher education and have lost touch with your core desires, you will need to take stock to find out what your true passion is.

If you have the strong desire to live financially free and make a living on your own terms, but are unsure of exactly what lights your fire, then it might be a good time for a bit of self-discovery.

Time to Discover YOUR TRUE Passion!

Are you ready to discover what you were meant to do, to find out what your true passion is?

Before we get going, let’s start by finding a place that will allow you to concentrate, a place that is peaceful and serene. I would also suggest you have a pen and pad of paper at the ready.

Now that you are in your place of comfort and serenity enabling you to concentrate, let’s begin with your talents.

Write down “Talents I’m Good At!

Next, write down everything that you feel you are inherently good at. Don’t limit this to your play time, think of everything to include work, and at home.

These can be things that come naturally to you, things that you don’t have to work too hard to accomplish, things that others have told you that you are good at.

Next, add to your list any skills that you have developed either for work or for your personal life.

Last, but not least, write down anything that you are interested in learning about or may want to pursue.

When you were a child, did you dream about being a policeman, or a firefighter? If you can recall what you thought about, write down what you wanted to be when you grew up.

Now… with your list of each item that you wrote down that you are good at, inherently talented in, or skilled at, ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers:

  • DOING THIS – gets me excited so much that I can talk about it all day long?
  • DOING THIS – makes me excited to get up in the morning?
  • DOING THIS – I would be willing to do it for FREE?
  • DOING THIS – can make me lose all sense of time?
  • DOING THIS – gives me extra energy?
  • DOING THIS – makes me smile?

Answer them in this manner, replacing the word “DOING THIS”…

Question #1 – “Watching the progression of my friend losing weight gets me excited so much that I can talk about it all day long.”
Question #2 – “Working at the hospital makes me excited to get up in the morning.”
Question #3 – “Designing websites is so much fun I would be willing to do it for FREE.”
Question #4 – “Working with animals can make me lose all sense of time.”

You get the idea for the remainder of questions… hopefully your subject will be the same in front of each question.

Spend a good amount of time reflecting on your list and these questions. You can even meditate about it.

Once you have discovered what really puts a smile on your face and makes you lose all track of time, the next step will be to brainstorm for ways that you can move towards your desire, passion and purpose.

Time to Make a Change Towards Your Future

Follow Your Passion to the Future

In this next step, imagine your future 5 to 10 years from now. Write down on your pad of paper, in as much detail as possible, what this future looks like using the following questions.

  • What does your typical day look like?
  • Where do you live and what does your house look like?
  • Who are you keeping company with, who are your friends?
  • How much money do you have in the bank?
  • How much are you giving back to the community? (could be your time or your money)

Hopefully you can see your vision clearly.

Once you have this information documented, re-read your note; does it feel right to you?

If it does feel like this is your destiny, then you have the vision of what is in store for you.

Now it’s time to begin planning your path to the life you desire, to make a living following your passion and never again working a day in your life. It is definitely not too late to pursue your dream, even if it means going back to college at the age of 50.

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Blogging since 2010, John has found his true calling as TheBlogPilot. He's a serial entrepreneur and business owner, who's mission is to help ambitious individuals find financial freedom through blogging - to start, grow & build a sustainable, money-making blogging business!

Comments (24)

  1. charlie says:

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  2. Anna says:

    LOVE your post. couldn’t agree more with everything. thank you for sharing. Greetings from Sydney – Australia

  3. Maeve says:

    If this were truly the case, everyone would be rock stars, movie stars, and famous authors. There would be no toilet scrubbers, office cleaners, Uber drivers, fast food servers, you get the picture. This is a very naive concept. Some people love playing music, and may have talent, but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna pay the bills. Some people are very creative Talented writers, that doesn’t mean they are going to make a living off of it or even get published. Everyone who has ever tried to “make it” in an artistic field knows this. That’s why most of us are either completely poor or have day jobs.

    • John Engle says:


      I guess you missed the whole premise behind the quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” The idea is that if you are doing what you love, it would not be considered work.

      If a person is not happy with their current status in life, only that person can take the first step to make a change for the better. It may not be easy to make a change, but it will be worth it.

      I realize there are no simple answers to this, but a person has to put forth the effort if they want to see improvement in their life.

      Example: There are many people that have gotten themselves deeply in debt (most of America), but nobody forced them into this situation, it’s ultimately from the choices that we make.

      In a nutshell, it’s time to take accountability for our own actions.

  4. Disha chopde says:

    Hey it’s really great ……The way you have made it clear is really simple understand and the quotes are too good and inspiring . It would really help me for my elocution talk.☺??

  5. Mohit Poddar says:

    Here are some ways you can find your purpose in life:
    1.Uncover your interests.
    2.Find your strength and weaknesses.
    3.Avoid the distractions.
    4.Try to connect with what you love and express yourself.

  6. Mildred says:

    Dear John,

    I don’t often joke so please permit me this simple pleasure,today:)

    Are you the same Author who wrote “Deceived, WHO ME!”? If so thank you, very much,Sir. It was truly enlightening and reset a course for me to reconsider my spiritual growth in life.

    Now to the matter at hand. I enjoyed your article. I appreciate your timely instruction, just as I am in pursuit of the 2nd half of my life. The fact you are thoughtful enough to invest your time sharing such practical and valuable insights is not taken for granted by me.
    Please, keep up the good work! MMW54

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Mildred (MMW54),

      I am not the author of ‘Deceived, WHO ME,’ but I have looked into it and will most likely purchase and read it. It has long been a mystery for my true calling and I would love to discover what my true identity in Christ is.

      On to the second half of my response…

      I appreciate your kind words… I do try hard to put myself in the place of my readers with the hopes of truly creating an article that hits home, or solves a problem, for those reading it.

      Have you given thoughts for the second half of your life? Any ideas what you wanna do, and are willing to share?


  7. Chuck Holmes says:

    It also helps if your passion is a legitimate demand in the marketplace. I agree that doing what you are passionate about is fun and you won’t work a day in your life. But it helps if your passion is something other people want to buy, and there is a need for it. Great write up.

  8. Chuck Holmes says:

    I am very blessed to live my dream every day. Network marketing is my passion, along with helping others. I work from home full time and feel like the luckiest man in the world. Yes, I put in a good 10 solid hours per day, minimum, but not once have I felt like it was work. It’s more like a labor of love. Just my two cents.


  9. Sayali says:

    Good one to write a page full, but very difficult to implement in real life.
    All you have to think about is money at the end of the day.

  10. Heena Jain says:

    Well-thought and well-written! 🙂

  11. Well, You pick interesting topic for post. Actually you get more success in your work if you working in your favorite sector.

  12. Disha Sharma says:

    Hi John, This post is really such a nice post “Follow Passion & Will Never Work a Day in Life” I do understand meaning of this Title.

  13. Nate Leung says:

    Yes, the good ol system of doing what society teaches us to do. That is to go to school, get good grades, and go out and find a good job and live off the 40/40/40 plan. Doesn’t sound like a great plan to me. I used to believe in this plan until I realized that I was seeing how much employers cared about their employees. When I soon realized how they felt about me, I soon realized that I need to somehow figure out a way to generate my own income. These days jobs are not reliable and if you think that it’s the way to live, you’re lying to yourself. Having a home based business is the way to go!

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Nate,

      You make some good points… I too used to be in the Rat Race of the 9 to 5, except my line of work was 7 to 3:30.

      I did Electrical Construction here in Colorado which became pretty scarce a few years back to find work to say the least.

      After moving from job to job with very little appreciation for the work I did, I decided that there had to be something better than doing a job that was miserable to go to; it just wasn’t worth it and I knew there had to be something better.

      I now enjoy what I do and there is no greater feeling.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      John Engle

    • naoual says:

      i toyally agree with you. did u find finally u home business ?

  14. Joan Harrington says:

    Passion is key to success!!! Thanks for the valuable post John!!!!!

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