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Child Dreams Will Become Adult Realities…If We Put Our Minds to it

How to Stay the Course to Passion When Adulthood Rolls Around

So, you want to know how to stay the course to passion when adulthood rolls around?

 

I know how hard it gets after middle school to pursue what you’ve always loved. Sure, a few athletes will get college scholarships, and ditto for those with a high grade-point-average, but what about those of us who might be in the following group:

 
1. Non-athlete (I workout fourteen hours per week, but I’m NOT an athlete).

 
2. Non-scholar (average to good grades, but never reached an honor society).

 
3. Small school that didn’t have much extracurricular going on.

 
I’m a member of all three categories!

 
And I had interests outside the school’s extracurricular base, where at old Edison High School, it wasn’t much. Let’s see, we had a Spanish club, choirs, something called a Home Ec. Club, Future Farmers of America (this was Richmond, Ohio, people), and that’s about it.

 
Hmm, I had to pull out my old yearbook for that one in which my senior picture included a leather jacket complete with a prepped out look. I don’t know. I don’t know.

 
And my passion for hitting the gym skyrocketed to the point I did the following:

 
1. Got into bodybuilding and men’s physique two years later.

 
2. Went to school while getting certified as a personal trainer.

 
3. Secured a job as a trainer and got the heck out of Riesbecks because the manager was a (fill in the blank).

 
4. Worked for a fine fitness club in Weirton before taking my talents to Pittsburgh while falling in love with my childhood dream.

 
It’s funny how things make a full circle.

 
Perhaps you’re feeling the itch to pursue your childhood dream?

 

 

But, we need to stay the course to passion.

 
Childhood dreams can become adult realities; I know they can, because I can tell you right now: If you put in the time, energy, dedication, and sacrifice, funny things happen.

 

 

When adulthood rolls around, you’ll be at the top of your game.

 

 

In the past three months, I never thought I’d have acquired a small fanbase where a few people have asked when my debut novel’s coming out.

 

 

When adulthood rolls around, you’ll be at the top of your game.

 
I never thought I’d be confident enough to look for writing opportunities far and wide, but after conducting research the past few weeks, I’ve found literary journals, magazines, websites, contests, and other outlets that will pay for your writing if the pitch is good enough.

 
I never thought I’d have a nice spreadsheet on how to build a writer’s platform, but I did that today.

 
I never thought I’d find sound book promotion material, but I have.

 
I never thought I’d understand Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and meta-data, but I have.

 
I’ve found all of this, and I did it with hours of dedicated research.

 
When it comes to being an indie-author whose first work will debut in a bit, guess what, I never knew how much went into it, but I’m glad I did my research.

 
Guys, we’re lucky to live in this time period. Just about anything you’re passionate about can be found online. Here are a few steps to help you get started:

 
1. Identify your passion. What do you love? Why do you love it? What makes you, regardless of the amount of work required, will motivate you to wake up before the sun and go to bed long after it’s gone down in the middle of summer?

 
2. Find those who’ve succeeded in the field and follow them. I decided to follow Jerry Jenkins since I was familiar with his work. Though I’m not a Christian in a traditional sense, I do like his Left Behind work. I ended up buying into his writers’ guild and within months, I improved my writing more than I had the previous three years. Within months!

 
3. Find a mentor. Now, for me there aren’t many serious writers where I work, which made my decision to buy into Jerry’s Guild easier. He’s practically my writing mentor, and his master classes, manuscript rewrites, workshops, and Q&A sessions. Again, I learned more the past eight months than I had in three years.

 
4. Learn the in’s and out’s. For writing, there’s so much more than writing and uploading a book for the indie-author. If one wants to make a primary income off their passion (and why wouldn’t you?), it’s about branding, marketing, networking, the whole nine yards. For the author, it might involve ferocious self-editing, choosing a book cover (a premade book cover by a real graphic artist), investing in email and marketing campaigns, building a platform, and more.

 
5. Build a platform. This should be a blog, which can be linked to all your social media sites. Blog often and be active on social media. If you’d like to, create pages dedicated only to your passion and find others to follow you by posting engaging content, images related to your passion, and small blurbs. I experimented with Twitter and have seen fantastic results, up to nearly 4,000 followers in a few short months.

 
Well, dreamers, what are you waiting for? Above are just a few short tips on how to get started. These are the steps I’ve taken and thus far, have worked well. As I tumble toward my book launch, I’ll be posting more tidbit articles like this one as I continue to document my journey toward success in my passion.

 
This weekend, look for my continuing Truth series, this one covering Part III of South Africa’s Economic Debacle and Part III on the Deep State. Thanks for reading!

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