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The Case For Being A Weekend Warrior

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Working on your passion, side-hustle, hobby, etc has its limitations.

My passion is blogging and I’m a weekend warrior.

A weekend warrior is someone who has a normal job and then works on their passion over the weekend.

In this article, I’m going to change that meaning slightly and say that a weekend warrior is someone that has a normal job and works on their passion outside work hours. I thought about the advantages of being a weekend warrior.

Sometimes the restrictions you have are your greatest advantage.

For a lot us, we just want to get home from work to pursue our passion.

We tell ourselves the lie that if we could only find a way to do it full-time we’d be set.


Trialing a passion full-time

I tried it with my blogging. I did it full-time. I thought it was the answer to all my dreams.

You know what happened?

I sat at home and didn’t write. I watched movies, read books and told myself“You got all the time in the world pal to blog, so take it easy.”

I always had another thing to do before I could write.

Some days it was meditation, the gym and then helping my girlfriend with something because I love her very much. All that full-time blogging didn’t look so great.

The output was less.


Acting out of desperation kills the art

The reason most of us work a 9–5 is obvious: money.

When you are forced to monetize your passion the desperation to make a living often kills all your creativity, drive and passion.

You end up taking shortcuts because you have to make money from your passion. I found that working 4 days a week at a normal job I liked and doing three days of blogging as a weekend warrior was the right balance for me.

The balance for you will be different. The equation is made up of making money, passion, art and time.

Passion needs room to breathe and suffocating it with desperation will not work.I’ve tried many times.


A day job compounds your after-hours activity

The very fact I have to go to work is what helps my passion for blogging.

You might be thinking “How the heck can an office job possibly help me work on my one and only passion?”

I thought that way too. What I realized is that on the days I go to my 9–5, I come home with a sense of hunger.

I have all this energy built up inside of me that is just waiting to get out of me. It’s this energy that has helped me write many viral blog posts.

At work, I experience lots of things which I then blog about when I get home. My day job taught me leadership and I could never write about that topic if it wasn’t for my 9–5.

Life is very boring when all you have is never-ending space in front of you that you can piss up against the wall and take for granted.


If you do it full-time and you’re burning out, what’s the point

Speak to any musician who has played to thousands of people as their day job and they’ll tell you that doing their art full-time burns them out.

Even when you do what you love full-time, you will get bored and there’s a chance you will burn outIf all you do is burn out and end up hating your passion, what’s the point?

Weekend warriors get to take breaks from their passion and embrace a forced distraction called a career.

This career becomes an acceptable excuse for being distracted which then helps reduce the chance of burnout.


You can’t see your passion the same

When I started blogging, it changed me.

I can no longer read something without thinking about writing my own point of view. I find it hard to read because my busy mind starts thinking about what I can write myself.

Ask travel writers what it’s like to go on a holiday.

They’ll tell you that when they go on holiday, they are stuck in their critiquing mode and can’t actually be present and aware of the holiday they are supposed to be having.

You end up spending so much time living your passion that you can’t enjoy it or think with a clear head about how to create the work you’re so passionate about.


Removing the blocks is the key

Weekend warriors have the obstacles they encounter temporarily removed because of their day job.

By being away from your passion, you can think about the obstacles you encounter with an objective mind. The solutions to the obstacles you’ll encounter in your passion often stem from stuff you see at work.

I found this to be the case when I was trying to write better and heard a story at work from a customer about how they approach the creative side of their business. They described their flower shop Instagram page to me and how it’s supposed to make the person viewing their page feel a certain way.

I realized that this was the same thing I was trying to do with my blogging.

This customer, by the way, was someone that was swearing at me and wanting a refund.

I thought this situation would be the last place in the world that I would find the solution to an obstacle I was encountering with my blogging.

Don’t disregard how valuable unrelated work experiences are to pursuing your passion.


It’s scratching an itch

The weekend warrior like me has something that the full-time hobbyist doesn’t have; we’re scratching an itch and choosing to follow our curiosity.

The outcome we weekend warriors are looking for is not defined, has no boundaries, can take as long as it needs to and is not a primary source of income.

Curiosity is our north star.


Summary

Your passion is supposed to be fun. Don’t ruin it by trying to do it full-time unless you’ve tried it and found a way forward that works.

I’m yet to find a way to do my passion of blogging full-time and there’s something special about the way I currently do it that I don’t want to mess with.

It’s like when people ask Tim Ferriss why he won’t revise his book The 4-Hour Workweek because he doesn’t want to kill the magic it created for millions of people. Messing with your passion when it’s working can be dangerous.

There’s nothing wrong with being a weekend warrior and there are plenty of advantages to it.

For some, being a weekend warrior is a way of life that makes their passion work in relation to the rest of their life.

I’m proud to be a weekend warrior.

Try it.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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