Don't die with your music still in you
This morning I woke up knowing that I would be back writing and that brought mixed emotions, excitement, anticipation and maybe a little fear. Will I be inspired to write something after all this time?
I have been reading a book by Dr Wayne Dyer and in the book he gave the advice 'Don't die with your music still in you' and this resonated, really powerfully this morning, as I start writing for my passion project website.
I realised that have spent most of my life doing what I thought (or what others thought) was the right thing to do. I have spent much time worrying about what people think and how to please them. I followed a sensible path in life going into finance at 18, starting first with working in pensions, then insurance, then mortgages and settling for 20 years as a financial adviser. Most would say that I had been successful, reaching the top of league tables many times. Working long hours to achieve big things.
Of course with the job came money and stability however, this all required sacrifice. What I hadn't realised was that for twenty years I had actually sacrificed living who I truly was. Back in the 'olden days' (as my children call the era (70's/80's) I grew up in) you would have a meeting with a careers officer, and they would ask what you would like to do. My answer was actress, I loved and adored the theatre and singing, I had been acting and performing since I was a baby it was in the very soul of my being.
However on that day that I had the meeting with the careers officer, she told me I was being ridiculous, "not many people make it, it is hard and you won't make money". She advised me that a much better path was to apply to the multitude of pension and insurance companies that were in my town, which I did. That one meeting made me live for twenty years with my music suppressed and bubbling inside me.
Then one day, my mind and body decided to really make me listen, by making me collapse on the floor of the bank that I was working in. In the 6 months I had to recover, I undertook lots of 'soul-searching'. They often say if you want to find 'your music' you only need to think back to when you were a child. Back before you were socialised and conditions to believe there was only one way.
When I looked back I remembered that I loved music, I would play my records and sing for hours. I loved performing. I also had an old style typewriter that I loved to write on, I would write plays and articles for magazines I designed and letters to imaginary people about the wonderful adventures and travels I would have in my life. I also love photography and when I was younger always had a camera with me and documented much of my younger life with photo's.
At the age of 38 I rediscovered what my 'music' was. And as many of you know I returned to university to get a first class honors degree in theatre arts. So what is the music that is in you?
Abraham Maslow advises us that 'A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be'. This quote made me realise that I had spent most of my life not at peace, because I was not being what I could be.
Dr Dyer urges us that we must listen to our hearts, and that our heart is who we really are, this is where our passion is, where our true north is and where our music is, whatever that may be. he also advises us to listen to our right brain. The right brain is that invisible presence, like a nagging little creature of intuition that knows the truth. This is the part of you that will remind you of your sense of purpose, just as it did to me, as I lay on the floor of the bank I was working at.
I know better than most that being passionate and letting the music out means taking risks and is scary maybe even terrifying. When I left a secure well-paid job to go study theatre, everyone told me I was crazy. How would I pay the bills? How would we maintain our comfortable life? but that nagging little voice (my music) was now shouting too loud for me to ignore!
So what is your little voice inside shouting? How do you know what your heroic mission is? What is your music and are you honestly sharing it with the world? How do you know? you will find your passion, your music, in what inspires you most. Go back to your childhood, like I did what did you love doing? what were your dreams, before someone told you they weren't possible or not doing it by the book? What stirs your soul?
What does this have to do with affiliate marketing?
If you are researching and writing about a subject that you are passionate about, it will show in your writing and will attract far more visitors. If you are writing about a subject many are, like Wealthy Affiliate, do it in your own special way. Let your own music out, not only will it make your websites far more successful, but it will make it much more fun along the way.
I now know that I want to share my music with the world and I start with this small post. My 'music' is to sing, perform, travel, take pictures and to write about it all. This is yet another beginning for me, and I am incredibly excited to have an outlet here to release much more of my 'music' in my new passion project website. I hope myself and the wonderful Dr Wayne Dyer have inspired you to do the same.