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Changed Direction

There are times in our lives where we have to make a choice to stay the course or veer right. I chose to veer.

I started Financially Poor to help people get their finances together. It was fun for a while and I got several emails from readers thanking me for helping them. That was all I ever wanted and it felt great knowing I was helping people.

The problem was that I was becoming disinterested in the content. I didn’t like writing about different ways to save money because there’s only so many ways you can say pay yourself first.

I applaud all the PF blogs out there that are able to write on a wider variety of PF topics than I can. I just didn’t want to go deeper into it.

I lost the passion

So a few weeks ago I started to work on the new Financially Poor after stumbling onto a new to me blog Mars Dorian. He was a big part in getting me to actually show my true voice. Follow him @MarsDorian, I do.

So with my true voice shouting, I decided I was going to take Financially Poor to a new angle. The angle of making money Doing What You Want.

I started to reflect on life and I soaked up a lot of ideas about how we as a society hold a job as the end all be all of making money. Why?

I don’t feel it has to be that way. You don’t have to trade your time for money. You can learn to leverage less time for more money.

The catalyst that sparked the dramatic change was me losing my job last Monday.

It’s one of the most relieving days of my life. I just felt such a weight off of my shoulders and I’m so much more motivated.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve made a lot of changes around here with the design and I even changed the tagline to “Your Guide To Living Your Passion On Any Income”

I changed it to that because I know that no matter what your situation or income, you can Live Your Passion and make money doing it.

You don’t have to quit your job, but I do hope that I can convince you to not put your passion on hold until it’s too late to live it.

If it’s truly your passion, then nothing can stop you except yourself.

It’s my new goal for Financially Poor to change as many peoples lives that I can by helping people to live their passion and not let their lives slip away.

You only have 1, so use it wisely. Don’t let society say you can’t….You Can!

Go Live Your Passion!

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  • Congratulation!..?
    I think I will know how you feel the day I quit my corporate job. I am dreaming about it everyday. I like the new direction.
    Living passionately and doing what you want is exactly what I’m looking for. Will you have to change the blog name?

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  • Kevin–I read this post with more than casual interest; I lost my job a week before you! And like you, there was a part of me that was relieved–but not the financial part of course. Still, I have a weird sense of confidence about my future, and a lot of that is from experience.

    I’m a good bit older than you, so I’ve also come to the conclusion that the traditional corporate career offers little salvation for a solid future, and far less in regard to personal satisfaction. Once you’re past 40, you become expendable, much more so than in your 20s and 30s. Stability disappears. But even if you’re under 40 and feeling safe, you need to prepare for the day when you’re older and that safety vanishes. It will.

    The up side of all of this is that there’s never been a better time to pursue our passions–if corporate world security is a myth then passion has to become the career holy grail. There’s less downside to pursuing our passions than ever before, and it may be more important to our futures than an empty promise of job security and benefits. (I’ve written a post about this very topic on my site.)

    Fortunately for me, I’ve been developing alternate income sources for a while now, and have income streams without a fulltime paycheck. That’s the key. Identifying, maintaining and expanding those sources becomes your new full time job. It’s not a straight road either, but then neither is the corporate world, at least not any more.

    Thanks for the Mars Dorian tip–finding your true voice is something that I’ve become aware of recently, and I can use some direction with that. I suppose we all can. The corporate world instructs us (overtly and otherwise) to put on a mask and mirror the behavior of the company herd. That won’t serve us well in the outside world. Who we truly are is our best “product”, and the commodity we most need to promote.

    You’ll do fine, we all will. Human adaptability is both under-rated and poorly understood.

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    • Thanks for that. That’s a great line about human adaptability. I can see I’m on the right path now. The only issue I’m having now is communicating to my loved ones that this is the path for me and it’s a very viable path. I feel like people that don’t try to follow there passion try to tell you you’re wrong. So the best way to show them is to actually do. I know I can do this and I will accomplish my goal of Living my passion. I mean what’s the worst thing that can happen? I get a corporate job? That is pretty bad.

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  • Great stuff and good luck. I like the new direction.

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  • Kudos to you for realizing when an idea has run it’s course, and moving on to something else that makes you happy. I’m a software engineer, and love my job. But I have other passions that I’d like to explore. I started reading your blog because I’m in debt and wanted to find others in a similar situation. Being in debt actually caused an opportunity to present itself to blog for the company that we are using for a debt management plan. It brought back to the surface how much I enjoyed years ago while in high school and college. I am now enjoying realizing that passion that I had stuck in a corner for years. Looking forward to seeing where you take you new direction!

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  • Kevin, Way to go!! I like the changes. You will do great, I’m sure. good luck with your new endeavors. Just picked up your feed to keep on top of your new direction :)

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  • Congratulations!!!! I am excited for you and will continue reading your posts. Good luck to you.

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