Morning Cup of Joe – Passion to Profit

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We are at an impasse as a society. As the financial divide widens, between the declining middle class and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, most people are faced with the difficult decision of continuing with the daily grind or taking a risk and starting their own business. These brave folks are venturing out and doing what they’ve always been passionate about. Discovering your passion and taking risks allows you to benefit from the immeasurable rewards that typically follows such risks.

Most successful people find a niche or something they do better than most and execute it. Successful people typically involve themselves with a job that they would do even if they weren’t paid to do it. In fact, they don’t even see it as a job. Successful people maintain a deep understanding of the importance of the following phrase; “If you love what you do for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life”. It makes absolutely no sense to waste your time in a career you have no interest in. Some people are perfectly fine with what they do whether they love it or not; most winners think differently.

The tides are changing and those who are wise enough to change with the tides will not risk drowning or capsizing. The best way to ensure a positive outcome is to do what you love and love what you do. Most people will not subscribe to this rule mainly because it requires a significant amount of risks. Understand that rewards are reserved only for those who are brave enough to take risks. If you are gainfully employed in an industry you are not passionate about, spend time focusing on a hobby that can increase your streams of income. You cannot reasonably expect your quality of life to improve if you only have one source of income.

When you are passionate about your work and you love what you do, the money will always seem like a bonus simply because you would do it for free.

Turn your passion into profit.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Delays & Deferments

To defer means to put off to a later time or postpone a certain action. A delay is simply a period of time by which something is late or postponed. With one of these you have complete control over while the other you may not be in control as much. When you defer you are in many ways preventing the inevitable from occurring mainly because you are not taking necessary actions within a reasonable time period to ensure that it actually happens.

I want us to focus on the thing you cannot control; the delay. Have you ever waited on a bus or a train that was late? You anxiously look at your watch and recheck the schedule to see if perhaps you read the arrival time wrong. You peek down the road to see if you can make out a large object that may be a bus or a train. Right when you are about to give up on the fact that the bus may not show up, even though it’s a little late, it finally arrives. Although it did not come when you wanted it, it arrived when it was supposed to. Your dreams work the same way.

Just because something is late does not mean it is not coming. So many people give up on their dreams mainly because they expect it to happen by a certain time and when it does not they defer their actions which delay and eventually kill their dream. Dreams happen when they should. Now is not the time to put off tomorrow what you can do today. Now is not the time to contribute to the delay by deferring your actions. Now is the time to work even harder when it does not show up especially when you expect it to.

Treat your dreams like you would a bus or train that you expect to show up. Even if it’s a bit behind, trust, believe and maintain the faith that it will show up and eventually it will. Don’t lose hope.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Turn On Your Light

During a conversation, a friend expressed how they were modest and did not want too much attention focused on her. She was tasked with being the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremonies for her collegiate Alma Mater and was experiencing challenges formulating her speech. As she was writing her speech, she did not want to focus too much attention on her accomplishments and awards because she felt as if the audience may think that she was self-centered. She also did not want to seem conceited or pompous so she shied away from talking about herself. I had a different idea of how she should approach her speech.

She had experienced some challenges and setbacks in her life which helped her build the tenacity and perseverance necessary for one to experience success of any kind. Without going into details of her story, I encouraged her to focus on the lemons she had been able to turn into lemonade. If you don’t share your story, how can you inspire someone else who may be experiencing the same challenges as you? At the very least they will think to themselves “If she can make it, maybe I can.” When I speak to a crowd, my goal is never to reach everyone as I believe that this is an unrealistic goal. I only seek to touch one person. If I reach more than one person then that’s great but my goal is only to reach one.

I share this story with you because you may be shy about sharing all of the trials and tribulations you have been able to turn into triumphs. I encourage you to share with the world how far you’ve come. Although you may not be where you thought you’d be at this stage in your life, thank goodness you aren’t where you used to be. Share your story and inspire others. Don’t be afraid to talk about the amazing things you’ve been able to accomplish in spite of the devastating events that may have occurred in your life. The world is listening, share it and inspire others!

How can someone see how bright a light is if it’s turned off? Turn on your light and shine! I invite you to join me and shine as bright as the sun at nine. Don’t be afraid to shine and tell the world how far you’ve come. Be the light that will guide the path for others to follow.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Follow Your Passion

My mother always wanted me to be a doctor. I remember her telling me how proud she would be if her son wore a white coat with his name neatly stitched on it while a stethoscope hung loosely around his neck. Well, being a doctor was never a desire of mine and I am not really passionate about the medical field. Could I have been a doctor? Absolutely. Is there still time to pursue it? As long as I have breath in my body, I can still accomplish anything. Would I be following my dreams? No.

I once showed my father a group picture I had taken of my fraternity brothers and I at a reception of one of their weddings. I pointed out their names and where they are now. “He’s an attorney, he’s an engineer, he’s an accomplished teacher, he recently completed his PhD, he’s a television news reporter…” I continued to list the accomplishments of my brothers then my father says “It seems to me like you’re the only one that’s nothing.” I was a bit offended, confused and baffled by his statement. I then had to try to understand why he would say such a thing. Then it came to me, he wasn’t always in my life and thus missed out on most of the high points. In addition, he falsely connects success with titles. That is not what success means to me. I further deduced that he did not quite understand what I had chosen as a career. I’d like to believe that he meant no harm with his words and my heart confirms this assertion.

Being a motivational speaker is my passion. Everyone else, including my parents, have dreams for my life but they are not mine. I once had a friend tell me I was wasting my time with the current path I had chosen and that I should just go back to school and get a good job. I am thankful that I learned a long time ago never to listen to people who are afraid to fail. I learned never to listen to people who are comfortable with the status quo. I learned never to listen to people who aren’t following their own passion. Lastly, I learned that when you follow your passion, success will follow you.

It doesn’t matter what people say, think or feel about you following your passion, just do it! I am an orator; my passion is speaking and writing. I join the company of Fredrick Douglas, Zig Ziglar, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Allen and Maya Angelou. That’s not bad company to keep. Eliminate the words of the naysayers if you can’t eliminate the naysayers altogether. A good friend told me recently, “You are only young once so follow your dreams. If you fail, so what, at least you tried and that’s more than a majority of people could ever say.” You truly only live once so stop wasting your time trying to live the life everyone else wants you to live and chase your dreams until you catch them.

If you follow your passion, success will undoubtedly follow you.

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Joe Paul

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