Thursday, January 19

Follow Your Passion


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I never knew life will be so worth living past couple of days since quitting job. It turned out to be a mini-retirement for me. It’s like picturing yourself 30 years into the future and doing all those things that you planned to do post retirement. You finally get to choose how you want to spend your day and what you really want to do with it.

I understand this phase of ‘being unemployed’ cannot certify me the same satisfaction as it comes post retirement. But there’s nothing wrong in living in the moment. One must slow down in this fast paced world to enjoy every breath, every second and every moment of life. After all, Tim Ferries has this theory ‘one must have short breaks in career to enjoy mini retirements’.

I must admit, this freedom of being idle is a mere transition of myself from an ugly old life where I was, first of all, bonded to work that never excited me and secondly, turned me into a slave at the helm of others, to, this beautiful journey I experience now where am the master of my acts, it’s me who decides how every second of my life should tick.

If you believe life you are living now is not what you ever wanted or you are living someone else’s life, stop immediately. Do not worry about the consequences or after effects. Try to pursue your passion, dream big and stop worrying about the future. you won't fail. At least, defeat in a hard fought battle (to win over your passion) is worth a celebration than being a complete failure for doing something which you never chose for yourself or for your life.

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The change is for good. I am freer to do what I always wanted to do without any gratuitous or unwanted apprehensions or worries. I do not feel wasted at all. Money is not everything, at least not the only criteria for me to judge my happiness. I’ve learnt the simple fact of life, do what you always want to do and live your passion honestly, do not run after money, create enough worth for yourself, wealth will follow you wherever you go.

Learn from Sachin Tendulkar or Amitabh Bachchan, they rose to the occasion, they are the real heroes who worked hard to hunt their passion and achieve glory and now accolades come from all across the globe to acknowledge their hard work.

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Get inspired and be an inspiration for others. At the end I would say, learn to live life happily, be good and follow your heart and enjoy life with short breaks in this fast paced world. You’ve already been what your parents wanted you to be since childhood, now it’s time for you to be the change, be what you always desired to be, do things you always wanted to do and free yourself from the clutches of money or societal pressure, after all, it’s you whose answerable to yourself and not to the society.

P.S : This is a self motivational post I wrote to keep myself moving and do not lose focus.

P.P.S : I would like to thank Leo Babauta from zenhabits for being such an inspiration.

40 comments:

  1. Best wishes!
    appreciate your courage of conviction!!

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  2. all the best my friend.. indeed follow ur passion with full HEART and work hard .. just pursuing wont do .. one has to work hard toooo ..

    Bikram's

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    1. thank you Bikram.

      yes will not lose focus and keep burning myself till i do not make it to the end!

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  3. the post will inspire everyone who reads it
    thoughtful post

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  4. Great Inspirational and insightful post.

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  5. Great insights in your Post.. The world needs more positiveness.. Keep spreading it!! :)

    -Khushbu

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    1. thank you Khushbu ..

      good to have you here!

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  6. yes rahul rightly said, most of us are not in our passionate feild

    but sure we can gradually switch over to our passion, it is neccessary to keep our passion alive.

    liked your concept of mini retirement.


    www.readitt.in (the e magazine)

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    1. Yes, i agree.

      one must keep the passion alive. life always gives a chance to pursue what you always longed for !!!

      yeah mini retirement is kind of cool and refreshing. it helps you get away from daily chaos of life...

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  7. great post, I am myself a reader of zen habits, and have been inspired many times myself! I am also in my mini retirement now and believing that it is only a short break is really refreshing!

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    1. thanks for visiting Rajyalakshmi,

      welcome to the mini retirement club :P

      zen habits has certainly changed my life and continues to do so :-)

      it never so happens my day goes without reading zen habits...

      yeah this short break turns out to be quite refreshing for me as well...

      glad to see you on blog..

      keep coming

      regards
      rahul

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  8. Inspiring post !
    good luck for your path..
    Dee..

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    1. thank you Dee...

      all the best to you as well for the life ahead!

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  9. Just a note to let you know that you are not alone in your conviction, Rahul. There are many of us who have turned away from lucrative corporate lives in order to pursue something more meaningful. It is not easy to do it, and once you have taken the plunge, it is not easy to sustain it. Yet, it is not impossible, and is immensely satisfying. Wish you all the best in your journey.

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    1. hey Subhorup,

      i completely agree with you .. i myself was inspired from such people and took this decision to pursue my passion to give sense, meaning to my life ..

      i wish all a very good luck and work hard to keep your spirit alive till you finally achieve what you want !

      thanks for dropping by .. always good to have you here...

      regards
      rahul

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  10. Abs. beautiful. so well written. Love your blog... also liked the post about things to do before dying..your newest follower and am cming here again and again :) you can find me at http://purplechronicle.blogspot.com/

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    1. thank you kajal for liking the post ..

      and thank you once again for reading the other post .. :-)

      will check out your blog next after finishing this comment :-)

      good to have you here .. keep visiting!

      regards
      rahul

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  11. Yumm write n quite True.Its good to follow r hold-good ur Passion.

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    1. thank you Christy

      yes now i've taken the plunge so lets hope for the best :-)

      rahul

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  12. Wow!..I've been obsessing about quitting my job for a long time, but I always keep thinking what'll I do..Nice to know there's someone who's done it and is happy about it..I don't know when my chance'll come!

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    1. hi Ana,

      glad to see you here .. i hope everything is going good with your job and you should not take chances like me .. i did because i was not satisfied with what i was doing and if you think you feel the same .. take a plunge and don't worry about the future .. everything's gonna be alright one day...

      keep visiting and all the best for your future ..

      will look forward to hear from you..

      regards
      rahul

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  13. I have presented The Versatile Blogger Award to you
    http://intertwinedthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

    Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. thank you Divya for the award...feel honored !

      keep visiting !

      regards
      rahul

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  14. Reading this post, i got reminded of the lines i once wrote and it is

    "To lead a successful life, you should be doing what you love, dream to re-invent your love, and let that love be your life's focus, shedding the apprehensions of 'If-not'...All that's needed to live your life, and much more - the riches and accolades will follow that love.
    - Reflections from the life of a Living legend Sachin Tendulkar."

    I look back to these lines from my diary every time i need a dose of inspiration.

    I am in the same boat as yours and i am trying hard to sustain. Its tough but not impossible!

    BTW, can i ask what is your passion?

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  15. hey Divya,

    i'll remember these lines .. so powerful and so inspirational ..

    my passion .. well i want to be a SME in AIX Administration one day .. i mean Sachin Tendulkar of UNIX World!!!

    i've become a technology geek lately :P

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  16. I have been on a break (working on a couple of my own web-projects) for the last one year and three months. It will take a lot of determination, investment and passion to keep going on. I can tell you one thing - As long as one has put forward their best effort, they can't really fail. When working for others, one can never really put their best effort.

    At the end of the day, working for others and working for oneself involves a lot of hard-work. The latter just involves more work, in case one wants to see returns faster.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. hey good to know you are in web based project development ..

      i completely agree with you, if you are good at something and believe that you can do much better working for yourself than working for others, you must stop wasting your time and start living for yourself.

      there's nothing called impossible in this world.

      few days back i saw a young 7 year old girl learning skates near elliot's beach in chennai. keeping in mind it was her first day at school. as she taps her first step on the floor, the very next step she'll find herself on the floor bumped. she gets up and tries again. she fall she again get up. she did this for 30-35 minutes before she actually could walk 5 steps with skates on and she was very happy, satisfied to accomplish this.

      this taught me a lesson. if you have the will to do something, no matter what, you do it and get it!!!

      no pain no gain...

      regards
      rahul

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  17. it's true change is good and these mini-breaks help re-energize us & refocus our energies.plus gives a perspective which might have lacked earlier. i too am on a sabbatical after having worked for 9 years without a break! enjoying it :)

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  18. woaah .. you are my role model Sujatha ..

    i've made this decision to find a better way of living my life with a new perspective and a zeal to work for myself and do stuff which gives me immense satisfaction..

    thanks for dropping by Sujatha..

    keep visiting

    regards
    rahul

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  19. beautifully written. all the very best. win or lose, u ll be happy end of the day.

    btw even i m on a break right now and no plans of going back to that mundane life :D.

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    1. thank you buddy and all the best to you as well.

      i read somewhere "everyday above ground is a good day!!!"

      so yes you are right, you win or lose, it doesn't matter, what matters is the happiness in the end.

      don't even think going back if you think that life doesn't excite you at all !

      regards
      rahul

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  20. all the extra money in your bank at the time of death are all the extra hours you shouldnt have workd,,hehe,,just go with the flow and take life as it comes:)

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    1. very well said Alka .. point noted, thank you !

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  21. Cheers Rahul :)

    I took a break from work, and am still on break. These six months have been the most relaxing days of my life. Yes, money wasn't *enough* yet, peace of mind helped :)

    Good luck..

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    1. Thank you Chintan ..

      it's always good to have friends like you .. so optimistic and positive in their thinking and approach ..

      i agree with you, peace of mind matters the most. if you are not satisfied with what you are doing, there's no point of continuing it. and that's what i did and i have no regrets for my decision.

      money isn't everything, it is something but it cannot buy freedom, satisfaction and peace of mind.

      regards
      rahul

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  22. Found your blog by accident...my motto has always been "Follow Your Passion" - great post and love the bracelet...gonna have to get me one

    Thanks again for your inspiration

    Cynthia Cosco

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    1. thanks for dropping by Cynthia!

      Glad to know that you liked the post and it inspired you.

      keep visiting !

      regards
      rahul

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