If you give happiness to people, you give glory to God as well.
Let’s talk about passions. I’ve got a lot of friends who would often pour their hearts to me about what they really want to do in life but are stuck to a 9-5 (or sometimes night shift) job while juggling parenting.
I have been there before. Going home late at night because Manila traffic is THAT bad then your toddler would run excitingly, wanting to play but you are too tired to process and it’s almost bedtime. Bummer! You do what you do because we all need to bring food on the table, right?
#ADULTING is hard. But what if I tell you your passion can bring not just food but also that sense of fulfillment you’ve been longing for?
I’m not going to lie, prioritizing your passion means giving up the security and convenience you have right now and this is exactly what most people are afraid of. Using your talents as you pursue your dreams can be frightening, but it’s also the most liberating and blissful thing that you could ever do knowing you’ve served your purpose in life.
TALENTS ARE GIFTS
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
When I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, my life didn’t just end there. I explored what my hands can do and where wisdom will take me. I first chose to build an events company with a friend only to realize that it isn’t what my heart desires. My strong cravings for good desserts led me to baking — a passion which I never knew existed. I just love to eat, okay?
It was the same thing for our wedding videographer turned friend, Bong of BongVideos Production. Bong worked for 7 years in a BPO company while doing a little editing of his personal videos for fun until his colleagues discovered he has a talent. They encouraged him and told him that he can actually earn a living by doing it alone and for 8 years now, he never looked back.
GIFTS MAKE OTHERS HAPPY
“If you give happiness to people, you give glory to God as well.”
I will never forget this line from Tomie dePaola’s Clown of God. It is such a perfect demonstration of using your talents to lift people up. Bong recalled, “there was one time that I made a video presentation for the whole team and for my friends in our production area. I borrowed an old video camcorder from one of the agents and edited a video in my very old PC. It was a video that made everyone in the company happy. They kept on suggesting that I should make more videos and charge people for it. The word ‘charge’ made me hesitate, but the word ‘happy’ made me think in pursuing my passion.”
Out of a hundred baking sessions, I also had numerous failed projects. Knowing I don’t just make myself happy but my customers as well, I did not turn away from the drive. When you are passionate about something, people appreciate it. People will be moved and you actually made a difference.
When I say making others happy, it shouldn’t just extend to your customers. Most of the time the people in our household, our family, were automatically the first ones to benefit. Lorby is a registered nurse but when she had a family everything changed and she decided to work from home. By having a home-based job, she thought she could escape the busy environment hospitals have, but Lorby admitted it was not as easy as pie, “I am a homeschooling mom who doesn’t have a house help most of the time and have an 8 hours work shift at night. I thought I could do it all. I’m a multitasking queen! But, who am I kidding? My work started to suffer, to the point I fall asleep all the time.” It was a turning point for her. Lorby knew that having a fixed schedule means fixed salary but also she is a nurturing mother and serving her family is the job.
A woman is often stereotyped or expected to keep quiet while she watches her husband build something. But this isn’t the case for Lorby. Since she has an eye for beauty, she started her very own business — Treen Manila. “I prayed and asked God for guidance. I’ve asked him to lead me where I can truly fulfill his plans for me. I said, ‘Lord, I love what I’m doing and creating things is my passion. I hope I can bring people to you through this as well.’ So, I must say, it was a leap of faith to let go of a fixed income and explore the uncertainty of the business world.”
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
STARTING IS FRIGHTENING
“The scariest part would be looking at your wallet with only Php20 in it and your kid wants you to buy her a happy meal which is Php50 pesos at that time. The best thing I could do during those times would be to suck it all in and keep on trying. And of course constantly reassure your kid that you’ll buy her a happy meal once dada bags a new project,” Bong remembered.
Personally, I think being scared of the uncertain is one good factor for success. You need fear to have humility. Fearful if it will ever work, fearful if people will accept you. All those fears will make you admit that you are just a human being and you have to put your trust in God, you will fail but you will also have options: to stop and end your life story as a failure or continue and tell people how hard you tried to be where you are today.
In Lorby’s words, “the mere thought of starting again from nothing and ending up with nothing is the scariest part. I mean, it was not easy to just say goodbye from a good paying home-based job and go explore the entrepreneurial world. I am no business expert, I am far from being one, but God has placed me here.”
In this day and age, it’s very empowering to see more and more Filipinos supporting local products. More and more Filipinos are being innovative thus producing jobs for fellow citizens.
You might not have the heart today or might be struggling whether you should trade security over your passion or you already have everything you need except that affirmation and a little push to leave everything behind and just do it, there are people who can help you.
This coming April 8, Manila Workshops prepared a wonderful talk about turning your passion into profit in their event: Let’s Get Down to Business.
Let’s Get Down to Business promises to teach you the concrete steps you need to do in order to get your business started, will help you clarify your life objectives and dreams, assist you in making your creative passion income-generating, help you set up a lifestyle that isn’t bound by time or location.
Even the event speaker, Francis Miranda, admits that it was not easy for him to retire from his already rewarding corporate career but decided to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life of adventure and travel.
Whether you are an aspiring baker, videographer, designer, singer, dancer, writer, artist, etc., this event is for you who desires in being their own boss. Workshop fee is inclusive of workbook, workshop powerpoint file, snacks and free flowing coffee!
And to make it more worth your time and money, the first few registrants will earn one(1) raffle entry for a chance to win a FREE STARTUP PACKAGE (logo, business card template & Facebook page cover photo) for that business you’ve been wanting to start.
Bong and Lorby are just two people out of the thousand aspiring entrepreneurs out there who looked back at their fears and failures but today with a proud voice they say EVERYTHING IS WORTH IT!
If you’re still not convinced, let Bong tell you what life taught him,
“It was one of the best decisions I made for myself. Feeding your passion is like giving life to your inner soul. It makes you feel that no matter what this world throws at you at the end of the day you still have your passion/soul in you and no one can take that away from you. You will live and drift away with it.”
Hope to see you there!