Get Paid to Do What Makes You Happy

Date Posted: February 4, 2016
Posted in: Expat Life, Freelance Writing, Travel Tales

Earn a living being happy

I saw a video the other day and something struck me as particularly ironic. Most people viewing that video will chuckle, marvel at how unique the person is, and then carry on with their days. Most people will not look at this video and feel inspired to follow their passions. But I think it’s the most important part of this particular video.

You see, the person in this video obviously LOVES to dance. There’s no way you could convince someone who hates dancing, or who feels uncomfortable dancing, or who doesn’t like being the center of attention to do this.

The person in this video is doing what he or she loves to do. That’s obvious.

The other obvious thing is that the person in this video is getting paid to do what it is he or she loves to do. That’s the inspirational part.

Make a living doing what you love

Sure, you might think there’s no way this person is making enough to live off of doing this every day. And that’s probably true! It’s also probably true that this isn’t what he or she does every day.

This person probably does this cow dance a few times a week, and probably works a few other small jobs as well. Maybe they’re all about dancing. Or maybe a few allow this dance-lover to get moving and then other jobs provide a different creative outlet altogether. Then again, maybe this person can live off of being a dancing cow alone. Either way, it doesn’t matter!

There’s an ingrained mentality in the U.S. that says you must get a full-time job with a salary and benefits in order to succeed. It is when you get this job and keep it that you have achieved the American Dream. But that isn’t a dream for everyone; it doesn’t have to be your dream.

Are you living your dream? If you are, I applaud you! You figured it out.

If you’re not living your dream and you find yourself wondering if there’s something more to life, something you’re missing out on…take a look at the person in this video. Be that dancing fool in a cow costume, because that person is obviously following a dream.

Getting paid to do what makes you happy should be the new American Dream. You do not have to stay in a job you do not like. You do not have to stay in a career you started years ago and you do not have to climb any ladders anywhere.

What makes you happy?

What you owe yourself is a reality check. Ask yourself what you want to do. What makes you happy? Whatever it is, you can find a way to get paid to do it, and that’s the dream. Get paid to do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Would you rather complain about going to work on Monday, or brag that you get to dance like a fool and get paid for it?

Personally, I’ve had the steady, respectable job with the good salary. I could’ve climbed that ladder. I could’ve made it a career. But I would’ve woken up one day and realized I wasn’t happy. I left that job before that realization – I left because I never want to be that unhappy person dragging through life. I loved the opportunities I received in that office and the people I met because of that job.

And now I love the opportunities I have in my current freelance writing career and the people I get to meet and the places I get to go because of this job. I’m following a dream. And that dream might change! But the mere fact that I’m making a living out of what makes me happy right now, means I’ve made a life.

I live a life I love and the bills get paid because of that. I’ve absolutely had good luck and I know the privileges I have along the way, but even if that weren’t the case, I would’ve just found a different path that also makes me happy.

And that dancing cow? That person got paid to do that. I can guarantee that feels amazing.

Go be a dancing cow. Whatever that means to you.


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I saw a video the other day and something struck me as particularly ironic. Most people viewing that video will chuckle, marvel at how unique the person is, and then carry on with their days. Most people will not look at this video and feel inspired to follow their passions. But I think it’s the most important part of this particular video.

You see, the person in this video obviously LOVES to dance. There’s no way you could convince someone who hates dancing, or who feels uncomfortable dancing, or who doesn’t like being the center of attention to do this.

The person in this video is doing what he or she loves to do. That’s obvious.

The other obvious thing is that the person in this video is getting paid to do what it is he or she loves to do. That’s the inspirational part.

Make a living doing what you love

Sure, you might think there’s no way this person is making enough to live off of doing this every day. And that’s probably true! It’s also probably true that this isn’t what he or she does every day.

This person probably does this cow dance a few times a week, and probably works a few other small jobs as well. Maybe they’re all about dancing. Or maybe a few allow this dance-lover to get moving and then other jobs provide a different creative outlet altogether. Then again, maybe this person can live off of being a dancing cow alone. Either way, it doesn’t matter!

There’s an ingrained mentality in the U.S. that says you must get a full-time job with a salary and benefits in order to succeed. It is when you get this job and keep it that you have achieved the American Dream. But that isn’t a dream for everyone; it doesn’t have to be your dream.

Are you living your dream? If you are, I applaud you! You figured it out.

If you’re not living your dream and you find yourself wondering if there’s something more to life, something you’re missing out on…take a look at the person in this video. Be that dancing fool in a cow costume, because that person is obviously following a dream.

Getting paid to do what makes you happy should be the new American Dream. You do not have to stay in a job you do not like. You do not have to stay in a career you started years ago and you do not have to climb any ladders anywhere.

What makes you happy?

What you owe yourself is a reality check. Ask yourself what you want to do. What makes you happy? Whatever it is, you can find a way to get paid to do it, and that’s the dream. Get paid to do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Would you rather complain about going to work on Monday, or brag that you get to dance like a fool and get paid for it?

Personally, I’ve had the steady, respectable job with the good salary. I could’ve climbed that ladder. I could’ve made it a career. But I would’ve woken up one day and realized I wasn’t happy. I left that job before that realization – I left because I never want to be that unhappy person dragging through life. I loved the opportunities I received in that office and the people I met because of that job.

And now I love the opportunities I have in my current freelance writing career and the people I get to meet and the places I get to go because of this job. I’m following a dream. And that dream might change! But the mere fact that I’m making a living out of what makes me happy right now, means I’ve made a life.

I live a life I love and the bills get paid because of that. I’ve absolutely had good luck and I know the privileges I have along the way, but even if that weren’t the case, I would’ve just found a different path that also makes me happy.

And that dancing cow? That person got paid to do that. I can guarantee that feels amazing.

Go be a dancing cow. Whatever that means to you.


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About the author

Amanda Walkins

Serial expat Amanda Walkins is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived in 7 different countries, traveled to many more, and loves helping people explore the world through slow travel and living overseas.