Time for an Income Check-Up?Are you happy with how you make a living? A lot of us, sadly, simply aren’t. We may have mixed-up feelings about what we do for work. There are probably parts of it that really resonate with us – and other things that simply don’t jive. We may not believe in the mission of the work, we may not feel we are earning what we deserve, we may not feel our work is powerful enough to create change in the world. Regardless of the specifics, it’s all but an epidemic these days. How do you feel about what you do in exchange for money?

At Hipster, we’ve found a passion and a vehicle for financial abundance that works for us: real estate investment. Maybe that works for you, too – maybe it doesn’t. Either way, here are four questions to examine that could help you find a way to be truly happy with what you do to earn a living. Give yourself an income check-up!

Question 1: Are You Going with the Flow?

By that, we mean: are you doing your job because you feel it’s what you’re “supposed” to do? You have the degree, the experience – it makes sense…. but it doesn’t make ‘heart-sense’? If so, it may be time to reevaluate your work situation. You wouldn’t jump off a bridge if a bunch of people thought it was a good idea, so don’t devote your life to work you don’t love just because others in your life think you should.

Question 2: Do You Believe in Your Abilities?

When you think about your talents and skills, do you believe in them? Maybe you’re an artist, maybe you’re an amazing baker, maybe you have mad skills behind a calculator…. Do you believe you excel at your talents and interests? If you don’t, why not? Believing in your unique contributions to the world is key to finding work that matters to you. Your income can come from your passion when you believe you’re capable of making it happen.

Question 3: Do You Trust the Process?

Do you trust that if you devote your passion to work you love, you can find a path to success? For example, if you want to bake and think about doing so for money, do you find yourself thinking lots of people will want to buy your goodies or do you worry nobody will care? Trusting the process is huge. You can’t succeed if you are focused on what could go wrong. When you are focused on what could go wrong, you are throwing trust and belief in your abilities out the window. Yikes.

Question 4: Are You Creating Value?

One huge part of success is the idea that you are offering real value to the world. When you offer real value, people pay attention (and so does your bank account). Think about your passion. Maybe you rock at standing on your head – ha! But if you stand on your head in your living room, nobody’s going to get anything out of it and you’re not going to earn $. Stand on your head in a busy plaza, provide some entertainment to passerby, and now you’re creating value – plus you’re allowing the opportunity for money to come in. See the difference?

Key Takeaway for Everyone:
Don’t just go with the flow. Believe in yourself. Trust the process. Create real value. Yes, it sounds simple. Why? It kinda sorta is that simple. The thing is, it takes work to do these things. If you really want to earn a living doing what you love, however, you will want to roll up your sleeves and get to work on these principles! Good luck!

Key Takeaway for Real Estate Investors:
Do you find yourself doubting the process? Worrying about every scuff? Do you believe you can be successful in investing? If not, you may want to revisit your approach and find ways to trust and to believe. Don’t forget that when you provide others with a decent place to live, you’re absolutely creating real value – a key component to sustained success!

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