How I raised PHP 173,500 in 3 months: Funding your Passion Project

“I want to ______ but I don’t have money.”

I’m not exaggerating, but when I sent out an e-mail to my readers asking about their biggest struggle in going after their Big Goals — MORE THAN FIFTY of you ladies e-mailed me that statement above, in some form or the other:

“I don’t have money, so I can’t travel.”
“I don’t have money, so I can’t pursue my dream business.”
“I don’t have money, so I can’t leave this soul-sucking job.”

I don’t know about you, but all those statements sound like you’re letting yourself be ruled by money.

You’re letting the lack of money — dictate what you can and can’t do. That’s money slavery right there. And the bad thing about this is: The more often you say it, the more you believe it. It becomes your Life Mantra. Do any of the statements above sound like a good Life Mantra?

… I didn’t think so.

Here’s the thing: I used to SUCK at earning money.

All my older mentors & business friends would tell me that this was my biggest weakness, and I have to step up.

See, I came from an NGO & social development background. I wanted to do good in the world. Unfortunately, the prevailing mindset is: If you want to do good in the world, you CAN’T earn a lot from it.

So I really really really sucked at earning money in the first 4 years of working. I pursued (and completed!) a lot of very successful passion projects, spoke in huge conferences, got featured in major publications, but — behind the scenes, I wasn’t earning from them. (In fact, I was losing money from doing most of these projects).

I did a lot of that stuff for free, or almost free, largely because I felt guilty about charging. I gave extremely valuable help, my skills, and my time to a person or group, but wouldn’t charge them because I felt awkward and guilty. Whatever skills I had, I felt insecure about monetizing them.

The gap between purpose and action

I wonder: They say that millennials are always seeking purpose… but how many people go from surface-level “seeking”, to concretely helping solve problems that matter? I want to share with you a quote, perhaps one of my favorite quotes EVER…

3 ways I’ve incorporated self-care into my work routines without sacrificing productivity

Last week, I was in Siargao (with Jodit, my school manager at The Purposeful Creative) — and we were chilling by the beach, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and sleeping for more than 8 hours a day.  That even excluded naps.

And for the first time ever, I traveled without a laptop AND I did not check my email at all. *cue email blasphemy bells*

It was heaven in so many ways. The break reminded me of how important replenishing our body, mind, and soul really is — so that we may continue doing great work, the best way we can.

Read on below for some photos from our trip, and 3 things I’ve done to incorporate self-care in my daily routines, without sacrificing productivity or results.

A 3-Step Test: Should You Pursue Your Passion?

“I want to know, is “pursuing your passion” for everyone? How do I know if I can turn my passion into something that can sustain me long-term?”

Today’s Tribe Thursdays is inspired a letter I received from a reader a few months back. She writes:

Dear Arriane,

I see so many people turning their passion and purpose into a side-hustle (or raket), or a business, and some even quit their jobs to pursue that business full-time. I want to know, is “pursuing your passion” for everyone? How do I know if I can turn my passion (which is painting & illustration, btw) into something that can sustain me long-term — and this is not just a fleeting hobby? What sign posts do I look for?

– Gabby

Gabby (and YOU, whoever you are reading this), let me ask YOU a question first:
How badly do you want it?