Ask the Reader: What’s the Biggest Challenge or Fear Keeping You From Doing Work You Love?

Written by Scott August 24, 2011

voice of the customer

“Above all else, listen to your audience, understand their fears, solve their problems. Do this and the rest will sort itself out…”

-Anonymous

Welcome to the first edition of Ask The Reader. Your chance to speak up and add direct value to what we’re building at Live Your Legend, and get specific help on your biggest challenges in finding work you Love.

So here’s the questions (pick one and please answer it in the comments):

1. What’s the biggest challenge or fear keeping you from doing work you love?

or

2. If you’re already doing work you love, what was the one event or realization that made it possible?

**Important Note: Feel free to stop reading right now and go directly to the comments section below to answer one of the above. I will feature the most useful, in-depth answer in our next Ask the Reader post, along with a link to your site!

If you’re not usually one to comment, I urge you, if you only comment on one post, this is the one. Even if it’s only a sentence or two, and feel free to leave it under a fake name if you must. It will dramatically help all of us. 

Whether you buy things offered on Live Your Legend, hire me as a coach or just check out all the free stuff I put up each week (which is totally fine), in one way or another you’re the customer here. I built this site to help you all do work that matters. That’s the purpose.

While the goal here is clear, there are a million and one ways to tackle it.

Everything I write comes from one of the following: An experience I’ve had or something I’ve heard from a friend, coaching client or reader. Almost everything on this site came from you guys in one way or another. You are Live Your Legend. Thanks for that ;).

Ask the Reader benefits the community here it two major ways. 

1. It allows me to better help you with the things causing you the most pain.

2. It gives all of you, the community, the chance to contribute your own experiences and advice to help people who are not as far along the path as you are. As it turns out a lot of you are already Living Your Legend doing work that fires you up. You are bigger experts than you think. We want your help.

The more I can understand your biggest challenges, most difficult decisions and major road blocks that keep you from the work you love, the better I can cater to it. In the coming months I’ll be writing books, workbooks and articles as well as interviewing all kinds of folks on the topics that you all as readers most want help with.

Every month or two I’ll be doing these Ask the Reader posts. While most articles I publish on Live Your Legend involve a lot of writing on my part, today it’s your turn. You get to add all the value. After all it’s all of you who make this site what it is.

This is your chance to tell me what you most need help with so that I can put my head down in the coming weeks and months and provide it.

A perfect example of this is a great comment I got from one of my readers, Mike, last week saying the following:

“My chosen route was to set-up an on-line business in parallel to working full time. That started a year ago and it’s taking longer than I had hoped. I find the venture and work both tend to suffer unless I only spend my time working. So I’d love to see a post (or some thoughts from readers) on a set of transitionary options to get where you need to be, when jumping ship isn’t practical.”

Awesome question Mike – thanks again for digging in with this! It turns out a lot of folks I talk to are dealing with this same issue and you can be sure to see a post on this in the near future.

Remember, this site is nothing without you all. It seriously would not exist. Because of you, I get to spend my time helping you all find and do work that excites you. How freakin’ cool is that? It doesn’t get much better.

This is your chance to make my work here even more helpful.

Again, here are your questions:

1. What’s the biggest challenge or fear keeping you from doing work you love?

or

2. If you’re already doing work you love, what was the one event or realization that made it possible?

***In case you missed it above, I will feature the most useful, in-depth answer in our next Ask the Reader post, along with a link to your work!

To get things rolling, here’s my answer:

In the past, my biggest challenge in making the transition was finding the time to fit everything in I felt I needed to do in order to make the change. Also, the fear of failure and not being able to make ends meet financially held me back for a while. It wasn’t until I fully realized my true worst case scenario and found the right models, that I realized how much more was possible.

My guess is some of you share the same.

We’re human. It’s time to be a little vulnerable and let the world know how we can help.

Now it’s your turn.

Please tell us your answer in the comments below (if you’re reading this in email, visit the comments now). Leave just a sentence and use a fake name if you must.

Life is not meant to be passive. All that matters is you contribute.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, and feature some of you in upcoming posts!

So… what’s the biggest challenge or fear keeping you from doing work you love?

We’re all ears.

photo courtesy of Shandi-lee

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