063: Get Paid to Pursue Your Passion in 48 Hours or Less [Podcast]

When you see other people chasing a dream, it’s natural to think they had it easy from the start. You imagine they were born with a camera, football, or typewriter in their crib. But reality tells us a different story.


Every day, you get in your car and drive to work, school, or a coffee shop without thinking about it. But do you remember the first time you got behind the wheel? The anxiety, the sweaty palms, the whiplash?

Just like no one sits in the driver’s seat for the first time and instantly maneuvers like Dale Earnhardt, no one begins pursuing a passion and becomes a legend out the gate. It takes practice.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy and I talk about how easy it is to forget the stress of starting and an experiment I did to launch a new idea in 48 hours. Listen in as we discuss practical steps to take a dream and go pro using the resources you didn’t realize you had.

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You can do more than you think is possible

The human condition encourages us to pursue safety. To find security in what we know already works and avoid anything that might embarrass us. Steven Pressfield calls this “Resistance.”

The excitement of an idea is quickly faced with excuses about why it won’t work. We become paralyzed by doubt, afraid to try new things. Resistance stops us from starting.

After hearing my story about quitting my job, writing four books, and becoming an entrepreneur most people say, “It’s great for you, but I could never do that.” The truth is while starting is stressful, it’s not as hard as we make it out to be.

To prove this, a friend challenged me to take an idea and launch it within 48 hours. There were only three rules:

  1. My existing email list and social accounts were off limits.
  2. Someone had to purchase something from me.
  3. The budget was meager ($20).

Keeping to these three rules, I accomplished the goal (while helping my wife potty-train our son). Some readers even joined in and launched their own 48-hour projects. And we all learned the same lesson: Starting, even starting over, is scary. But you can do it.

You think you don’t have the resources, but you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.

Show highlights

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Common excuses people use for waiting
  • Why pursuing a passion is like potty training a toddler
  • The step-by-step process I used to launch an experiment
  • Tips on roasting coffee at home
  • How to start a new project from scratch
  • What to do if you have a small budget
  • Examples of regular people who launched something new in 48 hours and got paid
  • How chasing a dream affects your friends
  • The slowest way to add people to your email list that still works

Quotes and Takeaways

  • Starting is scarier in your head than in reality.
  • You learn by doing.
  • Upset the comfortable.
  • You can stretch yourself without quitting your job or risking bankruptcy.
  • You can do more than you think. You just need to get started.
  • You have more resources available to you than you realize.


Are you in? What are you going to launch or create in the next 48 hours? Share in the comments

10 thoughts on “063: Get Paid to Pursue Your Passion in 48 Hours or Less [Podcast]

  1. Fantastic podcast.

    I have a ton of little dreams and ideas like this, and i’ve tucked most of them away. I guess it’s time to break them out and take them for a spin 🙂

    Thanks, Jeff.

  2. After listening to this I was absolutely inspired to find a way to offer my readers something they would love. Following your lead, I checked my email in the last 6 months and within 2 hours had a partner on board who wanted to donate goodies. To most people that would be a small win, but to me, changing my way of thinking on this is huge! You were right – I knew more people than I thought and had opportunity at my fingertips. Just had to use it.

  3. Really useful and inspiring tips that are worth following so I can strongly recommend this for listening to for the beginning entrepreneurs and other people who are ready to work for their own future to be bright. Working as a writer on http://www.trustmypaper.com I try to combine this with starting my own business aside and Jeff’s advice helped me to understand my mistakes. Thank you Jeff!

  4. Jeff- your coffee experiment is proof that we should not be afraid to experiment. When I first started blogging I worried that everything had to be perfect. But it doesn’t. Done often trumps perfect, and you can always tweak things as you go!

  5. Jeff Goins you rock my world. Because of your blog I started writing and published as an independent publish. However m still waiting to reap the rewards. My books can be seen at amazon.com/author/samuelchauke

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