How do I keep my dream alive when it’s not paying the bills?

creativity vs paying the bills

This question was prompted by a very painful note from a Dad, who has a 17 yr-old son who wants to be a writer. So this is especially for all of you artists, musicians, writers, sculptors, comedians, and performers. How do you keep nurturing your dream when you can’t pay the rent and there are no groceries in the refrigerator?

Do you have to choose between nurturing your creativity vs paying the bills?

Episode #651 February 15, 2019

Hi, this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable.  This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die.  Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.


1. I’ve condemned my son to a slow and painful death

2. Should I pursue my dream or just give up and get a job?

3. Are you listening for your music?

4. How can you afford to follow your dream?

5. Here is a 5 step process for change 


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10 Quotes to Keep You Motivated Toward Your Dream

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4 Ways To Make Your Creativity Dream Work and Get Paid For Your Art — From Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

1. Commercial Artist – Sell your art directly to the market

2.  Traditional Patronage – You have a wealthy benefactor

3.  Self Patronage – Find a way to support the work yourself with a job or by teaching your art

4. Poverty

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How to hear your own music and God’s calling

Start with 15 minutes of silence each morning (no TV, email or social media)

Clear extraneous input during the day.

Adjust your reticular activator system for new ideas and insights. Expect and tune in to new ideas.

Listen for God’s voice calling you.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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5 Step Process for Change

Clarify your current situation.

Seek the advice and opinion of other people.

Identify the alternative.

Research and choose the best alternative.


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