You Need To Know How To Follow The Heart

How to follow the heart? The heart know your goal in the distance. Listen to it.
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Follow your heart and change your life for the better”. Well, that is an old good advice that I believe still apply now. That is a basic advice for those who want to succeed in their lives. It is, therefore, important to learn how to follow the heart.

You may ask me whether it is true or not. Some people around me ‘look’ wealthy and rich with their current job, or they are fortunate enough to be born in a rich family. If you want to look into them carefully, not all of them truly feel that they have achieved a success. It is not because they are hunger for more money, but simply because they don’t really feel working with something they really like to do.

Success can’t be defined simply with the amount of money you have in your bank account. Success is related heavily with your life achievement. Is your life achievement simply of having million bucks, collecting luxurious cars, and owning five apartments in the city?

Follow your heart, and it will lead for your success eventually. Financial goal will be side effect of non-financial goal

Well, I believe it may be part of the “after-effect” from your life achievement. Whether you are satisfied or not with your current condition, working hard to reach your life goal is what makes us truly alive. Sometimes, this can be done by changing your current job, business, or whatever you do to make a living.

But I am Afraid That I will Fail…

Yes and no. I have some experience about changing my job several times until it became closely related to what I really want to do in my life. It is not easy, because you may need to go against your family, friend, or beloved one’s way of thinking to become a success.

I recommend you to read my article about mindsets that can make any personal development fails. It includes some suggestions to counter the mindsets, and will work great if you have a fear of failing your personal development.

Since this website is all about inspiration, I took some of my time researching famous people that having careers switch and succeed with it. The key to success here is how they choose to follow their heart, instead of stick with the old career.

1. Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli, former lawyer and currently famous tenor with poor eyesight

He was an Italian classical tenor and raised to love music. He took piano lessons when he was six, and later on learned to play drums, guitar, harp, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, and flute. He spent time singing too.

He attended law school. At night, he went to a piano bar to perform and make some money. He graduated from law school at 30 years of age and spent one year as a lawyer.

He then gave it up to engage in music full time, because he actually loves music.

He was 34 when he got his break. Zucchero, an Italian rock star, organized auditions for tenors to create a demo tape of the song Miserere from his Miserere album, to send out to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Right after listening to Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti told Zucchero to work with Bocelli rather than him. Zucchero finally asked that Pavarotti recorded the song with Andrea and it was a hit throughout Europe.

Even until now, Andrea Bocelli is still a successful tenor and songwriter. For an additional note, he has a poor eyesight and his life journey proves that his disabilities didn’t hinder him from being successful. For other inspiration about successful disabilities people, please read this article.

2. Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, former stockbroker and currently success in cooking business

Martha Stewart was a stockbroker. She and her husband purchased and started reconstruction on an 1805 farm house in her 30s. That was where her love of decorating and  restoring became evident.

She quit being a stockbroker and began a catering business with a friend in her basement. That ultimately triggered her to create cookbooks, which resulted in decorating suggestions and appearances on Oprah.

In 1997, with her business partner, she eventually able to secure funding for purchasing the various television, print, and merchandising venture related to her brand. This led to the founding of her company, the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and later went public. She became a billionaire since then.

3. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford, former carpenter and currently successful Hollywood actor

He was once yet another struggling actor. He got small roles but not sufficient to care for his wife and a couple of kids. He then became a self-educated carpenter in his 30s. He never let go his goal of becoming an actor but becoming a carpenter generated income so he would not need to take lousy roles.

Later, He played a role of a supporter in George Lucas’ American Graffiti at 29. He got the part when George hired him to build his house cabinets. At 35 he had his big break. He played Hans Solo in Star Wars, produced by the exact same George Lucas.

He had switched his profession from a carpenter to a full-time actor ever since, and become successful with his acting career.

4. Julia Child

Julia Child, former spy agent and later finding passion in cooking

Right after college, she took a job as a copywriter, composing for local publications, as well as in advertising till she was 29.

She then assisted the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), a United States intelligence agency established throughout Second World War. It was the predecessor of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). She worked with plenty of highly classified information.

Right after the war and at 36 years of age, she and her husband relocated to Paris. She was introduced to fine cuisine. This was where she went to the renowned Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and learned with many other master chefs.

That started her passion for food and she spent the remainder of her life sharing it with viewers in the USA as a popular author and television personality. Her successful Television shows include ‘The French Chef’ and ‘Baking with Julia’.

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former politician and currently actor

Arnold was born near Graz, Austria, on July 30, 1947. He became famous as being the world’s best bodybuilder. He had won an unparalleled 5 Mr. Universe titles and 6 Mr. Olympia crowns throughout his bodybuilding career. He immigrated to America in 1968.

Arnold was a natural for action movies. He was a leading figure in quite a few popular 1980s action films, such as Conan the Barbarian (1982). He starred in The Terminator (1984) as a lethal machine from the future. The science-fiction episode created 2 sequels, namely Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

In 2003, he went into politics and became governor of California. He very easily won his bid for re-election in 2006 and completed his term as 38th governor of California at 2011.

He went back to his acting career, where his passion belonged, in 2012. He starred with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme in the film The Expendables 2.  His latest films are The Expendables 3 (2014) and Terminator Genisys (2015). He will appear again at the next sequel of The Expendables movie series, The Expendables 4 (2017).

Have They Taught Us about How to Follow the Heart to Become Successful in Life?

You can also be successful in doing things that you like, similar to those people. They change their career in the life to follow what their heart and become highly successful. Doing what your heart want to do will make you able to resist all the hardship you meet in the road to success.

How to follow the heart? The heart know your goal in the distance. Listen to it.

If you feel that they have taught us about how to follow the heart and it can change your life for the better, let’s start thinking what you really want to do in your life. Please give yourself some time to think if you haven’t able to find what you really want to do and how to make a living with it. You can read this article to find out about it. Any food for thought is welcome :)

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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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  1. marquis

    I’m glad I ran into this article been feeling a little lost in what I should be doing but from reading your article and you talking about the people who were born rich feeling empty because they didn’t really achieve anything made me come to realize the stuff that i’m already doing for free is what I want to do so thank you for that :) once again great article.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Thank you Marquis. Glad to hear that you’ve at least inspired from the article :)

  2. Neil

    I am a huge fan when it comes to anything motivational and inspirational :)

    I do believe that we must truly follow our heart if we want succeess in anything we do, and I also consider success as a journey instead of a destination.

    WOW! These are some great success stories you have shared on famous people. Each and every one of them will tell you that it wasn’t easy and they failed at some point.

    But it’s the failures and the set backs that lead to success if people keep picking themselves up and pushing forwards.

    Thanks for the inspiring article.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Neil, yep I’m agree with you. Following our own heart is the key to achieve happiness and success. Failures are stepping stones to success and a very good “teacher” for it. You’re very welcomed :)

  3. Wusiman

    Hi Alexander,

    I was blown away first by the domain name iszerotohero. Then, By the 2 most powerful words that I myself have strong affection for, motivation and inspiration. I was so drowned in your site’s pages one after another

    Then, I found that you had everything covered, from great inspirational quotes and ideas to books, music and even movies. Despite the article, you reallly inspired me to follow my heart to make my own website a lot more differently. Thank you so much !!!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Wusiman, thanks for your compliment and I glad you are inspired to follow your heart (although it is because of the website design) :) Good luck with your website and keep following your heart.

  4. Raquel

    Thanks for this dose of inspiration. You’re right, we have our own measures of success. And that will naturally be different for each person. We may also be doing something we have been used to, as it could be where we feel comfortable. However, I know of people who went beyond that comfort zone, are following their heart and passion, and they could not be happier. I am also trying to do the same – and its a learning process. :)

    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Yep, it will be naturally different for each person. Following our heart, and not other’s saying, is the most important thing to have a control to your own life. It is better to fail because of our own decision rather than other person’s decision, because we can learn from it and develop a plan to rise again while avoiding the same mistake.

  5. Deb

    Thanks for my morning dose of inspiration and motivation. Taking a big step towards our dreams is so important, even, as you say, if we have to face the possibility of failure. What’s the old saying,”It is much better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all”.


    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Deb, I agree with you. If we know our passion and didn’t chase it, we will be dissapointed in the end because we never try to follow it. Thanks for the sharing :)

  6. JeffWA

    Hi Ferdinand,

    That was a very interesting article that you wrote about the need to follow your own course, never give up and learn often through the trials of life on how to not only become successful in your life, but happy at the same time.

    With your mentioning a handful of famous people who all had to go through the trials and tribulations before they achieved success I did not know about Martha Stewart previously working as a stockbroker and Harrison Ford a carpenter -(the latter in desperate need of money) before they switched occupations which enabled them to find success. I did know about Arnold Schzwaggner and his being an Olympic body-builder before his career as an actor and also governor of CA.

    Your article would be inspiration to those readers who might be on the verge of giving up. They should never do this but instead take a positive attitude which in the end might change their course in life!


    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hello Jeff :) Thanks for finding it interesting. Prior to writing this article, I also never heard Marta Stewart, and didn’t know that Harrison Ford was a carpenter too. I like to share useful information so the readers can get an inspiration to not giving up and chase their passion. This is what make us truly alive, so don’t be afraid if you really need to change your career or business. :)


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