Being passionate about doing anything is what gets results
I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read that talk about finding your passion. There are even more quotes and sayings that discuss how you cannot fully be happy in your work until you are doing something you are passionate about. I’m here to tell you that this is all bull. Don’t get me wrong, doing something for a living and making money at something you like is a wonderful thing. But if trying to find what you’re passionate about prohibits you from accomplishing things in life, then you’re truly wasting your time.
I cannot tell you how many times I prevented myself from doing anything because I said to myself “well, I’m not passionate about it so why bother?” Here’s the thing. I don’t have the numbers but I’m 99% positive a very very small percentage of people out there make a living doing something they love. Often times those that do make a living doing something they love make many sacrifices to do so. Some take less money. Some travel away from their families. And some wind up living in lifestyles that make their lives much more difficult than they anticipated. And let’s not forget about the people who were doing what they thought was their passion and somewhere along the lines they lost said passion for it. What about that crowd?
For all you aspiring entrepreneurs out there, let me set the record straight. Finding your passion is a great thing. But occupying your time obsessing about doing what your passionate about will get you nowhere.
In fact often times it leads to excuses in one’s life for NOT doing anything. I’ve spent hours upon hours agonizing about the whole “what’s the purpose in my life?” conundrum. And after contemplation I realize those hours were all entirely wasted. I could have been doing something. But instead I was obsessing on finding the right thing. You know what that is? It’s external. It’s saying “if I find this, then I have meaning and everything is fine.” I say blah to that.
Not to get too philosophical on you here but if you truly want to find your passion then it starts from the inside. It begins from knowing you have what it takes to do anything let alone what you’re passionate about. You need to prove to yourself that you’re capable of completing tasks, whatever they may be. It’s only through action, will, and accomplishing what you set out to that you will start becoming successful. And it is only through acting that you will open new doors to passions you may not have discovered otherwise. I’ll take a person who knows how to get the job done and has a constant hunger for more than one who suffers from inertia and can’t take action because they think they’re only allowed to when it’s about something they have a “passion” for.
How about being passionate about yourself? You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when that’s working for you.
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