“Follow your passion and success will follow you.”
“If you do what you love and you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
What do the above statements have in common?
They’re all bullshit…(I know, it’s like finding out that the tooth fairy is your mom.)
“Do what you love and the money will follow” is privileged jargon that overlooks the fact that the majority of the world’s population works to put food on the table and a roof over their head, and they’re not looking for emotional or spiritual nirvana.
“Follow your passion and the success will follow” – I don’t know about you but some Hansel and Gretel-like birds must have eaten all the breadcrumbs that were on that Easy Street to success.
And my favorite of all time “If you do what you love and you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life,” I work my ass off…and fortunately I do love what I do…but it didn’t happen overnight…. and I didn’t always love it. (More on that another time)
So a better objective than “follow your passion” is probably along the lines of do something that will highlight your strengths and talents (not the one about holding the worlds record in eating the most grapes in one minute…but marketable strengths and talents), that brings you a reasonable amount of happiness and pleasure, and that earns you a living. (Note to self: that pays the bills, cover your costs, gets you some 401K savings and then some.) This is about having a career that earns you a living – and that part is paramount unless of course buying lottery tickets is your retirement plan.
Newsflash Crackerjack, you don’t get paid for simply doing what you love to do. Actually it’s simple math (and I suck at math) it’s addition and subtraction; you don’t need an excel spreadsheet for this one. You get paid by using a skill you have that adds value (that’s the addition) for someone else – or takes away (hence subtraction) some kind of pain or struggle they have. That’s how business works. No one is going to pay you for pursuing your passion; they are going to pay you if what you have is worth it to them.
Think about it…when it comes to hiring someone are you paying for passion or are you paying for results? I don’t know about you, but I want results. I didn’t’ care if my Breast Surgeon, Oncologist, and Plastic Surgeon were passionate about their work. I cared that they were phenomenal at their job, and I’m 100% cured! I love those results! I wanted an A-Team with a total commitment to achieving results through hard work dedication and brilliance.
Do I have passions…sure do…I am passionate about my wife, my family, learning, my values, travel and I’m skilled at teaching, training, and facilitating. I’m passionate about life and understanding human behavior and why we do what we do. And I am skilled at it – and I know how to build a business around it. The huge bonus is I get to pay the bills while I’m fulfilling some of my passions.
Am I passionate about website copy?….yeah…about as passionate as I am about a root canal. Am I passionate about creating a never-ending stream of new content for workshops and classes?…not so much. But, but, but…I’m good at it and the thought of delivering the content does get me fired up….but passionate about creating it, nah not really. Do I get fired up teaching….hell yeah…do I give it my all…absolutely….why because it is all about the value I bring and yes, I love seeing the results, the ah-ha’s and Godsmacks people get. And I know how to create programs that sustain the business model.
I didn’t grow up saying I’m going to be a high-performance coach and I‘m going to facilitate trainings, but I realized that there are a lot of people out there that are stuck in the sea of mediocrity that want a kick in the ass (yes they want it). I knew I could help (hmmm 25 years in the cops world – yep, there’s the helping thing again!) and at the same time, it is a spectacular way for me to create a business and a life around things that pump me up. People don’t hire me because I am passionate, they hire me because I am damn good at what I do, and they get value out of our work. While they love my passion they don’t hire me only because of it.
So my passions and my skills all take a large amount of work to make it happen. But this business owner thing is not all sunshine and lollipops. The behind the scenes of what goes into creating a hugely successful business are a bit mind-blowing. The effort, the energy, the action – is it a lot (like waking up at 4/am this morning to jump on a plane to go teach today). The reason the money follows is because I am a business owner, I’m completely invested, and that allows me to do my passion along the way.
Ask yourself the following:
Where has the motto: do what you love and the money will follow create disappointment in your life?
In what ways does the motto motivate you to take massive action?
Do you know how to tie what you love, into what you’re good at, and get paid some serious coin?
What are you doing to join your passion with the value you bring in order to have an amazing business?
All my build a business and you can experience passion love –
(Karen Sullivan is a guest blogger and Jenn Barley’s amazing wife. Together Jenn and Karen own www.kickstartyouredge.com)
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