Absent energy, there is no movement. I fully believe that the pursuit of your passion provides endless energy. When I teach classes around Success on Your Own Terms, one of the components I discuss is the Passion Point Incubator. It always draws a few chuckles … I get it, it sounds funny. However, an incubator’s job is to protect something that is early in its life and vulnerable until it has grown to a certain state (think eggs on a farm until the chicks hatch).
If you love what you do … take all the shots you can, as often as you can, for as long as you can.
Be a mentor and take someone with you so they can learn real-time. Change the game by using what you have learned to improve things for the next wave of folks coming after you.
If you struggle with identifying your passion, Anderson adds “When you’re more interested in what you’re doing than going out for a drink with friends, you’ve found your bliss.” I would have said it a bit differently, but that works too!
In the sales context or when trying to get a meeting, a “gatekeeper” is the person we view as keeping us from getting target (e.g. executive). However, let’s assume that he/she is operating with positive intent, ensuring the executive is as efficient and effective as possible, managing the calendar to priorities.Your task is simple. You need to convey that you ARE a priority because you will help that executive achieve their goals. Get the gatekeeper to understand and you may be on your way. During my career, I have made friends with many gatekeepers!
I find that keeping score can be easy, particularly if we let others build the scorecard. While defining success is harder it is also one of the most transformative parts of our journey. Don’t gloss over it nor accept contemporary definitions as your own without examination. Give your scorecard development the just time it deserves.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose. – Leo Buscaglia
I firmly believe that we are all born with unique gifts and talents which in turn give rise to our passion. Often, the hard work is digging deep to find, surface, and nurture them. To make a living, you are going to work hard. Consider this … are you lining up your hard work behind your talent?
Full-time, part-time or some time. Make time to pursue your passion.