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Every Job Has One Thing in Common, Work.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

We’ve all heard that saying or something similar repeated to us as we were selecting our career paths. We’ve been encouraged to follow our dreams, to find the thing that makes us so satisfied, that it won’t ever feel like work. Our culture has joyfully embraced the idea that a job is synonymous with a passion.

But that’s not true.

Being passionate about what you do is hugely important, but every job still has one thing in common – work. We’ve all watched people move from job to job or industry to industry in search of a fleeting passion, when in reality, they’re just in search of a job that doesn’t require effort.

Whether it’s a get-rich-quick scheme or simply another childhood aspiration to check off the list, there’s a reason that these narratives rarely play out in the way we’ve envisioned. They’re missing one fundamental ingredient. Sweat equity.

People often find something that they enjoy as a hobby and then attempt to monetize it. Can that be successful? Absolutely. But, they’re turning that pastime into a job, and most likely it was gratifying as a hobby because it was stress-free. So, while they’re monetizing “what they love,” they suddenly have new responsibilities and it’s no longer quite as thrilling.

So instead of chasing a dream that only sounds perfect because no work has been done, consider living your reality. One can dream for years without actualizing anything.

It can be an attractive idea or cop out more accurately, to go from pipedream to pipedream in search of the thing that lights your passion, but eventually everyone has to come to the reality that any worth-while job or goal requires work.

One cup of uncomfortable please!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

In order to achieve the success you want, it doesn’t matter how hardworking you are or how smart, it’s how willing you are to think and act outside your comfort zone. Individuals like Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO and cofounder, and Evan Spiegel, creator of Snapchat, pioneered new advances in technology by deserting their comfort zones confident that their ideas were worth the risk.

One entrepreneur, who challenged herself to leave her comfort zone, is actress Jessica Alba. In 2008 Alba was inspired by the birth of her first child, Honor, as well as her own history of childhood illnesses to create Honest, a brand of natural baby products. Alba’s leap from actress to entrepreneur was not an easy one. In a recent interview with Forbes Magazine, Alba discusses how it took some time for her to feel comfortable identifying as an entrepreneur rather than an actress.

Jessica also mentions that it wasn’t an easy road to becoming the entrepreneur of a successful company. In the first five weeks, the company shipped it’s signature diapers and baby wipes to customers without charging any credit cards – realizing a significant loss of revenue. Jessica also had to deal with a constant battle of people’s misconceptions. “People just saw me as this girl in a bikini in movies kicking butt,” she said.

After three and a half years of condescending nods and ‘good lucks,’ The Honest Company went from zero revenue to $10 million in annual revenue in 2012, to an estimated $250 million in 2015.

To grow and evolve, we must be willing to stop playing it safe. If you are constantly doing the same things day in and day out, you will receive the same results. Now some may say, the results are good so why would I change? But who wants to settle for good when the results can be great.

In our ever changing and competitive world, there is little to no security in remaining in your comfort zone. Being willing to part with familiarity and accept the discomfort that comes outside your comfort zone is key for a life full of meaning, passion and purpose.

 

Ann Keeling says:

Believe in yourself, always and in all ways. Confidence grows from healthy self esteem. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and people who are smarter than you – these are the people who can help inspire you and help provide support you may need to bring a good idea to life.

Knowing How and When to Summon the Power of Passion

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

In the U.S., we believe that with enough grit, determination and, most of all, passion, our wildest dreams can become a reality.

According to a study by Inc. and the National Business Incubator Association, 80% of new businesses fail within the first five years. Why do businesses with all the right ingredients ‘ talented people, brilliant ideas and genuine passion ‘ crash and burn?

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