This morning I was listening to Darren Hardy on his Darren Daily and he asks the simple question, “What do you love?”
If you love what you do, you will never see it as work, just life itself. Steve Jobs said “people say you have to have a lot of passion, if you don’t any rational person will give up. If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. You’d give up and no one would blame you.” Everything will have its obstacles but when you push through you will get that feeling of exhilaration and being fulfilled by your work.
My mom was an entrepreneur and her and my father owned a few small shops throughout the course of their 26 year marriage. My first gig was making donuts when I was 5 or 6 years old at their coffee shop “The Coffee Cup,” in Monument, Colorado. After they divorced and mom and I moved to Albuquerque, she continued on with that entrepreneur spirit. She was self-employed until the day she passed away. I often wondered why mom continued down that path. I was there through her struggles, stress and worry. I would go to bed and wake up the next morning and she would still be working hard on a project that was due for someone in a couple of days. She always worked best under pressure. She was the best I’ve ever known and everyone else knew it too. She would have people send her work from Michigan, Arizona and all over the place. She even had a mother from Poland who would save all of her items and bring them to my mom to be fixed when she came to visit her daughter. My mom was global!
She was a rock star to so many. She made wedding dresses, equestrian show shirts, helped with Louie and Lucy Lobo mascots, upholstery…you name it, she did it at one point in her career and she rocked it. Everyone saw the end result, but I saw the daily struggles of her hard work. I often wondered, “Why doesn’t mom just get a stable job at Joann’s, Cloth World, or Hancocks?” When I got brave enough to ask her she very sternly replied, “I don’t want to.” I thought she was just being stubborn. Only now do I fully understand want mom meant.
Passion. She absolutely loved what she did for people. She loved seeing the smiles on their faces and their favorite pieces fitting to perfection for their special event. She helped make women feel beautiful in their clothing.
After mom passed I found myself asking the same question to myself, “I could just stay at Costco, check in, check out and I’m done.” But after the grief and depression subsided (grief never fully goes away) and the more I heard from clients who have never felt better because of their custom exercise and nutrition programs, the more I pressed on. The other day a client was recognized for a Success Spotlight. She is a rock star in the studio and was recognized for her mindset shifts. When I told her the news of her achievement, she gave me a hug, got a bit teary and said she needed this.
You never know the IMPACT you’ll have on someone’s life and that’s what keeps me absolutely in love with what I do.
Having the right attitude to designing your life is key. As Jim Rohn says “if you had enough reasons you could do the most incredible things.”
He goes on to say, “It’s easy to let life deteriorate into making a living instead of designing a life. It’s easy to get trapped by economic necessity, but we all have a choice.”
What are your reasons? Personal, family, benevolence? What has you turned on? What has you turned off?
This doesn’t have to apply to career paths either. Think of these in your health, fitness and nutrition goals. What are your reasons for wanting to achieve your goals? What is your passion?
Think about it and then take ACTION!