Does My Passion Have Value?

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image courtesy of Antonio Carlos Loca… @ flickr.com

The other day I was listening to Dan Miller discuss on his 48 Days podcast a question a listener had. The listener asked Dan, “Do you believe people can find value in any passion?” This question intrigued me and got me to consider my own thoughts and ideas about our passions and the value we get from them. I would encourage you to listen to the podcast to hear Dan and his guest Chris Guillebeau discuss the question. As I listened and pondered the question, ideas came to mind about how our passions truly do have value. I looked deep into the “why” behind each idea.

Passion can provide value in our hobbies and in the work we do. You can have a passion for gardening but not be a professional  landscaper. You can be passionate about serving at the local food pantry or serving meals to the homeless and not be paid. You can a have a passion for counseling people dealing with tragedy and be paid for that. So yes, our passions can be used for monetary gain or have non-monetary value. Both are very important in our lives.

Passion is what adds so much value to life. And if you think about the things that you do, there’s so much juice potential for them if you do it.

– Mario Batali

Passions that we don’t get monetary value from enrich our lives in the following ways:

  • We get to serve others
  • We build friendships in spending time with others
  • We feel refreshed doing what we love
  • We connect with God

Passions that we DO get monetary value from enrich our lives in the following ways:

  • We get to serve others and get paid to do it
  • We build relationships with others
  • We are doing what we love
  • We are serving God by doing what he designed us to do

Did you notice? What we get out of our passions, whether paid service or not, is very similar. The only difference is money.

We should get paid for helping others when we are providing a service. Finding a market for a passion can be difficult. If you do your research and have help, you can find work you love that stems from a passion of yours.

What are your passions? In what ways have you taken your passion to create a career you love? In what ways could you do this?

Why “Work Smarter, Not Harder” Is Terrible Advice

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image courtesy of Ron NTKB @ flick.com

Most of us have heard the advice to “work smarter, not harder.” Well, that’s terrible advice. A “smarter not harder” mindset can cause you to end up with some pretty destructive work habits. If we use our intelligence but don’t put in the work necessary, we won’t accomplish much. It makes us think we have to choose working smart or working hard, but not both. Working smarter and harder is the key to success.

We can choose to work both smart and hard to be successful. We can study our business and read to expand our knowledge. We also have to put in the time to develop our products to help people. We have to clock the hours to continue to expand and develop our craft.

Your smarts will not help you succeed if you don’t put in the hours to develop your business. Many successful CEOs, athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs put in lots of hours to develop their skills to succeed. Many are up early and late to bed.  If you have the drive to succeed, your mindset about your work will be a positive one and much healthier than most people’s.

I worked harder and smarter than most people in the business I have been in.

Mark Cuban – Shark Tank

Don’t listen to those who say you just need to work smarter. Smarts alone will not bring you success. We need to incorporate both smart business tactics and hard work to find the success we are looking for in our careers and in life. The more we study and put in the hours doing the right work, the better we’ll become.