If you hate your job, leave it.
If you have a vision, believe in it.
If you have an idea, start building it.
Don’t waste time waiting and wishing and wondering.
The first step is the hardest. Take it.
And then, no matter how many times that unknown road smacks you in the face, keep going…
You’ll be amazed at where you end up.
Step outside your safe circle, and everything changes.
Parts of the view appear the same, but your entire perspective is rearranged.
Your priorities shift as you step and search and seek. All the angles and issues and opportunities and feelings instantly evolve.
When you take action that is uncomfortable and unconventional and scary, you lose the security of familiar footing.
But you feel the freedom of untouched air. And that is the only way you can fly…
Make your move.
I don’t believe in the whole “work smarter, not harder” concept.
The two are not mutually exclusive.
You damn sure should work smartly – begin with the end in mind, have clear success measures, and an even clearer strategy.
But then, work your ass off.
If you don’t love it, keep grinding until you discover something you do.
Opportunities don’t just come, you have to create them.
And the single biggest way to do that is by working really, really hard.
After a lifetime of personal experience, 15 years of corporate and startup experience, and four solid years helping people learn everything from surfing and pottery to financial planning and dental assisting, I’ve found three factors to be the most important to success and fulfillment in your career:
1. Passion: You gotta genuinely love what you do.
2. Skills: Passion alone is powerful, but it isn’t enough. Specialized training on the specific, practical skills that you need on the job is critical. Sounds basic but I’m constantly blown away by how many people are working jobs they aren’t properly trained for (and yes, even/especially those with college degrees).
3. Mentorship: You need to be surrounded by leaders and experts who genuinely care about you, your company and the mission you’re on together.
Passion, Skills and Mentorship.
If you have those three things, you will do great work. And you’ll have a blast doing it.
Company leaders, please do your best to not only hire folks who already possess this triumvirate, but help your current employees get there as well. You can’t teach passion, but you can definitely help with skills and mentorship. It will not only drive your bottom line, but it will elevate your company culture and enhance your customer experience.
Grateful as always for the highs, lows and all the spaces and places in between.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that you just gotta keep going.
Keep moving, keep working, keep believing.
Don’t stop, don’t listen.
Follow your vision off a cliff and hit the ground running.
The journey is the gift and the process is the prize. Your passion is the fuel.
And when you learn to willingly and willfully give more than you get, then you are truly grateful; then you are truly happy.
So keep going. It’s a lifestyle, not a destination.