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.
Your personal passion is your most valuable asset.
Not your house. Not your car. Not the suits in your closet or the jewelry around your neck.
But your passion. What you love.
And that wild, crazy, unclear-to-everyone-but-unquestionable-to-you belief in the power of that passion. And that undying internal drive you have to work your freaking ass off to somehow, some way, WILL it into existence…
To manifest it from your mind and share it from your soul… That decision to give in to yourself so you can gift it to the world.
That one thing. That one feeling. That one purpose. That passion… If you decide to unleash it.
No bullshit, no shortcuts, no excuses. No “next times”, “next years” or “not yets.”
Then I promise you. I promise you… You can do ANYTHING.
Probably one of the most unheralded, underrated elements of success. Few people have the determination – and discipline – to lock their eyes on their prize, and stay relentlessly fixated on it, no matter what noise and distractions come their way.
No matter how many shiny objects dance on their periphery.
No matter what mirage or treasure or temptations whisper from beside and behind them.
The ability to stare straight at your vision, and work towards what you see… that’s powerful.
It doesn’t mean you won’t change course, because you’ll have to, dozens of times.
It just means you know where you’re headed, and you’re willing to aim every bit of your energy in that direction.
I don’t believe in being “realistic.”
Realistic is just a limit we allow others to place on our own dreams.
It’s someone else’s boundary.
It’s another person’s fears and experiences and insecurities, spoken as an absolute truth.
But your truth is what you define it to be.
Your path is what you decide it to be.
And if you have the belief, the passion and the work ethic, you can create anything…
But first, you have to stop being realistic.