It amazes my how many people I meet who hate what they do for a living.
LOATHE getting up and going to work in the morning. Feel a constant daily diet of despair, misery and foreboding.
I really don’t get it.
And if you have any awareness of the internet marketing space – equally as confounding are all of these people who spend their days online, with a lusty but ill fated and chaotically conceived idea of how they are going to ride the next wave into the warm waters of the next big thing – washing away a lifetime of frustration and failure – buying into more false prophets and empty promises… finally finding themselves in a constant and never ending cycle of being broke, bitter yet strangely hopeful that the next big payday is only one e-book away.
The information superhighway is most definitely littered with the broken spirits of a generation of would be entrepreneurs.
And it kills me to see. I have fought the same fight – been in those same trenches and dreamed the same desperate dreams. Because as Glen Frey once said – the lure of easy money has a very strong appeal.
But in a very uncertain world, I know only a few things for sure – and the following statement is one of them:
To truly be successful – to build a business that endures, that preservers, that survives,thrives and evolves into a lifetime measured by success and happiness – you need three simple things:
Passion, Purpose and Profit.
That’s it. No more, no less. And if you capture the first two, almost always – the third, while seemingly the most elusive, is by far the easiest one to achieve.:-)
1) Very Simply: What are you passionate about? What do you love, what drives you, moves you, inspires and excites your senses? What fuels a fire in your belly that cries out to be quenched? What would you do for free, for nothing – purely out of the simple joy and reward of being able to do it everyday? Figure it out and write it down. And don’t tell me ( or anyone else) that it isn’t within you, because it is. Passion is hard wired into our bodies, our brains – and sort of pushing out from behind the fog to figure out what it is for you is what separates those who live memorable lives from the rest of us that don’t.
2) Now. What about your Purpose? Why are you here? What do you believe? How does living your Passion best manifest to serve the greatest good? Ultimately all great Men, Women, Leaders and Entrepreneurs have repeatedly proven throughout the hallways of history that greatness is only afforded to those that serve something higher and bigger than themselves. We know this to be true – if Martin Luther King was passionate about religion – or civil rights – but kept this passion quietly to himself while living it with joy – guess what? A generation of Americans would have suffered another decade or two of subjugation and suffering. Incorporating what you love into a sense of commitment, freedom and focus is the ultimate in achievement in my opinion – both as individuals and society as a whole.
3) How can you Profit? How can you take what you love to do, what feels good and natural and effortless, and weave it into an impeccable purpose – embodying the spirit of growth and contribution to your niche, your community or your marketplace? How can you profit from this commitment – financially – so that you are best able to affect the greatest possible change in your life, the lives of those you love and broader world around you?
And if you find the first two – I promise, you will smoothly segue into the third point with ease and grace.
Lastly – stop looking for the shortcuts. For the next big thing. Because they aren’t there. Really – they’re not. There are techniques – skills you can master to help you get there – but ultimately, the only way you will live the life you imagine right now – the one that exists only in your minds eye – is to seize these three simple but trans formative meditations for meaning – and I promise, the results you will achieve will surpass any ordinary ideas of what you may think your future may hold.
I know they did for me..:-)