Passion Is Over-Rated

apesWe talk about it a lot.

Sure, you can take the Meyers-Briggs (or the Dan Miller DISC profile program is EXCELLENT) but you aren’t really going to know until you try something.

I have worked all over the place. I worked at a golf course. I worked construction. I worked for my father in his hardware business. I worked for the newspaper, I worked for an aluminum siding company. I worked in a law office… I did a lot of things.  I have had a lot of life/work experience.

All of these jobs had one thing in common. They weren’t my passion. But each and every one of them helped me to know myself better and decide what I wanted to do.

I hear all the time about finding your passion… and being passionate about your work and being passionate about helping people or animals or whatever. But the bottom line… for me at least, has been that I have to find something that challenges me and something that I can make some money doing. Funny how I get excited and passionate about something when there is money involved.

Now, you may say— wow Rob, that’s not very noble. I guess its not. But it IS what keeps me excited. Helping people and helping animals and all those other things might be a by-product and that’s great— but it’s a “nice to have”… not a “got to have”.

Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories

Think about it. How many people in the world own janitorial companies. Do you really think that they are passionate about cleaning? No. Just couldn’t be. But you know what I bet they are passionate about… making some money and putting food on the table for their family. Gets pretty passionate pretty quick. They are probably passionate about helping customers and building a business and doing the marketing and I don’t know… doing the books, but all that is not the point. Those are “nice to haves”… the “got to have” is the money.

This reminds me of a story that I have about a friend of mine’s mom. We’ll call her Claudine. Claudine has worked in the insurance industry in Mississippi for many years.  She told me one time that she decided on insurance because she “got to work in an office in the air conditioning”. (This is completely reasonable  if you have ever spent a summer in Mississippi). She never said word one to me about her passion of selling insurance. She didn’t have one. But she found something that she liked reasonably well. She found something that she could do reasonably well and she did it for 50 years… as a matter of fact she just retired a couple of years ago and hated retirement, so she went back to work for a software company that sells software packages to insurance companies.

I think that the most tragic thing I hear about is people sitting around waiting for their passion to come to them… or “praying about it”— the most effective thing that you can do to find your passion is to TAKE ACTION!

“I am happy to make money. I want to make more money, make more music, eat Big Macs and drink Budweisers.” – Kid Rock


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