Passion, 18-Hour Days and Lessons from Mister Rogers

“What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, of course, but the main one, I think, is whether we link our wishes to our active work. It may take months or years, but it’s far more likely to happen when we care so much that we’ll work as hard as we can to make it happen.” – Mister Rogers

We all have dreams and goals and things we hope to achieve. If you’re reading this post, chances are good that you have a business that you’re trying to get off the ground, so it’s likely that one of the main questions you ask yourself fairly often is, “How can I make my business a success?”

Getting from Point A to Point B

We may have big ideas and hopes for our businesses, but getting from Point A to Point B is often where we run into trouble. Success, though, comes when we can connect our goals for our businesses to where we are today (and every day) through consistent action, but how can we ensure consistency each and every day?

We have to care about the work we’re doing — really care. If we love our work, we’ll be a lot more willing to stay the course and work as hard as we can (for as long as it takes) to see our vision to reality, and, in fact, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Loving the Work (to the Extreme)

I’m sure you’ve heard of Gary Vaynerchuk. He’s the author of “Crush It!” and the face of Wine Library TV, a daily video blog about wine, which took his family’s business from $4 million to $60 million annually in just a few short years.

I’ve read many times that Gary Vaynerchuk is a workaholic (he might even be a self-proclaimed workaholic). I’ve heard that he works 18-hour days, but no matter what you think about working that much, the real question is, do you love what you do so much that you are willing to put in that kind of time and effort?

From what I’ve seen of Gary Vaynerchuk, he’s one of the most passionate and enthusiastic people one could meet. Personally, I don’t know a lot of people who are all that passionate or enthusiastic about very much of anything (and they generally work far less than 18 hours a day).

Certainly, Gary takes his work to the extreme, but maybe that’s part of the reason he has been so successful. I don’t think very many people ever take anything to an extreme, opting instead to live in the middle and ending up bored to death with it. Passion and enthusiasm, though, can make you want to take your work to the extreme.

Finding Passion

Many of us are not so lucky as to know from an early age what it is that we want to do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find passion just the same, and by finding passion and enthusiasm, we’ll be much more engaged in our work, which will lead to greater contentment and success in our business endeavors (whatever they may be).

So, how do you find passion when your calling is not so obvious?

  • Find a way to serve. Many times (and at probably the most rewarding times), passion comes from helping others. Teaching, sharing and offering support to someone else can bring enthusiasm for finding more and greater ways to be of service.
  • Do what you enjoy. If you love writing, there’s a way to leverage that to help you build a thriving business. The same is true for speaking, entertaining, or meeting people. You can integrate any of these talents and strengths into a tool for building almost any kind of business. You can also leverage things like your love of sports or home-making or technology.
  • Follow your curiosity. Gary Vaynerchuk was curious about wine, so he started exploring that interest and then decided to share his findings with an audience who wanted down-to-earth advice on the topic. If you’re curious about something, leverage that curiosity and see if there might be an audience who is also interested in learning about it.

Finding work that you truly love to do is key to being able to stick with it and put in the time and effort necessary to build a thriving business. If you can find something that ignites passion and enthusiasm within you, you’re much more likely to find true and lasting success.

No matter what your business, how do you make sure you remain excited to show up and build your business day after day?

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