I was just reading an article today and it had a lot of different tips by entrepreneurs and this showed up at least 3 times in 7 tips.
They say, “do what you love.”
That’s completely wrong.
Especially when we tell that to a person who doesn’t really know what we mean.
Many entrepreneurs assume another person knows exactly what we mean when we say it.
Most people who hear that phrase have objections such as:
“People don’t make money doing what I love”
“People won’t pay me for that”
“It’s not possible”
Basically what happens here is a piece of advice is given that is not able to be understand by the average person who doesn’t read or study methods to do what we love and make money at the same time.
But even then, there are many things we love doing that we are not able to make money with.
It would be crazy to expect to make $1,000,000,000 by just watching TV all day. We might love watching TV but it’s not going to make us successful.
What entrepreneurs do when they truly love what they are doing is they consciously chose to do something and started to love it later.
It also happened to be profitable or someone showed them how to make money doing it.
For example, a lot of people don’t start out loving the new CD of an artist they like.
They listen to it, and it sounds ok, but as they listen to it more and more, they start liking it more and more.
Repetition causes us to view things differently and maybe even love what we are doing.
Many entrepreneurs don’t start out liking marketing. Some absolutely hate it.
But personally, I didn’t know anything about it and I always thought marketing was for scum bags.
Then I discovered all marketing really is when boiled down to an ethical way of doing things is to help people find solutions to their problems.
And now I spend 8 hours a day or longer helping people find solutions to their problems and I LOVE to do this. And I make money at the same time.
Marketing aligned with where I want to be in life which allows me to love it.
I wouldn’t love tricking people or creating marketing for something I don’t find good and ethical (I have turned down many deals worth a lot of money on this basis).
What I’m basically saying is this.
We can become very successful by doing what we love, though usually we have to truly find out what we love to do and many times we have to start loving what we do learn.
That means, sometimes we start doing something we hate or don’t like at all, though doing it over and over again, we start to like what we do and it has a bigger meaning to it for us.
For example, Zig Ziglar talks about in one of his tapes about a positive Doctor.
Zig says we should find a positive doctor who follows his own advice.
Zig had a thin athletic doctor that told Zig he could eat whatever he wanted to eat to lose weight.
He was just going to give Zig a list of what Zig was going to want.
So when someone says, “Do What You Love” sometimes it means to love what you do, then doing what you love becomes true.