The Passion of the Spillly
I recently re-watched this video of Larry Smith explaining why he thinks the bulk of us will fail to have great, or even good, careers. The bulk of his argument is based on “us” making excuses for not finding our “passion” or even worse, finding our passions and being afraid to action them out.
For 17 years I ran a business I was not even remotely passionate about. I spend countless hours looking for hobbies & travels to keep me entertained and enthused. I was young when I started working in the business and over the years I made every excuse in the book as to why I couldn’t leave the business, why it was so good to me and what it gave me and my lifestyle. It was mostly the money and “free time” that I clung to, but by the time it was too late and I hated what I was doing, the business was in trouble.
In the past year I have dabbled in several business’ looking for a “good stable” business to get involved in. Don’t get me wrong, I love business and “doing” business, but I have yet to find the business that I am passionate about. My vision in my 20’s is vastly different from what it is today and the age of 38. In my twenties, I was ticking boxes of what I though I was meant to achieve & I failed to recognise opportunities that were not money making but soul enriching. I don’t want to make that mistake again.
We all have heard the story of the Lawyer who decided to study medicine at the age of 40 or the Doctor who became an artist late in life. Its not a mid-life crisis, its a clarity of vision. I have been suppressing the urge to look outside the social norms of what a good job is and what job satisfaction is. I want to love what I do. I want to make a difference, a difference to MY life. Maybe I may not know what happiness looks like in a work environment, but I know what happiness feels like and I want more of that, more of the time. Its not about the money, Its not about the money, BUT If I won the lottery, what would I do with my time? That answer, is what I should be looking to do now as a career.
Passion is knowing what you want and never stopping to succeed at it, which I believe will lead to happiness. I need to stop thinking with my mind and start using my heart for some direction.