So far, I have talked about the sexiest things in the world: hard work, discipline, and daily practice.
But why bother with all of the hassle and headache? Why light the candle in the first place, much less risk burning out?
There is only one answer:
I don’t mean romantic love, though that might play a part in your journey. I’m talking about the deep, unquenchable desire that makes you want what you want.
The only thing that can get you out of bed and willing to risk “everything” time and again is the deep passion you have for whatever it is you’re doing or want to do.
The truth is that you have to LOVE it. When you love doing something, you’re willing to do it for free and you’re willing to work hard and sacrifice in order to do it. When you want to devote yourself to your craft, you have to love it enough that no matter what bad breaks happen, you won’t quit. Your passion has to be consistent enough that no matter what curveballs life throws at you, you won’t waver or wimp out. It’s the only way to be motivated enough to embrace the grind — and every achievement in life brings with it a grind that has to be embraced and worked through.
If you love the grind and look forward to it, how much can it hurt hurt you or bore you or diminish your desire?
LOVE translates to others as enthusiasm. And enthusiasm is what gets other people excited. Learn how to translate your enthusiasm into communication and before long, if you’re doing something other people find valuable, you’ll have an audience on your hands.
In my own life, it is painting, writing, and designing software that gets me up in the morning. It’s what makes me look in the mirror and think, “Hey, today is going to be a great day. I get to spend a good chunk of it doing what I love.”
Right now, I have a simple mobile game nearing Alpha testing and a social app that’s going to change the world in the outline phase and almost ready to start coding. The game should be done in a few weeks and the first iteration of the app should launch by January. It’s an exciting time for TBE and it wouldn’t exciting if I didn’t love doing what I do.
When you ask yourself “What should I do with my life?”
The answer always lies in “What do you truly LOVE to do?”
What do YOU love to DO?