[This is a post by Jimmy Burgess. He was a millionaire by 35, lost it all and ended up in bankruptcy. He bounced back quickly financially, but it was the bounce back that happened physically, relationally and spiritually that led him to write the book What Just Happened? How To Bounce Back In Life So You Can Do More, Have More, and Be More. He now inspires and equips family men to create lifestyle businesses they love. You can connect with Jimmy on Twitter.]
Many times in life we make things more difficult than they really are. We think there is some magic formula that successful people follow. We think success and purpose are only for the chosen few among us. I have found this to be completely false. The difference is whether we believe that each of us has greatness inside us. What do you believe? Do you realize how unique and special you are? Do you realize that the gifts you have would benefit others?
Secret #1: Do What You Love
You will never meet someone great who doesn’t love what they do and have a natural ability in that area. What are you naturally good at that no one ever had to teach you how to do? What are you passionate about? What would you do for free if money wasn’t an issue? Whatever that is for you…Here’s Secret #1… DO THAT! Study whatever that is for you so that you can be great. Work hard at this and you will see greatness appear. The funny thing is that if you do what you love, then it doesn’t even seem like work. You wake up excited to get started and you hate to see the day end because you are having a blast doing what you love. If you aren’t sure how to make a living doing what you love, simply Google, “How to make money doing…….”
I love to inspire others and to speak publicly. I never had stage fright. As a matter of fact, I remember standing on a stage and having one sentence to say at my elementary school play. As I walked off that stage I glanced at the audience and knew I had found my passion. What was it that you loved doing the first time you did it? Do that, and greatness will come.
Secret #2: Avoid Doing What You Hate Doing
What are you doing daily that you hate? What are you doing daily that you know you are not good at doing? Whatever that is for you…Here’s Secret #2…DON’T DO THAT! If you wonder why you are frustrated all the time, it may be because you are doing the complete opposite of what you were gifted to do. You may not be able to leave that job you hate tomorrow. We all have obligations. However, unless you do something different today to build toward change, then your future will be the same as your present. Begin to study what you love. Read about what you love. Gain the skills in the area that you love and a time will come when you can transition into the life you dream of having.
Quit Following the Crowd
Most people follow the crowd. They take a job everybody thinks they should take. They work forty years without any passion for their work and then they die. You know in your heart that there is more to life than just existing. In order to be great and to leave a legacy that you are proud to leave, you must pursue your passion. You must do what you were created to do. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. Will it be worth it? Absolutely!
Questions: What type of work do you love to do? How can you begin to move into those areas?