Whenever I meet someone successful I always like to dig at the very beginning. I’ve heard plenty of success stories about people taking something small and turning it into something huge. But the piece I’m missing is the one before that.
The very beginning. Where do I start to build something small. I’ll worry about turning it into something big later!
One of my favorite resources to help answer that question is the biography channel. It’s a chance to get a behind the scenes look at some of America’s most successful icons. The best part is the first 15 minutes when they talk about the how it all started.
The starting place is never a “Eureka” moment when they discover an untapped idea that could never fail. They weren’t gifted a secret formula from the heavens. And they were rarely born with a super-human quality that predestined them for unmatched greatness.
More often than not the starting place is passion. Milton Hershey fell in love with candy making as a teenager. Jack Daniels was obsessed with distilling a better whiskey. Beyonce Knowles loved entertaining. Bruce Lee was determined to be in the best shape possible.
Passion is the foundation on which to build success. Whether you choose to be an employee or strike out on your own passion for you work is what separates the truly successful from the just really good. It’s the fuel that will drive you harder than anybody else.
- Working for money is not enough.
- Working to attain a prestigious position is not enough.
- Working to support a lifestyle is not enough.
To truly separate yourself from the pack you’ve must do work you’re passionate about.
- Do your work because you can’t not do it.
- Do your work because the world needs your work.
- Do your work because it’s who you are.
Are you passionate about your work? Do you think it’s possible?