Do What You Love . . . And Love What You Do!

September 6, 2005

Do What You Love . . . And Love What You Do!

Not necessarily. That’s why most people go to work each day – to make as much money as they can so that one day they can retire comfortably. Some hope to get there faster, – so they play the lottery or “invest” in the Casino. Others get caught up in some get-rich-quick scheme only to get their fingers burnt.

Others build their wealth through real estate, shares or achieve success in some form of business. The underlying assumption is always the same: first make some money and then you’ll be able to do what you really love – then you’ll be able to pursue your passion.

To make all the money we want we are told to set goals, to make them specific, to write them down and to visualise ourselves as having achieved them. It all sounds fairly straight forward doesn’t it?

So, if that’s the case, why aren’t more people financially independent? Is it because so few people set financial goals? Or are these people just using a faulty goal setting technique? Perhaps they need to visualise the money better – really get the smell of it, see mountains of money stacked in bundles.

Stephen Covey says that sometimes we are so focussed on climbing the ladder of success, only to find out that once we reach the top, the ladder is actually leaning against the wrong wall. In other words, we need to make sure that whatever it is that we are desiring and pursuing is actually in line with our purpose in life.

Two things we need to establish before we focus on our goals are to define our values and to discover what we are truly passionate about. You see, the path to personal fulfillment is not always clearly marked. You need the right tools to help you move in the direction of where your very own personal treasure awaits you.

I often come across people who say to me: “I’m not really sure what I’m good at, what I love most and what really matters to me. In fact, I’m not really sure what I want in life!”

I can relate to that because I’ve been there too. Most people have ended up doing what they do because of influences from other sources. For example, they may have chosen a career based on the amount of money they could expect to earn as opposed to whether they really love the type of work. Their careers adviser or parents may have told them that they would be well suited to a particular type of career and they later discovered that they didn’t really like it after all. The important thing is to recognise that you can change direction at any time you choose. Just because you started out on a particular path, doesn’t mean you have to stay on that path or continue in that direction.

I went to school with a man who went on to university and studied Law. George did extremely well in his legal studies at university and became a partner in a suburban practice in his late twenties. More than twenty years down the track, George is still in his same legal practice where he is now the leading partner. Whenever we meet, he’ll tell me that this last week has been really busy but that he doesn’t know how he’ll get through the rest of this month because he hasn’t got very many matters in the pipeline. The funny thing is that he is always busy, he has a strong client base and he is good at what he does. He gets on well with people, they like him and they send him business.

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