The Gap – Part 1

Every day, I get the privilege to hear from and work with both aspiring and actual entrepreneurs. It’s an honor and I love every minute of it. As a result, I’ve begun to see a pattern in the questions I receive via email or in conversations and I’ve realized something:

There’s a large and often frightening gap between where most people are and where they want to be, but they’re not sure how to close it.

This gap is caused by a breakdown in three distinct areas of your life: heart, mind and will. In this three-part series, I’m going to address each of those three areas to help you close that gap.

Heart – Get Passionate!

Let me just start by saying this: Most of you reading this HATE your job. In my head that sentence had a curse word I’ve edited out. Be honest: you also put one (or two) in when you read it. 🙂

Back in January, a study was released stating that only 45% of Americans are “satisfied” with their job. I don’t know about you, but I’m not happy just being “satisfied” with my job. Here’s what satisfied really means: “I don’t really like what I’m doing, but I’m paid too well to put much thought into leaving.”

If you’re content with “satisfied,” you should stop reading my blog.

Being in a job that you hate for an extended period of time will crush your spirit. Often, it will make spotting your passion difficult since “hope” was a word you stopped using many years ago. Heck, you’re just happy to make it to Friday. Trust me. I was there.

You need to dig down into your heart – into the core of your being – and really determine what you’re passionate about. Avoid questions like “If you had a million dollars what you start doing tomorrow?” since they’re complete fantasy. You probably don’t have a million dollars and it’s loaded with the idea that you need a million dollars to even think about changing your career. You don’t.

Try this instead:

“I [place curse word here] HATE my [possible word here] job. I don’t have a million dollars so that question is bull[crap]. Therefore, quitting my current job tomorrow would likely be foolish and irresponsible. However, I’m going to spend about 1/3 of my life working and I really, really, really don’t want to do this any longer than I absolutely have to. I know that I can start making decisions now that will pave the way for me to do something that I will truly LOVE by figuring out what I’m passionate about and doing that in every free moment I have. Over time, I will figure out how to monetize this passion.”

The Fantasy of Passion

Most people believe that if they were doing something they’re passionate about, life would be all roses-and-unicorns-and-cuddly-creatures. It’s not. But we’ll tackle that in the next post. 🙂

I would really love to hear your thoughts on passion and career below. Are you doing something you hate as a career? Are you “satisfied” with it? Are you passionate about it? If not, are you making plans to change your career?”

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  • Awesome post! Passion is what makes life. If you don't have passion in your life it's going to be pretty dull. And everyone has a passion, some just might be buried under the weight of get a 'real' job to make some money, support a family, retire and die. Anyone can make a living from their passion, no matter what it is. But you are right, you can't just run off and quit your job, but spend the rest of your time building something around your passion!

  • Awesome post! Passion is what makes life. If you don't have passion in your life it's going to be pretty dull. And everyone has a passion, some just might be buried under the weight of get a 'real' job to make some money, support a family, retire and die. Anyone can make a living from their passion, no matter what it is. But you are right, you can't just run off and quit your job, but spend the rest of your time building something around your passion!