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?”