My friend Sandy is passionate about what she does. She loves to do healings and readings for people and she offers her services on her website, on facebook – and she blogs. Yet – she cannot make a living. Being passionate and happy to work very hard at it, she attends seminars on website marketing, spends money to increase her networking base and visualizes herself getting what she wants. However, after many years, she is still where she has started of.
There is a lot of talk about doing ‘passion tests’, discovering your passion and following your dream. I’m not sure if I fully agree with that. There is a lot to be said for finding a job, working at it, adding value at your workplace – and becoming valuable. With increased knowledge, understanding and wisdom in your field it is much easier to become passionate about what you do, standing out from the rest and adding your value. Yes, it is easier to put in the hard work when you also enjoy what you do and in that sense I agree. But many people don’t realize that simply following a hobby or even several, does not make them an experts in their field,
David Kekich writes: “The best investment you will ever make is your steady increase of knowledge. Invest in yourself. Thirty minutes of study per day eventually makes you an expert in any subject – but only if you apply that knowledge. Study alone is no substitute for experience.”
Go out and create your future. Build your skills. Become an expert. Be relentless on your quest to expertise. Step up. Take action. Do the work. Get better. That is what matters. Make little bets. Turn them into big steps. Go for it.
Don’t think that simply following your passion is the sure path to success.
Learn to add value. Only then will the market deem that you’re good enough, smart enough, and that enough people like you so that you will earn what you deserve.