What is passion? It sounds like such an easy question to answer, but you really don't know.
I'm sure we've all felt that feeling when we want to go to work. We absolutely love it. The day just glides by, but then other times you get to work and it just feels like you're in the trenches and nothing happens. You think, 'What am I doing here?'
Then when you go home and you work on that 'passion project', and you find the time just flies by.
How much does that piss you off? You want to spend some time on what you love, but the time goes from 6 until midnight. All of a sudden, you're in bed and back at work the next day.
Your Reason for Going to Work
Most people don't consider why they go to work and what is passion. This is important to think about.
What is passion? What is passion to you?
Sometimes, you might find time gliding by, while other times, it feels like it's standing still.
It's important to understand what's passionate to you because, at the end of the day, you want to be doing what you're passionate about when you go to work.
You might be in the position right now where you've been running a business for 10, 15, 20, or 40 years. Who knows? Or, you’ve just been working for the man for 10, 15, 20, or 40 years. It doesn't matter.
What's important is you have had this emotion. We've all had this emotion, and we all need to work out why did we feel that way when we're doing that thing? Why do we love doing a certain thing and not another thing?
Because too many people are working in a dead-end job or the bosses of a company that they don't really care to be bosses of. They are just looking at a way to escape.
We all need to work out a way that we can be passionate about the reason we come to work.
Step Back and Understand What Drives You
If you're running a company and you find out that you're really passionate about helping people, change the reason that you're running the company to be more about helping people.
Bill Gates was running a software company for many years. He was helping people, but not necessarily in the same way that he's helping people now. The major thing that changed was he understood that he wasn't helping people through technology and that didn't drive him. That was just one way that he was helping people. He was helping people in many different ways, and he decided to step back and understand exactly what he was doing and what drove him. That’s what moved him away from technology, a very competitive area, into what he's doing now around making sure that people are staying safe.
My Story, My Passion
'It was always about helping people and helping people achieve more with less because I'm introducing them to new things.'
I have a similar, more Queensland-based story.
When I started my company, I really loved solving problems for people with computers. I love technology, and I love everything around it. What I've realised is I love finding out new ways to fix a situation that people aren't aware of.
I don't necessarily care about the I's and O's, and ones and zeros, bits, etc. I care more about helping businesses succeed by introducing them to new technologies that they may not have understood or even knew were available. Let that sink in...
I started fixing people's computers when I was about 11 years old or something like that, and I had my first computer when I was 4. All that changed over the years. I wasn't just fixing people's computers. It was always about helping people and helping people achieve more with less because I'm introducing them to new things.
You need to think about what is your why?
Why do you exist?
Why are you in business?
Why are you in your current job?
And let's bring it back to the start there. What are you passionate about and where do you find that time just flies and you enjoy doing what you're doing.
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