“Do what you love. Do it well. The rest will sort itself out!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
A shoutout to my good friend Joe for this one! A financial executive will often toss this idea into the mix when we are discussing the roots of our mutual optimism!
There is an opportunity to be had when you channel your efforts into something you believe in. The path might not be clear, and the steps might be murky, but in the long run, it usually works out!
This has certainly been a guiding principle in my life. Just one example – I actually quit my promising career as an accountant thirty years ago in order to get aggressively involved in the pre-cursors to the Internet. Five years after that fateful decision, I wrote a little book that became a national bestseller. My future was firmly aligned to the disruptive forces of future trends.
Everywhere I go, I’m always watching for the signs of serendipitous success. My golf buddy Phil the fireman was similarly in the accounting field, bored stiff within but one year of starting – and decided to become a fireman! Studying on the side, he now has a Masters’s degree in public safety and security, and will likely move onto transformative leadership opportunities and change our world.
Another good skiing friend, Lauren, is a survivor of Hodgkin’sLymphoma. I just found out this weekend that she is leaving her job with a package design /packaging company in order to do more impactful work with the hospital which was an integral part of her recovery path.
I paraphrased to her the famous observation by Steve Jobs to John Scully when he hired him away from Pepsi:
“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?”
Follow your passion, invest in your purpose, nurture your desire. It will probably work out well in the long run!