What really turns you on?! Think about it... What would cause you to jump out of bed every morning with a fire in your belly instead of dreading that train ride into "work"?
What would you do if you could do anything in the world? Now, get ready for this question: Why arenít you doing it?
You can always come up with hundreds of reasons for not doing something. I challenge you to focus on the reasons you can do it. Lay out a plan that will enable you to get to a place where you can have passion living. That should be your ultimate goal!
In speaking to thousands of people from all walks of life Iíve asked them how they would know what they were passionate about and there are always some common answers...
It is what I would do if I had $10 million!
It is something that I would not think of as work!
It is that thing Iím doing when I lose track of time!
Your attitude is contagious. It infects those people around you in both your personal and business life. If youíre upbeat, excited and energized about a project, that message will come through loud and clear. If youíre unsure, slow and not really into it, that will be the message people get. Whether it is your co-workers, boss, friends or family, they will pick up on your passion. If youíre passionate about what youíre doing, youíre much more likely to succeed at whatever youíre doing.
What is success? Well, I urge you to figure it out for yourself and donít let others define it for you. A lot of people allow others to set their goals for them. Do not let someone else define success for you. If you want to be a high school basketball coach and know that is something youíll be passionate about, then go for it. If you really do want to be a real estate mogul and think that will make you happy, that should be your objective. But only because it is what you know will drive you and keep you excited. Not because your mom or dad or neighbors think it is "success.Ē Remember, youíre the one that has to live your life. Nobody else does.
I am an entrepreneur at heart and love starting and growing companies. Throughout my career Iíve only been able to help grow and develop one or two companies at a time as an operator. It has been incredibly rewarding. However, with my new Venture Capital Fund (Angel Venture Partners) that Iím creating, I should be able to assist 35-40 companies over the next 3-4 years. Talk about exciting!
During my last year working with Donald Trump, a class of middle school students visited Trump Tower on a field trip and Donald agreed to come down and meet with them and asked me to come down as well. They asked us all sorts of questions, but one that I remember very well was, "Donald, what would you do for work if you didnít do real estate?Ē And Donald answered, "I donít consider what I do to be work. I love putting together deals and building buildings!Ē What a great answer! Can you say that about what you do? Donald only sleeps a few hours every night and doesnít drink, smoke, or gamble. He loves his work. It is his passion.
Donít get me wrong; Iím also a realist and understand that there are going to be times in our careers and life when we donít get to do everything we want. It may feel like a "dead-endĒ job or you may see the writing on the wall and understand that you just donít want to be a part of your current company anymore. What do you do? I recommend taking advantage of that situation to create better opportunities for your future. Do not sit around and mope. Do not have a bad attitude. Take that opportunity to teach yourself some new skills. Network, network, network. Even if it is something simple like learning excel and power point or attending trade association meetings in the industry where you eventually want to work. Once youíve figured out your long-term plan, it will be easy to determine what activities will help you the most in the future. Just donít waste that time feeling sorry for yourself. Develop your plan that is based on living a passionate life and start executing on it. Before you know it, youíll be living that passionate life.
About the Author
Kelly Perdew. After winning the NBC hit show, The Apprentice 2, Kelly spent 2005 as an Executive Vice President in the Trump Organization, where he managed several projects. Kelly is now a Managing Director for Angel Venture Partners, a venture capital fund that collaborates with leading angel groups across the country to invest in early stage ventures. For more info visit: http://www.kellyperdew.com