Do what you love with passion and you’ll do good at it

I found inspiration today in a note I’d received 10 years ago.

When I was a young little buck in my career (actually I’d been doing it for some years already but doesn’t that really take away from that great intro) I worked at a huge company. It was a manufacturing facility that was part of a huge global company. One year all the locations Information Technology (IT) staff met in one city for a big pow wow.

Even though I felt really out of place amongst the “suits” somehow I caught the eye of a couple VP’s and a President that talked to me and pretty much told me they knew I was going places in this world. One took me aside and told me that he got me a book. It was on Stocks and bonds and knowing the market good and told me that it had treated him well in the past so he bought one for me because they all had so much faith in me.

Figuring that this was one of those things that they were pulling everyone aside and doing I mentioned it to some other people later. Needless to say a lot of people were pissed that they didn’t get any person time with the top Execs like I did. So I then looked at the book and treasured it.

Last night (10 years later) I looked at the book again after reading a couple chapters years before. I pulled it out hoping to get back into stocks and investing only to notice the index page for the first time. The chapters were highlighted and the order I should read them was numbered in the column. I was so touched I read the book literally all night last night and still haven’t gone to sleep yet.
Do what you love with passion and people will notice you and want to help. However, at the same time there will be ten times as many that want you to fail. Keep working relentlessly on whatever your direction is. That one in ten is always worth dealing with the other nine.

2 Responses to “Do what you love with passion and you’ll do good at it”

  1. Ron says:

    Phil,

    This is a great post and very timely for me. I made a career change when we moved the family from LA back to Wisconsin. I stopped doing music production and became a project manager for a retail construction company. Although the money has been much better, I don’t at all like my job. I recently started doing music production again and intend to slowly transition back to doing it full-time. I’ve been reading seemingly random things in books and on the web lately that seem to reinforce this idea everyday. Thanks for a little inspiration!

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