It’s something that a lot of business and life coaches are going to totally disagree with, but it needs to be said.
I’ve watched far too many smart men fall into this trap and lose their confidence and money in the process.
I’m talking about the “just follow your passion” mantra that’s become so prominent over the past few years.
In this video you’ll learn about the dangers of blindly following passions and why it’s NOT what the world wants from you.
What The World Really Wants From You
The world doesn’t want you to blindly follow your passions.
The world rewards men who discover their life’s mission and align everything in their life to fulfill that mission.
In other words, dedicate everything in your life to your mission and get paid handsomely with wealth, love, and respect.
Following every passion unchecked will lead you to a selfish and ignorant life. Doing nothing and waiting for clarity will lead you nowhere at all.
So what do you do?
Let’s take a few cues from Michael.
How Michael wasted four years on passion
Michael was a strong man. Dedicated to whatever task was at hand. He was known as Mr. Reliable at the office. His work wasn’t always the best, but it was always his best and on time.
Everyone liked being around Michael. He was polite, funny, decent looking, and he was dreamer. He was always coming up with great ideas for a new business, product, service, app, or whatever.
Even though he was good at his job, and people respected him there, he felt he was meant for more. He had the entrepreneurial bug.
Like most would-be entrepreneurs, Michael had so many new ideas, and he was scared to try any of them. He was an “all or nothing” type of guy and was afraid of losing everything by running with the wrong idea.
So for years he did nothing. All dream no action.
He woke up every morning hating that he was doing his best work for someone else and not himself. He hated that he was still too scared to risk it all.
His life was very comfortable, and growing more so each year, but he was unfulfilled until…
…the morning he woke up on fire.
“I still remember it was a Thursday. Nothing was different from the usual. Nothing terrible happened the day before. Everything at the office was fine. Life was good by all the normal standards. It was just like I woke up on fire. I was done letting fear of the unknown keep me from chasing my passions.”
Michael dove in headfirst.
His head was filled with so many ideas, and each one seemed filled with intrigue, possibility, and money.
He started learning everything he could. Each day he’d read about someone else who made it big doing what they loved, and each time the story would resinate with him.
He was addicted to “learning”. Spending any extra time reading blogs and books about business, marketing, selling online, lifestyle design, following your passion, etc.
He would explore an idea just long enough to get inspired to do something else. Then he’d explore (spend more time, energy, and money) on that idea until another came along and so on. He didn’t stay with anything long enough to master it. He told himself he was quickly becoming a Jack of all trades. However, what he was really doing was allowing himself to be lead by the success of others.
He confused his admiration of other’s success for the work he was passionate about and should be doing.
This is the trap many would-be entrepreneurs fall into.
“I looked back at what I had accomplished during the last four years. Nothing. I was still working at my job doing the same thing I’ve done for nine years! It was disappointing to think I spent four years chasing dreams with nothing to show for it. That’s when I started to rethink my motives. It’s almost like I was grasping at straws. I would read something and be like Oh hey that can work for me and then I’d spend a bunch of time and money trying to make it work. Then I’d see something else and do the same thing again. It got to where I was really just chasing money. Next thing I know it’s been four years!”
Where Michael failed is that he made “success” his only driving motive. He let the success of others dictate his actions instead of choosing a path with the determination to master it.
Everyone wants success, and everyone wants it now. More wealth, love, and respect is what we’re all after. No surprise there, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it either.
But the desire for success isn’t enough to achieve it. There are other parts to the equation like…
Service, Devotion and Calculated Action.
As in, what will you give to the world to improve it. How will you serve the life of others? Why should anyone stop what they’re doing to pay attention to you?
Michael’s passions changed from week to week as he got excited about new things he was learning. He never thought about the core values that were important to him or how he could help improve and share them with world.
This is what the world wanted from Michael. It’s what the world wants from you too.
Your mission in life will ALWAYS be one that requires you to stay the course and give to receive.
The simple guide to your mission…
When you find something that gives to the world, gives to you (economically, inspirationally, mentally, & physically), and you’re “passionate” about it, devote yourself to it with everything you’ve got.
THAT is your mission, and it will become crystal clear as you emerse yourself into it.
With this clarity of mission you’ll quickly determine which calculated actions are right and which are a waste. How you can best serve and what’s not right for you. You’ll have laser focus to cut through all the distractions begging for your attention.
Think of the new you as a laser guided missile with success as your target.
Now get to it and go reap the rewards!