#27 What we enjoy

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

-Billy Graham

People who have ideas that are overly protected don’t usually take the time to listen to new ideas that may help them.  These people are usually defensive and push others away without knowing it.  I know that I am guilty of this from time to time.

We all must come to terms with our personal brand.  It’s an odd topic, it makes people uncomfortable, and talking about it with your inner circle will probably get you nowhere.

What is your personal brand, you may ask.  It’s your values, the things you care about and the things that make you happy.  It’s what you do.

Is there any disconnect between you and your personal brand?

One day I am going to get a question from my son, Blake.  He is going to ask me, “What should I do with my life?” or “What should I do for a living?”  And I’m going to need to give him some good advice.  So I think back to some guidance I received when I was younger.

I was given an idea once.  The concept was, what I would do with my time and my life if money was not involved.

It changes things.

I enjoy art.  I enjoy drawing, painting, writing, and reading.  But everyone already knows you can’t make money doing those things.  Or can you?  Those are all hobbies, right?

Think of this…if you do whatever it is that you enjoy the most long enough, won’t you be good at it?  Could you do it long enough to be great at it?  Do you think you could find other people who have the same interests as you?  And once you are great at something don’t you think you could make a living doing it?

The concept of this is great.  I love this idea.  Because right now I know a lot of people who work very hard to make money to buy “stuff,” and “things.”  Material possessions.   They work hard just to pay bills for these, “things,” and that, “stuff.”

If we can all come to terms that we don’t really need half the things we are buying…it’s a good start.  Then our motivation to do what we enjoy will change.

Then we start doing what we enjoy.  What are your thoughts?

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