You may not have connections, or an education, or wealth, but
with enough passion and sweat, you can make anything happen.
Do you believe that? Sure. I’ll bet you do.
Do you live it? I’ll bet you don’t.
The key word is “enough.” What is enough passion and sweat? What must you sacrifice to follow that passion and how much sweat is really necessary?
It’s not passion we’re lacking, it’s sweat.
When it comes to sweat equity, that one word “enough” gives you (and me) an out. The excuse may go something like this… I’m really passionate about xyz, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my family for it, so I can’t put in enough work to really make it happen.
Or maybe your version sounds more like this… XYZ means everything to me, but I have to ______________________ (insert any legitimate need or task that has to get done, parenting, working, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
And it’s the truth. You are absolutely right. Don’t sacrifice family. Don’t neglect legitimate tasks. But also don’t use those very things as reasons why you can’t make something happen. Here’s why:
- Tolstoy wrote War and Peace and he had 13 children.
- Nick Vujicic, the man with no arms and legs travels the world and wrote a book.
- Dick Hoyt completed 1000 marathons, pushing his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy.
They were “regular” people with daily lives to manage before they moved beyond the barriers of time and space to make their ideas happen. Their everyday lives didn’t go away, they just CHOSE to live their passion, instead of just talk about it, think about it, and dream about it.
Skills are cheap, passion is priceless.
People are awesome, or so a video says that I found while writing this article. After watching just 1/3 of it, I had to agree. These are regular people who have clearly invested enough passion and sweat into what they love. Are you next? Watch the video, then check out the 3 simple rules to make anything happen.
Rule 1: Love your family.
Rule 2: Work super hard.
Rule 3: Live your passion.
These come straight from Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuck. He purports that if you correctly channel your passion, you can make anything happen. Start with the first rule, make decisions to love your family and be present when you are with them. Then, be willing to put in the sweat necessary to live your dream. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day writing your novel, taking 1 picture every day, writing a short blog post… whatever your passion, do it. Daily.
Invest the time, energy and sweat to make it happen. That’s when you start living your passion, you claim your place as a writer, photographer, artist, musician, or whatever other endeavor you dream.
This week, my challenge to you is to spend at least 7 hours pursuing your dream or passion. That could be researching a trip to Europe, planning and completing a photo shoot, doing a daily 365 photo project, scrapbooking your family photos. Whatever it is, if it’s really important commit 7 hours to it this week and watch how your attitude and world changes. Are you with me?