What stops most people from actually pursuing their passion is the fact that they need a paycheck to actually sustain themselves. At every turn, I hear advice recommending that we all simply figure out our gift, follow this passion and everything else will fall into place. I believe, however, that there is a fundamental step in this formula that enough people don’t acknowledge.
I don’t believe you should waste time pursuing a passion you haven’t taken time to perfect. Who cares if you are “naturally” good at something? While you’re somewhere pouting about people not recognizing how “good” you are, there are others out there taking time to make the same skill GREAT! And, therefore, turning the exact same passion into their payday.
Discovering your purpose or gift is really only the first step to creating a fulfilling life. Once you’ve been fortunate enough to realize what the gift is, I believe the equation to true passion driven success may resemble something like this:
GIFT + PASSION + PLANNING + PERFECTING + PURSUING + TIME = PROSPERITY
The problem in our culture is we want to acknowledge the fact that we are passionate about something and just pursue and prosper! Forget planning and who the heck has time to perfect? And don’t mention time! We don’t have time to put time in. All we know is it’s ours and we want it now; and not like right now, but like yesterday! We just want to throw something together and get a reward. But honestly, whatever happened to the concept of putting time in, honing your skills, paying your dues?
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