When my good friend (and kick butt business coach) Alicia Arenas said to me this morning, “I can see your passion for organizing and how you want to change people’s lives” it really got me thinking. Almost two years ago (right after baby #2) I spent a good deal of time reading. I was on a mission to find my vocation – not just a job, not another paycheck, something I could put my heart into. With a pending layoff looming I was blessed with a huge opportunity for change. One of the best books I read was Dan Miller’s “48 Days to the Work You Love.” Dan’s book has you asking yourself a lot of questions, but the one question that I asked myself and I pose the question to others quite often, is: “Would you still do what you do if you weren’t paid to do it?” Of course our first instinct might be a big resounding NO. I mean who wants to work and not get paid right? Dan’s message is a lot deeper then that. By asking this question you can begin to dig deep and realize how passionate you truly are about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Is it something you can get behind? A message that makes sense, aligns with your opinions, your beliefs? Or are you settling for yet another J-O-B?
I do have a passion, and for me that passion is organizing. Someone recently asked me when I started organizing and I think I surprised them a little with my response. I said, “As a business, or just as a person?” For me, organizing is a part of who I am. I can vividly remember being 8-years-old and actually asking my grandmother if I could organize her junk drawer. I smile when I think that to this day my grandmother still calls or emails for organizing tips and advice. I guess you could say she was my first client.
I’m realizing that when you have a passion and your heart is in it others see that. They feel that. They know that about you.
What do you say you’re passionate about? Is your heart in it? Can others see that?