Every morning when I wake up, I ask myself two questions while I'm still in bed:
1. Do I love what I'm doing?
2. Is what I'm doing making someone else's life better?
The answer is always yes to both…
And then I make my 6:45AM espresso.
A year ago, I probably would have had a different answer. And no, I've never made someone else's life WORSE (at least not to my knowledge), but I just didn't LOVE what I was doing.
I graduated from university in 2014, got my degree, and got a job. I was taught growing up that I needed to get a job that had room for opportunity and would allow me to "move up the ladder". I didn't want to move up any ladder.
I wanted to make my own ladder.
It has always been in me to create something on my own that would improve as many lives as possible.
Fear, negativity, anxiety, loneliness...these are the feelings that ran through my body on a daily basis while I worked my day job.
However, all this changed in October of 2017, when I quit my job and finally decided to pursue my dream.
This was the toughest and most stressful experience of my life.
What kept me going was my sense of purpose.
I am a firm believer of following your heart. If you can wake up every morning loving what you do, and go to bed with the same feeling - it's almost impossible to not be successful.
It's simple, if you love what you do, you’ll always put your heart into your work and it will never feel like work to you.
This is what underlined my decision to start a business.
Yes, I was surrounded by naysayers.
Yes, I had no idea if my plan would workout.
Yes, I was scared shi*less.
But I believed in myself.
I knew that if I was loving what I was doing, and making a positive impact on other people's lives, then all those feelings of fear and negativity would subside.
Well, here’s what I learned.
These feelings never truly subside. That’s just reality.
Instead, you must learn to deal with them.
The only person who can change your situation, is you.
The only person who can determine your future, is you.
And most importantly…you need to understand, there will many people in your life who will say you can’t - it’s inevitable.
But the only person you need to believe in, is you.
Although it has only been a short time since entering the entrepreneurial world, I’ve made hundreds of tough decisions already.
Associated with each decision is fear, anxiety, loneliness, and sometimes even doubt. However, the difference now is, I love what I do. And I know that if I love what I do, and I’m improving people’s lives in some way, any negative outcome of my decisions is really just an opportunity to learn something new.
Let me repeat myself…
If you love what you do, and are making a positive difference in the world, then you will always find a way past your obstacles.
When you wake up tomorrow morning, I want you to ask yourself two questions:
1. Do I love what I do?
2. Is what I’m doing making someone else’s life better?
If you can answer yes both, then you know what you need to do.
Start doing what you love to do – time is precious.