Think about the following.
Whatever grand plans you have in this online world. Whatever framework you’ve developed, can you define the guidepost that will get you there?
Ya, it’s a fine and dandy emotion to push you through the tough spots. But I honestly, truly think this word is overstated, overemphasized and often leads many fine peeps on a wild goose chase to nowheresville. Plus it’s extremely difficult to align your passion with a pursuit that puts food on the table.
And how can a human have just one passion? Have you been led on a hopeless passion expedition? The kind that leaves your tank empty?
My solution? Stop chasing your tail trying to find that oh, so elusive some-special-thing you love. How can you have a love affair with just one pursuit, if you have many?
And what about money, bread, cashola?
Just about everyone I’ve ever met wants a bit more cabbage in their pocket. Hell, I’d be telling you a bald-faced lie if I said I wasn’t in this for the money. You like the O’jays, right?
I do have to put food on the table and I’m assuming you do too. But if you’re in this just for the legal tender, have a miserable old time of it, because that’s what you’re in store for.
Jeez, Craig. if I can’t have one daggone passion and being into something just for the cash is not gonna cut it, what in Snooki’s underpants do you suggest?
Well, let’s zoom on in to your beautiful little world, shall we?
Think about your business: Your writing. Your number-crunching. Your designing, etc. Even if you have fallen madly in love with one vocation, it’s downright impossible to maintain intense love of anything each and every day, unless your 14, female and said object is Justin Bieber.
But I digress.
What word translates to good feelings, success, a strong brand, a powerful presence and a bang on model that makes people come back to you?
And what will keep your master plan intact and your little old self on track?
It’s not about making gobs of money, being famous or chasing that elusive passion. Nope.
It’s actually really, super-duper simple and it’s based on what you can do for others.
And I truly believe it’s what will guide you, your business, your creative pursuits.
Yes, I do think you should love what you do, and yes, money is well, a necessity, but this little noun is your key.
And just like the title says, that word is, ta-da: Contribution.
Whatever you do, I truly believe working for purpose is the best damn way to go.
Contribution. Not money, not passion.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a forest ranger, a soup kitchen volunteer or an online entrepreneur, simply focusing on exactly how you are contributing is key. Helping the other good citizens of planet earth and fitting this into the grand scheme is a benefit to others of course, BUT it is also your guide.
So get jinky with it. Contribution, that is.
If you’re always shooting for a gold star, money or acclaim, you’re in for a letdown and a monster of a migraine.
If you instead focus on your value and define a purpose, you’ll be happy and you might just start to spread that influence, make more money and discover that ever-elusive passion.
You don’t have to be the second coming of Mother Teresa, you just have to figure out your “thing.”
Contribution is like your little present to others, and guess what? It’s also your guide. Fo shizzle.
Just think on it and you can thank me in the morning.
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