075: Is “Follow Your Passion” Bad Advice? [Podcast]

Should you follow your passion or not? In my talks I often state two things: 1) the most successful people have passion for what they do and  2) to find the best work for you find ways to connect the work you love to money. After the talk, some will mention authors that argue against the “find your passion” mantra. For example, Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs tells people that “finding your passion is terrible advice.” Another who talk against finding passion is Scott Adams, author of the Dilbert Cartoon Series. And of course my own friends and clients often challenge these ideas. Recently Rusty Hyde of Hyde Engineering challenged the “follow your passion” thinking. With so many smart people challenging this thinking, I thought perhaps it was time to look into my message.

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Did I Say That?

I was trying to find out where I tell people to follow their passion. While I am sure I have used those words, what I usually do is tell them to find their calling – which is a mixture of passion, skills, and market demand. Perhaps my talk about calling is misunderstood for the simple “follow your passion” advice. That is fair since so many tout the “follow your passion” mantra.  Perhaps they are translating my message to “follow your passion.” Fair enough.

Why is Follow Your Passion Bad Career Advice?

So what is wrong with simply following your passion? The word “follow” implies someone is leading. Since it is your passion, it is YOU who must lead. And there is the problem. Leadership takes effort and work. It is not sit and think without action. Sit and think is fine, but if you are still sitting and thinking months later, you need to get moving.

But, passion is hardly a bad thing. There are plenty of examples of  people finding a passion and let it drive them (even if they have no great skill) as well as others who find something to be passionate about in what they do.  Some start with passion and others discover passion.

The trouble is that “follow your passion” is often an excuse for inaction due to laziness and/or fear. Instead of acting, they wait to discover. And wait, and wait, and wait.

Calling is Real

Cal Newport in his new book  So Good They Can’t Ignore You, mentions “research” which indicates most people do not have preexisting passions. That is crazy. We all have things we are passionate about. What Cal is “discovering” is that most people cannot see their passion. They are blind to it. I have had hundreds of conversations with clients who say they do not have passion about anything, only to discover their eyes lighting up a few minutes later what I lead them to talk about their passion.

The problem is not lack of passion, the problem is lack of thinking and action. We are so stuck in thinking about “jobs” that we have a limited view of how we might connect our passion to money. For instance, I met with a lady who is a bookkeeper the other day who could not find her calling. She later explained how she loved yard work, flowers, plants, and all things about making your yard look beautiful. She explained she was not willing to start a company doing this kind of work. She also did not have the depth of experience needed to get a job in these areas.

I asked her if she had thought of doing bookkeeping for a landscaping or horticultural services company. She had never thought of that. She could connect her passion to her skill. Why do we not see these opportunities? Partly because we are not taught to think. We are taught to follow directions. So our passions lay lifeless while we find work that pays.

Execution is Key

You might think I am arguing against Scott, Mike, and Cal. This is hardly the case. In fact, if you read on in their material you will find they are not against passion, but perhaps more against excuses. But when the soundbyte is delivered, it sounds like Scott, Mike, and Cal are suggesting we should all hate out jobs. Hardly the case. Those who argue against “follow your passion” are really saying that we need to be willing to WORK.

Passion can be chased, discovered, propel us, etc. – but execution is the key.

I might be tempted to say “Let you passion drive you.” or “Your passion can help you find your calling.” or many other pithy statements, I will avoid doing so.

Instead I will just say, finding work that is meaningful to you takes a mixture of many things, but action is the one ingredient that must be part of the equation. Passion without action is just a bunch of hot air.

Your Calling or Your Passion?

Want to explore ideas you might want to act on? Learn how to find your calling so you too can find ways to make money and create your own new normal.

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074: Why Does Everyone Want to Start a Nonprofit? [Podcast]

It is an epidemic. Everyone seems to want to start a nonprofit. They want to serve the inner city, the poor, the boys without fathers, those who cannot read, and many other causes. Yet, when I hear nonprofit, my heart sinks. It is not that nonprofits are bad, but something about our society is being said when we all want to be a nonprofit. If you are thinking a nonprofit works for you, here I will challenge some of your assumptions.

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Reasons to Rethink Your Plan to Start a Nonprofit

  • All business serves people. It seems as a society we have been taught that being a for-profit business is evil. We begin to believe that businesses which are about making a profit do not serve people. Nothing is further from the truth. Business is all about service. Look around and see all the positive impacts that have come from for-profit business ventures.
  • Disconnecting the customers from the person served. This is one of the greatest challenges nonprofits have. They serve one group and are paid by another group. This disconnect is a constant source of trouble since you will need to always be trying to convince your customer (the one that pays) that you have added value.
  • Non-profits do not have to show value. We assume that nonprofit means I can serve others without having to show results or show value added. People will just pay me to serve. This assumption is definitely false. Just find people who have been in the nonprofit world for a long time. The challenge is about how you show value added. Since the customer served is different from the customer paying, showing value is going to be a challenge.
  • People value what they pay for. As a nonprofit providing services, we think that those receiving the “free” service will place value on what they get. Perhaps they will for a short time, but this quickly goes from thankful to expectant and then to entitled. It is human nature. What I do not pay for, I do not value.
  • Nonprofit means no profit. You have to remember that nonprofit is just a tax status. You still will need to show some money flow and have good accounting practices. In fact, you will have to be more diligent in accounting than any other business since those who fund you might call you asking for evidence of how you spent their money.
  • Nonprofits are messy.  Nonprofits have many legal and tax issues that the founder and directors must be careful to manage. This is definitely a place where you need an attorney and an accountant to make sure you dance between the laws.

The For-Profit Option

Nothing is wrong with nonprofits, they are just overused and poorly thought out. A much better option for serving people is by offering a regular business that provides goods and services. We often assume those people who I want to serve cannot pay. But, that is rarely the case. The problem is getting your customer to value what you offer. When I look at poor people in my country, many living on the government, they still have money to buy things like televisions, iPhones, and other luxury goods and services. If I want to help those who have little resources, I might have to get creative with what I offer and how I show them I can add value. But, that is what marketing is all about. And whether for profit or nonprofit, I still have to convince them to use my services.

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073: Growing Your Influence through Managing Your Contacts [Podcast]

Building a network is one thing, managing your contacts is quite another. With so many platforms (Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, email, etc) to keep up with, it is hard to reminder the last time I checked in with the key people in my network, much less what we said. But worse than that, I noticed that I would meet some great contact, and by the time I got back with them a year or more had past. The initial meeting and relationship had gone cold. Now I was working to rebuild the relationship. I was searching for some simple solution to keep up with it all. Then my mastermind group showed me Contactually.

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Contactually is a powerful tool that helps me do some of the things I continually teach others to do. (For example in Networking for Introverts)

  • Develop key contacts that I want to grow and stay in touch with them.
  • Find ways to periodically add value to the lives of those key contacts.

Managing Your Contacts by Keeping Contact

In this interview with Brian Pesin of Contactually we discuss key principles for networking success.

  • The importance of systematizing your business
  • What a CRM is and what it can do for you/your business
  • A four step framework that professionals can use to stay relevant with the VIPs in their network.

A Look at Contactually

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072: I Work My Day Job to Fund My Dream Job [Podcast]

If I asked you what you were working toward, could you tell me? A recent conversation startled me. A very bright and well educated man I was coaching told me of his dream to start a non-profit to help stamp out illiteracy. He had a true heart for those who were held back because they could not read. But, his short term goal was to move up in his company. Sensing that I was not hearing him right, I asked why he had two opposing career goals. Both would take energy and commitment. In reality, he could not do both. He told me, “I work my day job to fund my dream.”

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Question the Dream

His statement led me into some obvious questions:

  • How much money do you need to start?
    He did not know.
  • Are you serving this group now on a volunteer basis?
    He wished he could more, but his job is too busy.
  • Why don’t you start now?
    All people who run non-profits seem to be broke themselves. He did not want to go broke.
  • Why does the business have to be a non-profit?
    The people I am serving cannot pay, so I have to get others to pay.
  • Have you talked to anyone who runs a successful business serving these people?
    No.

I will deal with the non-profit issue in more detail later. (Seems to be an epidemic of people wanting to start non-profits.)

I think this man is pretty typical. He has a dream, but really he is wandering aimlessly listening to friends and society about how he should serve and what he should do. He is not doing the one thing he alone can do – think.

But I am not making fun of him. By no means. You try it. Next time someone tells you what they want to become, ask them some obvious questions to see if they are on the path, or just “dreaming”.

Rather than Wondering Aimlessly

What if someone asked you these questions?

  • Do you know what your dream is? Can you describe your future? In detail? If not, work on getting clarity.
  • What are your obstacles in terms of money? Get clear how much you need and the reality of those needs. The average startup cost of a new business is less than $10,000. Here are five ways to start for less than $1000.
  • What does it really take? Have you reached out and found people living your dream and found out from them how they got there? If you struggle with networking, check out Networking for Introverts
  • Seek out those who will encourage you, not squash your dreams. Find someone who will help you think through how to get started and grow into your dream instead of waiting. Avoid the one-way-to-success people.
  • Figure out how to get started TODAY and get momentum. Do something. If you think you are in the top 10%. If you act you become the top 1%.

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071: Do You Really HAVE to Do Anything? [Podcast]

Are you running yourself to death? The typical family with careers and kids spend most of their time running and working. They run to get their kids to school. They run to work, which is running all day. Then they run home to get their kids and take them to their endless array of sports and activities. All in the name of providing for our kids and “living the dream”.

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The end result is exhaustion, burnout, poor eating, lack of exercise, and shallow relationships. Most parents do not even really know their kids. They are not spending time with them, they are spending their time serving them. Why? We have to, or course. We have to do it all and do it well.

As I meet with and speak to people all over the world, I see the same challenges. They are the have-tos of life, which are rarely challenged.

You have tos

  • Go to college to be successful. (or send my kids so they will be successful)
  • Get a loan to go to college.
  • Go to the best college. (define best on your terms)
  • Live in the city where I work.
  • Work from 8-5.
  • Have my kids play sports, music, etc so they will be well rounded and succeed.
  • Spend my days running my kids from one thing to another so they will excel.
  • Do what my neighbors do.
  • Do what my family expects. (Assuming you are an adult living on your own.)
  • Make more money.
  • Have a car payment.

It is comical (and scary) to see the families working like dogs to make it all happen. Recently I listened to a family with pre-college kids lecture me about what all must be done to get their son into college. He must be in sports. He must do several community activities. He must make excellent grades. He must take advanced courses. He must….. Was any of it true? No. But they sincerely believed it was true. Their son’s entire future rested on them working. Their intense planning and work made me wonder if they were preparing a boy for college or instead launching the space shuttle.

Challenge Your Assumptions 

How much time and energy do we waste on assumptions or advice of so called gurus and experts? Challenge your assumptions. Whenever we find ourselves starting a must, we should step back and ask two questions:

  1. Am I really sure?
  2. Can I think of any examples to support my assumptions?
  3. Can I think of any examples that counter my assumption?

Remember basic logic. If something is true, it is always true. Any example to the contrary disproves a statement from being fact.

For example, can you think of anyone who has been successful without college? Since you can (if not, email me and I will give you a list of self-made billionaires who did not go to college) then the statement “You must go to college to be successful.” is NOT true.

I am not really a country music fan, but cannot help to think about the song “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama. Maybe we should all take a listen and then stop and rethink what we are doing and why.

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070: 5 Ways to Get Clarity and Get Moving [Podcast]

I spend a lot of time coaching others. I tend to start the conversation with some basic questions. Where do you want to be in a few years? Where are you now? What are the obstacles in your way from getting to where you want to be? What is the major obstacle? After doing this for years, I can conclusively say that most of us have no idea what we want, where we are going, or how we are going to get there. We lack clarity.

 

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Clarity is an odd thing. Most of the people I coach are paid for clarity. They help to make plans and implement them for their employers. Yet, most have no personal clarity or plan.

Five Ways to Get Clarity and Get Moving

1. Take Responsibility for Your Own Clarity.

It is not anyone else’s fault that you do not have clarity, it is yours. Clarity is a decision. If you do not have it, then I suggest you get it, else you are working toward the wrong goal.

Recently I was talking to a client who was working hard to move up in his company. He was working toward certifications and education that would help him move up. But, when I asked what he wanted to do and who he wanted to serve, it had nothing to do with his current job or industry. It was as if he was working to build a house in the wrong city.

2. Do it Now. Waiting is not an Option.

I often hear, “I am working to fund that business I want to start.” When I hear this, I always ask “What do you need to start?” The answer is always fuzzy. Often it is money, but when I ask how much, they have no idea. When I ask who they have talked to who is already in the business they want to pursue, most people tell me they have not talked to anyone with expertise in the business.

Get clarity and get on with it.

3. Forget about Your Past and Present.

When I ask others what they want to do, most tell me they want to move up in the company. After I dig a little, I can tell they have a little buyers remorse. They got a degree in a field which led them to a job in the field. Now with experience and a degree, the only option is to move up. But the digging often reveals they do not really want to be in this industry anymore – much less this job. You can hear it in their voice. It is dead and hollow with no energy or excitement about what they do, or their prospects for the future. When I finally get them to their true goal, it is as if the clouds have moved away. I can hear that excitement they lacked in their original plan. Your past does not define your future.

4. Think Five Years into the Future. 

What does it look like. What do you want to be doing? Who do you want to be serving? How do you want to be impacting the world? Create a visual environment. Jack Canfield suggests making goals, and writing each goal on a notecard. Then daily read over the notecards visualizing what it will look like when you have accomplished the goal. Make the visual and vidid. This is similar to the strategy used by sports psychologists when they tell athletes to visualize themselves playing the game and perfectly performing their sport. If it works in sports, it will work for you.

5. Define the Obstacle to Success. 

Obstacles are weird things. Usually I hear one of 3 obstacles – time, experience, or money. So, that leads me to ask “How much time, money, or experience? How do you know when you are there?” It is rare that they know.

Once you know the obstacle, you now know what to do. Deal with the obstacle. Go over it, around it, do whatever it takes. Once that obstacle is conquered, identify the next and move forward!

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069: Four Reasons to Grow Your Personal Brand [Podcast]

I am the kind of person you likes to hide. I would rather not have myself out there to be seen by all. I would rather do my job and go home. (Or at least that is how I was.) The idea of developing a personal brand has always felt like me selling myself, and a little slimy. But, I am now discovering that it is not slimy, but many of those who are preaching the need for a personal brand make it slimy. So, I want to take some time over the next few weeks to talk about your personal brand – why you need it and how to develop it. But first, why should you care.

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Being Off the Grid (web) is Ridiculous

Many people, especially IT types, tell me they are ”off the grid,” meaning that I will not learn anything about them by searching on the web for their name. While that sounds like a good idea, the truth is they have limited their opportunities. Unless I am hiring certain kinds of work, I would not want to hire someone who is “off the grid”.  Face it, hiring people is scary. I want to know as much about them as possible before I invest time and money. So for me and most of the rest of the world, off the grid is also off the list.

Four Reasons to Grow Your Personal Brand

  1. They will Find You – Grow Your network without Effort
    Hate networking and those awkward introductions? If you have expertise or knowledge in a particular area, people will reach out to you. For instance, I have talked often about introverts, especially as related to networking. Recently a group who was looking to develop a program around introverts reached out to me for help. A network and people I would have never met on my own. 
  2. You Will Be Searched
    Have you been Googled lately? I bet you have. If you are meeting new people, going on an interview, or are talking to someone for any reason, they have probably googled you. It seems almost every time I meet someone new, they know a lot about me and my opinion about certain issues. But, sometimes we are just trying to find a photo of a person we are going to meet so we  can avoid asking everyone in the room “Are you Mark?” But if you are interviewing for a job or even looking at a volunteer opportunity, they will seek you out on the web via a search. And, even if your name is not found in the normal places on Google, it can be found in other paid searches which are used by employers. As much as you can, you need to control what information is out there. 
  3. Credibility
    While we cannot believe what we read on the Internet (or anywhere else for that matter), we can use social proof to understand how much something or someone is accepted. For instance, if I search for you on LinkedIn and find that you have a massive amount of recommendations, some from my contacts, your credibility just took off in my book. It does not mean I trust it without my own investigation, but it does offer “social proof” that you are legitimate.
  4. Finding Opportunity
    In the end, your brand should do like any other brand, bring you income. I have said it many times, every opportunity in life comes through other people. As your brand attracts people, opportunities are coming your way. Opportunities to work, to start new ventures, and sometimes just to serve your fellow man. 

Product Creation Coaching

By request of many of you, I am finally offering a coaching plan to help you and a few others to define, design, and develop an information product. This coaching will last 8-weeks, and we will meet weekly – most likely on Tuesday nights at 7PM CST over the web. This coaching will be limited to a small number of participants, helping each to:

  1. Define products and services you can easily offer.
  2. Define the market for your products.
  3. Begin the product creation plan using tools you already own (no investment in new tools needed)
  4. Testing ideas and titles.
  5. Releasing and marketing the product so others can learn about it and you can get paid.

Reserve your spot now for Product Creation Coaching: Make Money While You Sleep

In case you missed my webinar on “How to Create Your First Information Product in 30 Days”, you can now see the replay here!

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068: Day Job to Dream Job | Interview with Kary Oberbrunner [Podcast]

I remember getting up on Monday morning with a sense of dread. I was going to work and hated every minute of it. I was stuck in a day job. I would wonder, “How had I gotten here?” After my great education from a top engineering school, I was suddenly stuck in a mundane, boring, and yet very stressful day job. How could I get from my day job to my dream job? What was my dream job? To help YOU answer those question, today, I bring you Kary Oberbrunner, the author of the new book Day Job to Dream Job.

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Day Job to Dream Job

In this discussion with Kary, we talk about his journey from day job to dream job. Kary shares his passion for the problem and the solution.

For instance, if you feel in prison at your job (like I did) you are not alone. Over 80% of the people in the industrialized world feel that way. Kary shares my passion for wanting to provide a help to those living a lifeless corporate existence and are ready and willing to make a change.

In his new book Day Job to Dream Job, Kary shares his 9 steps to break free.

  1. DESIGN Your Story – Your GPS Dictates Your Destination
  2. DESIGN Your Space – Your Experience Reflects Your Values
  3. DESIGN Your Service – Choose Your Solution, Then Your Service Style
  4. CREATE Your Platform – If You Want to be Heard, You Must be Seen
  5. CREATE Your Product – Products Increase Influence, Impact, and Income
  6. CREATE Your Promotion – Market before You Manufacture
  7. MAINTAIN Your Community – Every Dream Needs a Team
  8. MAINTAIN Your Clarity – Complexity Kills Clarity
  9. MAINTAIN Your Credibility – Success Is Found in Singularity

 

During the discussion, we talked around these topics, but we focused in on the first one.

  • Getting started is about crafting your message, your internal GURU. Kary calls it your GPS, or your Guru Positioning Story.
  • Getting clarity about who you are and what you offer is one of the hardest parts. But without clarity, you have confusion.
  • Why we must market before we manufacture.
  • When you make a choice, you have to give up something. As John Maxwell puts it, “You must give up to go up.”
  • “The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.” C.G. Jung
Want to get Kary’s New Book?

Product Creation Coaching

By request of many of you, I am finally offering a coaching plan to help you and a few others to define, design, and develop an information product. This coaching will last 8-weeks, and we will meet weekly – most likely on Tuesday nights at 7PM CST over the web. This coaching will be limited to a small number of participants, helping each to:

  1. Define products and services you can easily offer.
  2. Define the market for your products.
  3. Begin the product creation plan using tools you already own (no investment in new tools needed)
  4. Testing ideas and titles.
  5. Releasing and marketing the product so others can learn about it and you can get paid.

Reserve your spot now for Product Creation Coaching: Make Money While You Sleep

In case you missed my webinar on “How to Create Your First Information Product in 30 Days”, you can now see the replay here!

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067: How to be Happy at Work (even if you hate your job) [Podcast]

If you are not loving your job, you can always quit and find another. But, for some of us that option is either a hard choice or something that will happen over time, not tomorrow. So, whether you are working on a new job or waiting for an event like retirement, the trick is to find out how to be happy at work – today.  

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According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are “disconnected” at work. This means more people lack any sense of fulfillment – or they are a “cog-in-the-wheel.” This lack of purpose and meaning will quickly drive one to be unhappy at work. We feel it is meaningless drudgery because no one really cares about what we do.

Be Happy at Work  – Starting NOW

In this podcast we explore a few things that can turn the page and make work fun.

Make a choice. First you make a choice to be happy. Be conscious that you have control over your own emotions. No matter what others do or do not do, they do not have control over how you feel, you do. So you have to make the choice to be happy. When you make the real choice, your brain will start to work.

Who am I serving? Second, figure out who you are helping at work. Does what you do help your boss, your co-worker, others? Figure out who you serve. Most likely it is several people you are serving. It is best to get a name of each person you are serving. If you cannot think about who you serve, then ask yourself “If I did not do anything for a week, who would be impacted?” and then ask “How will they be impacted?”

Go ask. Next, go talk to those people you serve and ask them how you are doing. If you determined sending Sally a report of sales weekly was the thing she got from you, then ask her what she does with the report and how it helps her. Then ask if there is anything else you are doing or could do to be of more help. This proactive approach generates a conversation. When others realize you are really serious, they start to think about what you do more often.

Clean off your workspace. Clutter makes people nervous and stressed. Spend some time cleaning it up. Clean out your desk by getting rid of all those free and useless gifts you have been given. File those papers. Put those cables where they belong. Clearing a space helps you get clarity.

Avoid social media. Stay away from the negative social media drain, especially Facebook. Most social media is negative, so turn it off at work. If you need your fix, schedule a few times during the day where you can check in.

Take it outside. Go outside a few times a day. Just get out and take a walk. Many people go to the office and never walk out till they go home. They eat in the lunchroom and take a break in the break room. Get outside of the office somehow a few times a day.

Be the CEO. When I was at a job that I hated, I decide to role play. I started wearing suits and thinking like the CEO. What would the CEO do with this information? How would the CEO plan this meeting? I started realizing I had no idea what the CEO thought, so I found myself searching out corporate goals and strategic plans. I looked at our customers differently. As a result, the people around me became more positive and gave me a greater amount of respect. This was a shocking outcome – I realized much of what I had not liked was me.

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Question: Are you happy at work? If not, what are you doing to change it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.