“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” “Follow your passion and you’ll find what you’re meant to do.”
Are you rolling your eyes yet? Sure, these quotes are good and all, but the reality is a bit different. We all know that nothing worthwhile comes easy, and that’s the truth.
I love what I do for work, but that doesn’t mean that I’m excited about it all the time or that it doesn’t ever feel like work. Even though I’ve had the privilege to build and run my own business doesn’t mean that things don’t get tough. There are challenges, I feel a lack of motivation and sometimes I question everything—not in a good way. None of this means that I’m not passionate about my work.
From my perspective passion out-rules excitement. The reason you push through the drudgery of your projects is that you DO have a passion for it. Passion will never equal excitement. Excitement is only a piece of the puzzle.
There are highs and lows in anything you do, but passion is what fuels you. You have to love the said thing enough in order to come out on the other side.
There is a chapter about this concept in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She calls this “the shit sandwich.” There is always a part of the creative process (or any goal you want to achieve) that will frustrate you, but you have to push past it all. Love what you are doing enough to persist. It’s all about the process, not the end goal.
The process of building my side business and taking it full-time was not fun all the time, in fact, there were times that I was doing so much work for what felt like NOTHING. But there were also plenty of exciting and proud moments that happened along the way. Every step has been worth it in one way or another.
I think the point is to not get caught up in the idea of excitement and think that because you get frustrated with your work it must mean you are not passionate about it. Quite the opposite—If you’re still there WANTING to peruse your goal, you’re probably very passionate about it.
Put in the work and remember what you want to achieve. There are bigger things to come as you keep moving forward.
How do you see passion vs. excitement? Comment below =)
“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support” – Sabrina Bryan
Thanks for Reading,