I heard it all of the time - love what you do.
Every time I heard it I got a 'twinge'. You know the twinge you get when something kinda annoys you? Like you can't even articulate why it bugs you? I thought it was caused by the fact that I'm not usually one for all the 'rah rah hustle hard' kinda stuff.
Boy did I read that twinge wrong.....
When I first started my business, I was working full time. I actually really enjoyed my full time gig but decided I could really elevate my business if I focused full time on it.
At first I LOVED it. I loved creating the website, and the social media content. I loved meeting new people and getting business from networking. I loved creating processes for the business to make it more efficient. But that wasn't what my business WAS. The service I offered was interior design, and the truth is that when I got a new project and it came time to do the work, I didn't love that part.
I didn't love the work.
Let that sink in for a second.
If you are in business doing something you wouldn't do for free - get out. If you're thinking about starting a business and you want to offer something just 'cause you think everyone will love it or it's trendy, don't. It might be 'fun' at first but if you don't love the core of what you're doing, you will struggle. You can't build something that you're just not passionate about.
I remember the day it hit me. I was driving through the mountains coming back from visiting with family. I was looking around as I was driving and a voice came in my head that said ‘what are you doing with your life?’ It was at that moment that I asked myself WHY I was still doing this. I don’t know what caused that thought process to get rolling but let me tell you once it did, there was no shutting it off. There was no denying that I was not meant to be doing what I was doing.
A few days later I made the decision to close my interior design business.
Even though I struggled at times, I don't regret making the decision to start my own business. I'm actually really grateful that I had the opportunity to learn all that I did. I wish it would have cost me less to learn it.....but I digress.
The truth is, if I had never taken the chance on myself I wouldn't know ANY of what I know now. I now know where I thrive and where I can bring the most value to the world around me.
So my advice? Figure out what really lights you up in life. Pay attention to the twinges.
Once you figure out what lights you up, start doing more of it. Not every passion, interest and hobby has to become a business or a side hustle.
Know that you can change your mind. Something that might have lit you up in the past, may no longer be fulfilling for you anymore and that’s okay.
Just love what you do.....until you don't. Then when you don’t, try something different.
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