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Well to start out you’re asking the wrong question. The real question you should ask yourself is why? I just tricked you a little (ha ha) the only way to get on the path to the work you love is to answer the question WHY. So to explain what I mean I just want to give you a few quick thoughts:

1. When you focus on the “how” and the “what” you’ll get discouraged and give up

If you have kids, have they ever asked you to build a tree house? They’re super excited and so you think about it and say “yeah, shouldn’t be too hard, I’ll put it up”. What happens the day before you’re supposed to do it? Yeah, we all know what happens, you think about how you logistically have to do things. Then you think of what all the different things involved are and you get overwhelmed and 2 years later, your kids still have no tree house! When you figure out what your dream work situation would be, you can’t focus on how to get there or what it will take. When you think of those things you’ll easily get frustrated and give yourself every excuse under the sun to not move towards that path. Look at the example of the tree house, if you would focus on the why: how much fun and memories your kids will have with the tree house, then you’ll work that much harder and you won’t focus on all the little details. You’ll see the bigger picture and that will push you to get it done. When you figure out your true calling look at why you need to get on that path immediately!

2. When you focus on the “why” it gives you the right motivation

Here is an excerpt from my book to explain this point: “I know in the past I’ve read books that inspired me and I’ve been ready to take the world by storm, but it only lasted a week to a few days. It’s real easy to get excited about something, to know it’s really the direction you should be going in, and then you start thinking about everything that it would take to get that idea to happen and get completely overwhelmed and give up.

For me personally, I’ve had many different times when I was convinced about what I should be doing in life and was all pumped. I did the research about that certain idea, and things started to look completely impossible—I gave up!” Is this where you’re at? Have you ever done this? If I had focused on why I needed to be on this path then I would have the right motivation. Do you have the right motivation to move on to work you love?

3. So why should you do work that you love?

I can’t answer this question for you. You and only you can, no one else can tell you why! I can tell you my “why”:

  1. I want to watch my kids grow up: Parents, how fast do our kids grow up? The answer is super-fast. Today my wife and I went to a school orientation for our kids; we have a son going into 6th grade (WHAT!!!). It seems like just yesterday he was learning how to walk. That time goes to fast and I’ve already missed too much of it. How about you?
  2. The work I’m doing now doesn’t further my life or contribute anything positive to it: Here’s another excerpt from my book: “Your work should fit into your life, not your life into your work. If you’re at a job or business that takes you away from your family for more time then you feel is right, then that’s a big red flag that it’s probably not right for you!” As a matter of fact the job I’m at (this is me we’re talking about) is an extremely negative environment from the top done to the guys that clean our warehouse. Everyone there (not an exaggeration) is not happy and probably won’t be happy until they leave. For me to work there means I have to try hard and keep myself from bringing those negative vibes home.
  3. I want to have passive income: How nice would it be to know that while you’re relaxing on vacation you’re still making money? That’s the beauty of passive income; you’re working smarter not harder. (Don’t believe the lie that you can’t have passive income) Having passive income will allow me to enjoy life and still make a living or I can work a job and get some extra to help me get closer to my goal.
  4. The little things: How nice would it be to wake up and take your kids to school every day? How nice would it be to have passive income to the point where you can call your partner and tell her you’re leaving for an unplanned vacation? I nice would it be to wake up and think about your work and actually have a smile on your face? It’s totally possible!! What little things would you write down?

These are MY reasons for wanting to leave and move on to the work I love (writing) and trust me there are many more. As a matter of fact I wrote a whole book about it! Look long and hard at your situation, what is your work doing for your life? Do you know it’s time to move on? Do you have an idea of what you should be doing? Then start focusing on why you need to do that and you’ll be on that path in no time!

I talk about all this in my book, so if you haven’t already bought it yet, please buy it and get an in-depth look at our work and how it affects our lives (plus you'll get some great motivation)! It’s time for us as a people to start the “I’m not settling for any work” movement, will you join me? Also, while you're visiting the site, don't for get to sign up for the newsletter. It will contain help tools and future discounts!

Let me know what your “why” is, you can leave a comment below:

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Comment by Kimanzi Constable on August 31, 2011 at 1:14pm
I like that Deb, I wish I would have thought of that for the post. I feel the same way, thank you!
Comment by Deb Ingino on August 31, 2011 at 9:59am

Great post Kimanzi!

I love how you positioned the analogy here.

My Why is that when I am doing what I love it never feels like work, it does not drain me but rather it energizes me....it makes me feel like I am doing what I was born to do.

Thanks for this post!


Comment by Kimanzi Constable on August 30, 2011 at 6:47pm
Thanks for reading the post and commenting! I'll definitely be checking out your work.
Comment by Keith Kemp on August 30, 2011 at 9:26am

Why should I do work that you love?

To live a meaningful, fulfilling life.  To have the feelings of satisfaction that come with accomplishing something of importance.  To earn a better than average income so that my family can hear "yes" when they want to do something.  To take vacations knowing that there is income and moneys there even while we are away from home.  To be in God's will as I apply the skills and interests He has given me.

Comment by Andy Cook on August 30, 2011 at 7:28am
Great article! We apply this very principle in my direct sales business. If your "why" is big enough, then the "how" will not be a factor.

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