Passion at Work and the Two Types of People

should you do what you love | BIGG SuccessWe hear it all the time. Follow your passion.

Of course, before you can follow it, you have to find your passion.

Michael Martine (a.k.a. Remarkablogger) published a great guest post by Liz McGowen a while back.

She says you’ll be miserable if you follow your passion. If you turn your hobby into a business or even a career, you’ll come to hate all of them. You can’t combine work and play.

Liz also says you shouldn’t marry your best friend. Now we can debate the wisdom of following your passion, but we fiercely object to this nonsense about not marrying your best friend! It’s worked out very well for us.

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The question you should ask

So should you do what you love?

An unequivocal yes.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Pursuing your passion is an essential part of BIGG success.

But that’s not really the question. The question really is:

Should your passion be your career or business?

The answer is one of the best answers anyone can ever give:

It depends.

It depends on what type of person you are.

Full Tilt People

Full Tilt People have a passion that borders on obsession. A magnificent obsession.

And it’s not a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s a BIGG plus.

Full Tilt People love what they do so much that it consumes them. They live, breathe, eat, and sleep it.

If you’re a Full Tilt Person, you should try to build a career or business around your passion.

Of course, there has to be a market for it. At an absolute minimum, you have to make a good living at it today while setting aside money for your future.

Seesaw People

Most people still relish some balance between their personal and professional lives. At any point in time, one side may be up while the other is down. But on average, they are pretty balanced.

If you’re a Seesaw Person, you shouldn’t mix career and hobby.

You can and should love what you do. But you should choose a career that gives you time to do what you love in your spare time.

We’re definitely full tilt people. It doesn’t mean we don’t play. It means we love our work so much that we’re almost always on.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about discovering yourself so you can design and build a life that fits you perfectly. If it works for you, it works. And it leads to BIGG success.

Are you a Full Tilt Person or a Seesaw Person?

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3 replies
  1. julie k.
    julie k. says:

    I agree with the unequivocal YES to doing what you love. I have always heard, “Do what you love, and the money will come.” The Life is Good company made it their slogan: “Do what you love; love what you do.” I don’t do what I love; I work for a company and it literally crushes my soul when my manager says, “Do XYZ.” So, I’m taking steps to jump out on my own and go into consulting, the first step (in my mind) to owning my own business. I’m tired of letting someone else dictate how much I’m worth, and I have big(g) dreams about the way I want to live (reference: your “Starting Point for a Better Life” article). Consulting will double my salary, allow me to buy a much nicer house than I could with my current pay (my dream!) and to save far more money than I could. I know there are risks but in my right-to-work state, my job can be taken away just like any other job. I’m ready because I want more from myself and more from my life.

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