Let me begin this by saying that Les McKeown is someone I know, like and trust.
But, when I read his recent blog post “Stop Trying to Find Your Passion and Get to Work” it broke my heart a little bit.
It’s not that I don’t agree that competence and hard work are necessary ingredients to build a business, I do, of course. Applying what I teach is not easy. It takes a tremendous commitment, effort and, yes, competence. AND if that commitment is not fueled by passion, in this day and age, it is a whole lot more likely that it will not be sustainable. We live in a more abundant world than ever before. Today, there are a million and one ways to make money. And everything is more complex. In my experience, when the money-making endeavor is not fueled passion, it is simply not sustainable.
And in this new paradigm passion, purpose, love (I equate them all to the same thing) can and do all c0-exist with the highly profitable, sustainable business endeavor. In fact, I will venture to say that those who do not get into the both/and mentality of this new paradigm will (and are) being left behind.
So maybe at the end of the day, me, Les, Charlie and Karrie all agree – it takes both/and. Competence/elbow grease/good old hard work AND passion/purpose/love.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear your comments. I made a video you can watch about passion in business below.